Virus Profile: W97M/Shore.p

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Virus Profile information details
Risk Assessment: Home Low | Corporate Low
Date Discovered: 2/6/2002
Date Added: 3/18/2002
Origin: Unknown
Length: N/A
Type: Virus
Subtype: Macro
DAT Required: 4186
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

The above messages displayed.

Methods of Infection

Opening an infected document will directly infect the local Word environment and any document opened thereafter.

Virus Characteristics

This is a macro virus for Word97 documents and templates and exists in a module named "Officee". It will turn off the macro warning feature of Word 97.

The virus will scroll the message "We R the best, U R zero" then "TopHack0105" and then "Microsoft Word" in the Word Application caption.

Tools/Macro will display the following message:

Tools/Macro/Visual Basic Editor displays the following question:

If the correct answer -> 41240uu4515 is typed in, the following message will be displayed and access to the editor will be granted:

If day is first of month, the following message will be displayed on closing an infected file:

If month is May, the following message will be displayed on closing the infected file:

Use current engine and DAT files for detection and removal.

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.

AVERT Recommended Updates:

* Office 2000 updates

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


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