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Footer.A

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Footer.A
Technical name:W97M/Footer.A
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  It overwrites the footnotes of infected documents with a text containing the name of the affected document.

Affected platforms:

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

First detected on:Feb. 3, 1999
Detection updated on:April 23, 2002
StatisticsNo
Family:VALENTIN

Brief Description 

    

Footer.A is a macro virus that deletes the footnotes found in infected documents, replacing them with a text that contains the name of the documents.

Like most macro viruses, Footer.A:

  • Reaches computers in an already infected Word 97 document, with DOC extension. This document then infects the Word template (NORMAL.DOT file) and spreads its infection to every Word document generated with it.
  • It disables the macros in Word 97 documents, trying to go unnoticed by users.

Visible Symptoms 

    

The main symptom that might indicate the presence of Footer.A on the system is the fact that footnotes in affected documents are replaced with a text that contains the name of the documents in question