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Sugar

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Sugar
Technical name:X97M/Sugar.A
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  It infects Excel files, in which it modifies the content of up to 200 cells.

Affected platforms:

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

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

Brief Description 

    

Sugar is a macro virus that reaches computers in an infected Excel spreadsheet. Then, it infects an Excel module (ThisExcelbook) and, from then on, all Excel files used on the computer.

Sometimes, Sugar replaces up to 200 cells in the active document with one of the following texts:

  • –(Dr. Diet Mountain Dew)-
  • The –[Sugar.Poppy]- by VicodinES

In order for this change to take place, the following conditions must be met:

  • The spreadsheet must be active.
  • The system date is October, November or December.
  • The day of the month matches the minutes on the system clock (for example, October 14th at 1:14, at 2:14, at 3:14, etc.)

Visible Symptoms 

    

Sugar is easy to identify as, on some occasions, it replaces the content of up to 200 cells in the infected spreadsheet with one of the following texts:

  • –(Dr. Diet Mountain Dew)-
  • The –[Sugar.Poppy]- by VicodinES