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Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Wazzu
Technical name:WM/Wazzu.A
Threat level:Low
Effects:  It changes the position of words in the text, and inserts the word wazzu in infected documents.

Affected platforms:

Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT/ME/98/95

Detection updated on:Nov. 13, 2002

Brief Description 


Wazzu is a macro virus whose most dangerous action consists of, with a 20% probability, changing the position of a maximum of three words in infected documents.     

Furthermore, with a 25% probability, the virus inserts the wazzu term in infected documents.  

Wazzu activates when an infected Word document is opened. Infected documents can reach computers through different means, which makes it very easy to become infected with Wazzu. The virus then proceeds to infect Word documents (version 6.0 and later) and the global template that Word uses as the basis for every document.

Visible Symptoms 


The most noticeable symptom of infection is the insertion of the word wazzu in Word documents. This is done in 25% of infections.