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Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Ostrich.A

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Ostrich.A
Technical name:W97M/Ostrich.A
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  It infects Word documents and the global template. It disables the macro antivirus protection and prevents the user from working with them.
Affected platforms:

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

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

Brief Description 

    

Ostrich.A is a macro virus that infects Word documents, and the global template.

Ostrich.A uses the means normally used by macro viruses to spread. First of all, it infects the global template, and as a result, it will infect every Word document opened, closed or saved on the affected computer.

Visible Symptoms 

    

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