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|Effects: ||It displays a message on screen. It prevents users from managing macros.|
|Detection updated on:||Nov. 13, 2002|
Ozwer.A is a macro virus that infects Word files that use macros.
Ozwer.A has a large number of effects on the affected computer:
It disables certain Word options.
It moves the text in the infected Word files from right to left.
It exchanges certain options in the Word menu, so that when the user selects a certain option in the Tools menu, functions belonging to a different option appear.
The original infected document reaches the computer through various means: floppy disks, CD-ROMs, e-mail messages with attached files, Internet downloads, FTP, IRC channels, peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks, etc.
Ozwer.A is easy to recognize as it prevents access to several options in the Word menu.
For example, when the user of the infected computer access the Macros option in the Tools menu, it displays a form that contains all of the buttons disabled except Cancel. When the user clicks on a button the computer makes a beeping sound:
Similarly, if the user tries to access the Visual Basic Editor in the Tools menu, Ozwer.A shows an eror message on screen, which could appear in English or Spanish: