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Locale.A

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Locale.A
Technical name:W97M/Locale.A
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  It infects Word documents and the global template.
Affected platforms:

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

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

Brief Description 

    

Locale.A is a macro virus that reaches computers in an infected Word document. From there, it infects Word’s global template (NORMAL.DOT file) infecting all the Word documents opened on the affected computer from then on.

Locale.A does not pose a threat to the affected computer, as it does not carry out any destructive actions. Its only aim is to infect as many Word   documents as possible.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Locale.A is difficult to identify, as it does not display any warnings or messages that indicate that it has infected a computer.