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Hope.S

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Hope.S
Technical name:W97M/Hope.S
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  It infects Word 97 documents

Affected platforms:

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

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

Brief Description 

    

Hope.S is a macro virus that reaches computers in an infected Word 97 document with a DOC extension. Then, it infects Word’s global template (NORMAL.DOT file), and from there the virus infects all the Word files generated with it.

Hope.S does not carry out any dangerous actions on the infected computer, as its only aims are to spread and modify some options in the Word documents it infects.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Hope.S is difficult to recognize, as it does not display any warnings or messages that indicate that it has infected a computer.

If the Macro option in the Tools menu in Word is not enabled, Hope.S may have infected your computer.