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Melissa.AU

Threat LevelModerate threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:Melissa.AU
Technical name:W97M/Melissa.AU
Threat level:Low
Alias:Elecciones.2000, Elecciones.A, Elecciones2000, W97M/Elecciones2000
Type:Virus
Effects:  It infects Word documents. It disables Word functions and tries to format the hard drive.
Affected platforms:

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

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

Brief Description 

    

Melissa.AU is a macro virus that infects Word documents. The most dangerous action carried out by Melissa.AU is that it deletes the content of the hard disk drives C:and Z:.

Melissa.AU mainly spread e-mail, though it can use any of the means described in the section Means of Transmission.

Visible Symptoms 

    

If the system date is between 1 and 9 of the months of January to April, Melissa.AU will insert the following message in the Subject field of the message:

Elecciones 2000: ultima encuesta Apoyo!

Otherwise, the subject will be the following:

Urgente: Confirmar!