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Onex.E

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Onex.E
Technical name:W97M/Onex.E
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  Disables antivirus protection in Word 97 and Word 2000 Macros. Prevents user from saving the changes to Word file NORMAL.DOT.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:April 23, 2002
StatisticsNo
Family:VALENTIN

Brief Description 

    

Onex.E is a dangerous macro virus  which:

  • Causes problems when starting computers with Windows 2000 Pro and Windows NT, by deleting the file  NTOSKRNL.EXE.
  • Disables the antivirus protection of macros in Word 97 and Word 2000, lowering the security level.
  • Prevents the user from disabling macros included in documents (Word versions 97 and 2000).

The virus also prevents the user from saving changes to the Word global template.

It is easy to become infected because the virus can spread through a variety of file types, such as Word documents with the extension DOC-, that launch the virus once opened.

The primary goal of Onex.E is to infect documents and the global template file of Word- NORMAL.DOT- (versions 97 and 2000).

Visible Symptoms 

    

The only visible symptom of its presence is the disappearance of the message which allows the user to enable or disable the macros in a document when it is opened.

This is because Onex.E has disabled the antivirus protection in macros of Word 97 and 2000.

Computers using Windows 2000 Pro and Windows NT, will also have problems booting their system.