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ColdApe.L

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:ColdApe.L
Technical name:W97M/ColdApe.L
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  It steals information from the affected computer and sends it out via e-mail to the virus creator.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Dec. 30, 1999
StatisticsNo
Family:VALENTIN

Brief Description 

    

ColdApe.L is a macro virus that steals confidential information from the affected computer and sends it out via e-mail to the virus creator.

ColdApe.L infects Word 97 documents, which then infect Word’s global template (NORMAL.DOT file) and spreads its infection to every Word document generated with it. It also infects documents written in the programming language Visual Basic Script.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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

An indication that ColdApe.L has reached your computer is the appearance of the files A4.VBS and  HAPPY.VBS in the root directory of the hard drive.