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FF.A

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:FF.A
Technical name:W97M/FF.A
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  Prevents infected computers from starting from the Windows operating system.

Affected platforms:

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

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

Brief Description 

    

FF.A is a macro virus that prevents infected computers from starting properly from the Windows Operating system; they will only start up in MS-DOS mode. It is activated on the 1st of every month.

Like other macro viruses:

  • It reaches computers in an infected Word document, with a DOC extension. It is very easy to become infected with this worm because it spreads through the usual means used by viruses: e-mail messages, computer networks, CD-ROMs, Internet downloads, FTP, floppy disks, etc.
  • From the infected document, FF.A infects the Word template (NORMAL.DOT file) spreading its infection to all the Word documents created with it.

Visible Symptoms 

    

An indication that FF.A has infected a computer is that it will not be able to start from a Windows operating system.