Groovie

Classification

Malware

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Groovie, Groov

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 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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Submit a sample

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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.