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W97M/Onex is a simple Word macro virus.


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.

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 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.

Technical Details


W97M/Onex.A is a simple Word macro virus, that infects the global template when an infected document is opened. After that all opened documents become infected. Beside replication the virus disables the macro virus protection.


W97M/Onex.E contains a payload that activates based on a random number. In a chance of 1:150 the virus attempts to delete "c:\winnt\system32\ntoskrnl.exe" when an infected document is opened or a document is opened in an infected system. Otherwise it functions like the original W97M/Onex.A.