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Ethan.DP

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Ethan.DP
Technical name:W97M/Ethan.DP
Threat level:Low
Alias:W97M/Ethan.O5
Type:Virus
Effects:  It displays messages on certain dates.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:March 20, 2001
StatisticsNo
Family:VALENTIN

Brief Description 

    

Ethan.DP 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.DP does not cause any damage in the infected computer, as its main aim is to display messages on screen on certain dates of 1999.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Ethan.DP is easy to recognize, as on certain dates it displays different messages. These messages are:

April 1, 1999:
Window title: Y2K! Spread de world
Message:
This is not an April fools joke. I wish it were! The year 2000 is fast approaching, and the word still needs to be spread about the implications and dangers of the millennium bug commonly referred to as the Y2K bug. The virus that has infected this word document was written to help spread the word about the Y2K bug, and educate you so you can prepare yourself and your family for Saturday January 1, 2000.
From today until January 1, 2000, on the first business day of each month, I will give you a lesson in Y2K preparation.
Spread the word. Knowledge is power!

July 2, 1999:
Window title: Did you get the stove?
Message:
Last month I recommend purchasing a gas stove to help heat your home in the event that your supply of electricity, gas, or oil was interrupted. This month I would like to suggest that you purchase a portable generator and enough gas cans to store gas to power the generator. The generator can be used to power lighting and small electrical appliances should the power be disrupted.
That's it for this month. See you next month!

August 2, 1999:
Window title: Getting back to basics
Message:
In this installment, I would like to suggest that you consider purchasing candles, matches, flashlights, and batteries. These items will be invaluable during those cold, dark nights should the power companies fail in their Y2K conversion. Don't plan on relying on the banks or credit/debit cards. Start each month, and stash away enough money to last you at least 2 months. This money should include enough money to pay the rent/mortgage, utilities, FOOD, etc. Remember cold hard cash is accept EVERYWHERE.
That's it for this month. See you next month!

September 1, 1999:
Window title: A Limerick
Message:
The millennium 's not far away
Get onto your coding today
Fix it or fudge it
The boss won't begrudge it
If everything works on the day!
That's it for this month. See you next month!

October 1, 1999:
Window title:  Three months to go
Message:
Getting nervous? If you've followed my advice over the past months, there should be nothing for you to worry about. We will survive the Y2K bug, but preparation will insure that if there is any Y2K crisis, it will only be small bump on the road, not a major pothole for you.
That 's it for this month. See you next month!

November 1, 1999:
Window title: Two months to go
Message:
Personally, I don't believe that there will be a major, global Y2K crisis. I trust the banks with my money, I trust MOST of the industrial sector, and I trust the power and water agencies to provide me with power and water over the ""infamous"" weekend. I even trust the Russians and there nuclear arms! BUT you can never be too careful. Take care. Be prepared. Use common sense.
That 's it for this month. See you next month!

December 1, 1999:
Window title: Good Luck (30 days to go)
Message:
Well, this will be the final installment in the Y2K preparation lessons. If you have followed my advice over the past few months, you will be in excellent shape to bring in the New Year. May the New Year bring you health and happiness. Best wishes.
Bye!