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Proverb.A

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Proverb.A
Technical name:W97M/Proverb.A
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  It displays messages on screen. It disables Word options. It infects Word documents and the NORMAL.DOT template.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Nov. 13, 2002
StatisticsNo
Family:VALENTIN

Brief Description 

    

Proverb.A is a macro virus with no destructive effects.

Its main actions consist of displaying a series of messages on screen and disabling the Word macro antivirus protection (in order to hide it presence on the system).

Proverb.A reaches computers in an infected Word 97 document. Then, it infects theWord 97 global template and quickly spreads to all the Word documents used or generated with that template.

Visible Symptoms 

    

A clear indication that Proverb.A has infected your computer is if the following messages appear on the screen:

 

These messages are displayed only if Word 8.0 (97) is installed on the computer. 

If the user has a different version of Word, Proverb.A will display the following message: