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HalfCross

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:HalfCross
Technical name:O97M/HalfCross.A
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  It infects Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. It displays a window containing a message.
Affected platforms:

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

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

Brief Description 

    

HalfCross is a macro virus that displays a window containing the text Wonder v2.0 by ThE wEiRd GeNiUs It's time for lunch (User’s name) when the user opens an infected Word document between 12:10 and 12:25 on any day.

HalfCross does not have a destructive payload. Its main aim is to infect Word 97 documents (files with a DOC extension) and Excel 97 spreadsheets (files with an XLS extension).

HalfCross reaches computers in infected Word documents or Excel spreadsheets through the usual means used by viruses: e-mail messages with an infected attachment, computer networks, CD-ROMs, Internet downloads, FTP, floppy disks, etc.

Visible Symptoms 

    

A clear indication that HalfCross has infected a computer is a window containing the text Wonder v2.0 by ThE wEiRd GeNiUs It's time for lunch (User’s name), which is displayed when the user opens an infected document between 12:10 and 12:25 on any day.