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Freechan.A

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Freechan.A
Technical name:W97M/FreeChan.A
Threat level:Low
Alias:W97M/FreeCham.A
Type:Virus
Effects:  It displays a message on screen and spreads via e-mail.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Feb. 17, 2001
StatisticsNo
Family:VALENTIN

Brief Description 

    

Freechan.A is a macro virus that uses e-mail messages to reach other  computers. The subject of this message tries to dupe users into running the attachment making them believe it is just the sender’s CV.

Once the attachment is run, Freechan.A does not cause any destructive effects. Its only effect consists of displaying a text on screen at start-up, indicating that the system is infected.

Visible Symptoms 

    

The main symptom that indicates the presence of Freechan.A is an e-mail message with the subject Curriculum Vitae.

After running the Word document that includes the e-mail, the following message will be displayed on screen: