Threat Description



Category: Malware
Type: Virus
Platform: X97M
Aliases: Friend


X97M/Friend is a Excel 97 class infector.


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

More information on scanning or removal options is available in the documentation for your F-Secure security product on the Downloads section of our Home - Global site.

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

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Technical Details


When an infected workbook is opened, X97M/Friend.A disables Excel's built-in macro virus protection. Then it creates a workbook into Excel's startup directory, "sys.xls", and infects it. During infection the virus creates a temporary file, "C:\office.sys".

After that has been done and the Excel has been restarted, every workbook that is closed will be infected.


X97M/Friend.B is a slightly modified variant from X97M/Friend.A.

Technical Details:Sami Rautiainen, F-Secure


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