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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

Ethan.Q

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Ethan.Q
Technical name:W97M/Ethan.Q
Threat level:Low
Type:Virus
Effects:  

It infects Word's global template and modifies certain properties of the documents it infects.

Affected platforms:

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

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

Brief Description 

    

Ethan.A is a macro virus that reaches computers in an infected Word document, with a DOC extension. This document then infects Word's global template (NORMAL.DOT file) and spreads its infection to all the Word documents generated with it.

Ethan.A does not cause any damage in the infected computer, as its only aim is to spread and modify some properties of the Word documents it infects.

Visible Symptoms 

    

Ethan.Q is difficult ot recognize, as it does not show any messages or warnings that indicate it has reached the computer.

However, a clear indication that Ethan.Q has infected those documents containing macros, is that the warning messages that allow Word documents to be opened without enabling their macros, are disabled.