WM/Alien is a Word macro virus.

When an infected document is opened, the virus infects the global template. After that it infects all documents that are either opened or closed. It removes the "Tools/Customize..." and "Tools/Macro..." menu selections as well.

Automatic action

Based on the settings of your F-Secure security product, it will either move the file to the quarantine where it cannot spread or cause harm, or remove it.

Suspect a file is incorrectly detected (a False Positive)?

A False Positive is when a file is incorrectly detected as harmful, usually because its code or behavior resembles known harmful programs. A False Positive will usually be fixed in a subsequent database update without any action needed on your part. If you wish, you may also:

  • Check for the latest database updates

    First check if your F-Secure security program is using the latest detection database updates, then try scanning the file again.

  • Submit a sample

    After checking, if you still believe the file is incorrectly detected, you can submit a sample of it for re-analysis.

    NOTE If the file was moved to quarantine, you need to collect the file from quarantine before you can submit it.

  • Exclude a file from further scanning

    If you are certain that the file is safe and want to continue using it, you can exclude it from further scanning by the F-Secure security product.

    Note You need administrative rights to change the settings.

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Knowledge Base

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User Guide

See the user guide for your product on the Help Center.

Contact Support

Chat with or call an expert for help.

Submit a sample

Submit a file or URL for further analysis.

Technical Details

At random times while the virus infects the global template or the active document, it displays a random message boxes. These message boxes have the following title:


and the message text is one of the following:

Another Year of Survival ...

 It's Sunday & I intend to relax !

 Now You See Me - Now You Don't !

 Never Open Others Files !

 Never Trust An Alien !

 Don't Believe All Tips !

 Always Back Up Your Data.

 Don't Believe The Hype !

 Three Cheers For The Alien. Hip Hip Hooray !

 I'll Be Back !

 Hi Beautiful !

 You Facinate Me.

 Look No Further ...

 The 'Alien' Virus Has Arrived !

 The Alien Lives ...

 Longer File Names Should Be Used.

It also sometimes attempts to hide the Windows Program Manager or Word, exit from Windows completely or close the active document.