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Astia.L

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Astia.L
Technical name:W97M/Astia.L
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  It displays e texts on screen and modifies some Word options.

Affected platforms:

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

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

Brief Description 

    

Astia.L is a macro virus that displays the following text on the screen: If you delete this, you have no heart, when Word has been running for 45 minutes..

In addition, like most macro viruses Astia.L:

  • Reaches computers in an infected Word 97 document with a DOC extension. From there, it infects the Word template (NORMAL.DOT file) spreading its infection to all the Word documents that use this template.
  • Astia.L infects Word 97 documents and is run every time a document infected by the virus is opened. Astia.L only works properly with the first version of Word 97, and it cannot infect any documents in SR-1 or in any subsequent version.
  • It modifies some Word options.

Visible Symptoms 

    

A clear indication that Astia.L is the following text displayed on screen when Word has been running for 45 minutes: If you delete this, you have no heart.

When the user accesses the Word options View-Toolbar-VisualBasic and Tools-Macro-Macros, the virus displays the following window:

If the user clicks on Yes, Astia.L runs the Word function Record New Macro and copies an infected macro in the open document.