Threat description


Category: Malware
Type: Virus
Platform: W97M
Aliases: Model


W97M/Model is a simple Word 97 macro virus.


Automatic action

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


More information on scanning and removal options available in your F-Secure product can be found in the Help Center.

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Technical Details


When an infected document is opened, the virus infects the global template and disables the built-in macro virus protection.

After that all documents opened or created will be infected.


This variant is functionally identical with W97M/Model.A, except the macro virus protection is not disabled.


W97M/Model.E contains a payload that activates when the active document has been edited for four hours. At this time it will minimize and maximize every document window in Word.

This variant also infects random documents from the current directory.

Technical Details:Katrin Tocheva and Sami Rautiainen, F-Secure


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