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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Panther.A

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Panther.A
Technical name:W97M/Panther.A
Threat level:Low
Alias:W97M/Panther.A
Type:Virus
Affected platforms:

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

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

Brief Description 

    

Panther.A is a macro virus that reaches computers inside an infected Word file, using the Doc extension. From there it corrupts the Word's Global template ( NORMAL.DOT file), spreading the infection to all Word documents created using the template.

Panther.A is not destructive but spreads easily and can arrive through any medium using a contaminated Word document.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Panther.A does give any clear indication that is has reached or infected a computer.