Threat Description

Goldfish

Details

Aliases:Goldfish
Category: Malware
Type:
Platform: W32

Summary



For more information on macro viruses, see the description of WordMacro/Concept.



Removal


Automatic action

Once detected, the F-Secure security product will automatically disinfect the suspect file by either deleting it or renaming it.

More

You may wish to refer to the Support Community for further assistance. You may also refer to General Removal Instructions for a general guide on alternative disinfection actions.



Technical Details



Goldfish is a simple macro virus which consists of two identical macros (Autoopen and Autoclose).

The virus activates by random, displaying a dialog box like this:

  GoldFish
 I am the GoldFish,
 I am hungry, feed me.

After that, the user is not allowed to continue until he writes one of the following words: fishfood, worms, worm, pryme, core.

Goldfish was reported to be in the wild in several countries in spring 1997.





Description Created: Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure


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