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Pri.Q

 
Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Pri.Q
Technical name:W97M/Pri.Q
Threat level:Low
Alias:W97M/Prilissa, Melissa, Melissa.W, W97M/Melissa.W, W97M/Melissa.AG, W97M/Pri.Q, W97M/Antisocial.G, W97M/Pri.Q-mm, Prilissa
Type:Virus
Effects:  It formats the hard disk. It puts users’ privacy at risk, by mailing out Word documents chosen at random from the affected computer. It displays pentagonal shapes in the current Word documents.

Affected platforms:

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

Detection updated on:Nov. 13, 2002
StatisticsNo
Country of origin:UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Family:PRI - PSD

Brief Description 

    

Pri.Q is a macro virus that spreads through an e-mail message with the subject Pictures, followed in most cases by the name of the sender.

Pri.Q is considered dangerous, as it is capable of deleting all the files on affected computers’ hard disk. In addition, Pri.Q puts users’ privacy at risk. In fact, it picks Word documents at random from the affected computer, and sends them out by e-mail to other users, indiscriminately.

Besides, it has other effects, such as adding pentagonal shapes to current Word documents.

Visible Symptoms 

    

A clear indication that Pri.Q has reached your computer is a message with the subject Pictures and the following text: This document is very Important and you´ve GOT to read this !!!.

After going into action, Pri.Q displays the following message on the screen:

Upon clicking on OK (Aceptar), it adds pentagonal shapes to current Word documents, as long as it is December 25th: