Virus Profile: W97M/Inadd.d

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Virus Profile information details
Risk Assessment: Home Low | Corporate Low
Date Discovered: 7/21/2000
Date Added: 7/24/2000
Origin: Unknown
Length: N/A
Type: Virus
Subtype: Macro
DAT Required: 4088
Removal Instructions


This is a virus detection. Viruses are programs that self-replicate recursively, meaning that infected systems spread the virus to other systems, which then propagate the virus further. While many viruses contain a destructive payload, it's quite common for viruses to do nothing more than spread from one system to another.

Indication of Infection

Macro warning when opening infected documents on non-infected system and macro warning option is set before hand.

Registry modification after opening infected documents on May 28:

HKU\.Default\Control Panel\International\sTimeformat = ""

Word setting modification after opening infected documents on May 28:

UserName = "Timeless Phenomenon"

Methods of Infection

This virus will infect the global template NORMAL.DOT. Once the global template is infected, any document used there after will become infected. This virus hooks the Word event handler of opening documents in order to run its code.


W97M/Lesstime.a, W97M/Timeless, WM97/InAdd-D

Virus Characteristics

This virus
* is a class module macro virus
* infects Word97/2000 documents and templates
* contains a date activated payload
* is not destructive
* will modify macro warning settings in Word

This virus contains a comment line in the source code which is not displayed:

'W97M/Timeless by e-

All Users :
Script,Batch,Macro and non memory-resident:
Use current engine and DAT files for detection and removal.

PE,Trojan,Internet Worm and memory resident :
Use specified engine and DAT files for detection. To remove, boot to MS-DOS mode or use a boot diskette and use the command line scanner:


Additional Windows ME/XP removal considerations

Users should not trust file icons, particularly when receiving files from others via P2P clients, IRC, email or other mediums where users can share files.

AVERT Recommended Updates :

* Office2000 Updates

* Malformed Word Document Could Enable Macro to Run Automatically (Information/Patch )

* scriptlet.typelib/Eyedog vulnerability patch

* Outlook as an email attachment security update

* Exchange 5.5 post SP3 Information Store Patch 5.5.2652.42 - this patch corrects detection issues with GroupShield

For a list of attachments blocked by the Outlook patch and a general FAQ, visit this link .
Additionally, Network Administrators can configure this update using an available tool - visit this link for more information .

It is very common for macro viruses to disable options within Office applications for example in Word, the macro protection warning commonly is disabled. After cleaning macro viruses, ensure that your previously set options are again enabled.


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