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Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

W97M/Generic

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:W97M/Generic
Technical name:W97M/Generic
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  

It infects Word 97 files.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Feb. 13, 2003
StatisticsNo
Proactive protection:
Yes, using TruPrevent Technologies

Brief Description 

    

W97M/Generic not an specific virus, but a generic detection for future variants of the Generic family. This group of viruses has the following characteristics:

  • They infect Word 97 files, rendering them unusuable.
  • They do not spread automatically using their own means. They need the attacking user's intervention in order to reach the affected computer. The means of transmission used include, among others, floppy disks, CD-ROMs, e-mail messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, etc.
  • They can always be disinfected.

Visible Symptoms 

    

W97M/Generic is dificcult to recognize, as it does not display any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.