Threat Description



Category: Malware
Platform: W32
Aliases: Groovie, Groov


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.


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

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 Details: Mikko Hypponen/F-Secure


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