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Ozwer.F

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Ozwer.F
Technical name:W97M/Ozwer.F
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  It displays a message on screen. It prevents users from managing macros.

Affected platforms:

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

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

Brief Description 

    

Ozwer.F is a macro virus that infects Word 97 files that use macros.

Ozwer.F has a large number of effects on the affected computer. For example, it disables certain Word options, it moves the text in the infected Word files from right to left and exchanges certain options in the Word menu, so that when the user selects a certain option in the Tools menu, functions belonging to a different option appear.

Ozwer.F reaches computers through various means: e-mail messages with an infected document, computer networks, CD-ROMs, Internet downloads, FTP, floppy disks, etc.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Ozwer.F is easy to recognize as it prevents access to several options in the Word menu.

For example when the user of the infected computer access the Macros option in the Tools menu, it displays a form that contains all of the buttons except Cancel. When the user clicks on a button the computer makes a beeping sound:

Similarly, if the user tries to access the Visual Basic Editor in the Tools menu, Ozwer.F shows an eror message on screen, which could appear in English or Spanish: