Threat Description

Groovie

Details

Aliases: Groovie, Groov
Category: Malware
Type:
Platform: W32

Summary



This Word macro virus creates an infected file called DATA.DOC to the Word startup directory. While infecting files, it creates a temporary file called C:\GROOVIE.SYS and imports the code of the virus from it.

WM/Groovie is able to spread under the Word 97 SR-1 update, but it is not the first virus to be able to do this.



Removal



Automatic Disinfection

Allow F-Secure Anti-Virus to disinfect the relevant files.

For more general information on disinfection, please see Removal Instructions.



Technical Details



Groovie activates by displaying a message box with these texts:

ALT-F11 says
        It's GROOVIE

The virus also attempts to set the hard drive volume label to "groovie" and create a configuration information file with IPCONFIG and send the file to a ftp site over the internet.

After disinfecting the WM/Groovie virus, the hard drive volume label has to be restored manually back to original. Also, the temporary C:\GROOVIE.SYS file is not removed and has to be deleted manually. Do notice that GROOVIE.SYS is not infected and can not spread - it is just a temporary file used by the virus.





Description Created: Mikko Hypponen/F-Secure


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