Threat Description



Category: Malware
Platform: W32
Aliases: Polite


For more information on macro viruses, see WordMacro/Concept.


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

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Technical Details

WordMacro/Polite is a simple macro virus which asks user every time whether it should infect files or not. When files are saved, the virus displays a question:

Shall I infect the file ?  

When files are closed, Polite displays a dialog like this:

Activization         I am alive! OK  

Otherwise the virus just replicates.

Polite is not common, but the Trend antivirus from Taiwan (also resold as Intel Lanprotect and PC-Cillin) has had several false alarms with it.

Description Details: Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure


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