Threat Description

Alien

Details

Category: Malware
Platform: W32
Aliases: Alien

Summary


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.



Removal


Automatic action

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

More scanning & removal options

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You may also refer to the Knowledge Base on the F-Secure Community site for more information.

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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:

Alien  

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.





Description Details: Analysis: Sami Rautiainen, F-Secure


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