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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Class.Generic

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Class.Generic
Technical name:VBS/Class.Generic
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  It prevents macros from being edited. It prevents access to the Visual Basic Editor. It disables several Word 97 options and moves the text of infected documents.
Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:April 11, 2001
Detection updated on:June 4, 2003
StatisticsNo
Family:VALENTIN

Brief Description 

    

Class.Generic is a Word Macro virus that reaches computers in an infected Word 97 document, with a DOC extension. Then, it infects the Word template (NORMAL.DOT file).

The effects of Class.Generic are more irritating than dangerous:

  • It prevents macros from being edited, as well as access to the Visual Basic Editor.
  • It changes some options in the Word 97 main window.
  • It changes the Word 97 configuration.
  • It changes the text of infected documents, moving it from left to right at random.

Class.Generic can reach computers in an infected Word document through different means of transmission.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Class.Generic does not show any symptoms that can alert the user that it has reached the system.

However, once the virus has infected the computer, it displays a series of very noticeable symptoms: it moves the texts of open documents from left to right, the computer makes strange sounds when certain keys are pressed, etc.  

To consult the list of Visible symptoms, click here.