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|Effects: ||It modifies certain properties of Word documents.|
|Detection updated on:||Nov. 13, 2002|
Ethan.BY2 is a macro virus that reaches computers in an infected Word 97 document, with a DOC extension. This document then infects the global template (NORMAL.DOT file) and spreads its infection to all the Word documents generated with it.
Ethan.BY2 does not cause any damage in the infected computer, as its only aim is to spread and modify some properties of the Word documents it infects.
Ethan.BY2 modifies the following properties of the Word documents it infects:
Title: Ethan Frome.
Key words: Ethan.
These changes are only made in three out of every ten infections carried out. This means that not all infected documents show these changes.
In order to check if the properties of your Word documents have changed, go to the Properties option in the File menu and click on the Summary tab to see the document properties. When this virus has infected the active document the tab will appear as follows: