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Hope.A

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Hope.A
Technical name:W97M/Hope.A
Threat level:Low
Alias:W97M/Hope
Type:Virus
Effects:  It disables Word options.

Affected platforms:

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

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

Brief Description 

    

Hope.A is a macro virus that disables the options Macro and Options in the Tools menu in Word.

Hope.A reaches computers inside an infected Word document, with a DOC extension. From there it infects Word’s global template (NORMAL.DOT file), spreading its infection to all the Word documents created using the template.

Its easy to become infected with Hope.A , as it reaches computers in an infected Word document through the usual means used by viruses: e-mail messages with infected attachments, shared networks, CD-ROMS, FTP or Internet downloads, floppy disks, etc.

Visible Symptoms 

    

An indication that Hope.A has infected a computer is that the dialog box that allows users to disable macros when opening a document is not displayed.

This virus also disables the Word Tool menu options: Macro and Options.