Parent class: VirWare

Viruses and worms are malicious programs that self-replicate on computers or via computer networks without the user being aware; each subsequent copy of such malicious programs is also able to self-replicate. Malicious programs which spread via networks or infect remote machines when commanded to do so by the “owner” (e.g. Backdoors) or programs that create multiple copies that are unable to self-replicate are not part of the Viruses and Worms subclass. The main characteristic used to determine whether or not a program is classified as a separate behaviour within the Viruses and Worms subclass is how the program propagates (i.e. how the malicious program spreads copies of itself via local or network resources.) Most known worms are spread as files sent as email attachments, via a link to a web or FTP resource, via a link sent in an ICQ or IRC message, via P2P file sharing networks etc. Some worms spread as network packets; these directly penetrate the computer memory, and the worm code is then activated. Worms use the following techniques to penetrate remote computers and launch copies of themselves: social engineering (for example, an email message suggesting the user opens an attached file), exploiting network configuration errors (such as copying to a fully accessible disk), and exploiting loopholes in operating system and application security. Viruses can be divided in accordance with the method used to infect a computer:
  • file viruses
  • boot sector viruses
  • macro viruses
  • script viruses
Any program within this subclass can have additional Trojan functions. It should also be noted that many worms use more than one method in order to spread copies via networks.

Class: Virus

Viruses replicate on the resources of the local machine. Unlike worms, viruses do not use network services to propagate or penetrate other computers. A copy of a virus will reach remote computers only if the infected object is, for some reason unrelated to the virus function, activated on another computer. For example: when infecting accessible disks, a virus penetrates a file located on a network resource a virus copies itself to a removable storage device or infects a file on a removable device a user sends an email with an infected attachment.

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Platform: MSWord

Microsoft Word (MS Word) is a popular word processor and part of Microsoft Office. Microsoft Word files have a .doc or .docx extension.


Technical Details

This is a stealth macro virus. It infects global macros area (NORMAL.DOT template) on opening an infected document and hooks many events: documents open, close, save, print, paste and copy commands, etc. Other documents get infection on any of hooked actions. While infecting a document the virus changes MS Word window caption to "� Microsoft Word".

To hide itself the virus disables menus:

Tools/Templates and Add-ins..

It also displays own ToolMacro dialog box where are no any macro listed. On try to open Visual Basic Editor the virus displays one of two messages (depending on MS Word localisation):

Error interno en Word Basic Err=1100e.
Imposible cargar bibliotecas din�micas.
Compruebe que todos los archivos est�n
en sus carpetas.
Si el problema persiste, consulte la guia
del usuario.
Word Basic internal error Err=1100e
Unable to load module 1x6004.
Check that all files are in their folders
and that they are not damaged.
If the problem persists, consult user's guide.

Every twenty minutes the virus checks words count in current document and if it is in ranges 350-400, 700-750, 900-950, 1000-1050, 1150-1200, 1300-1350 or 1500-1600 then in one case of four the virus mixes words in the document.

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