Threat Description



Category: Malware
Platform: W32
Aliases: Sofa, Microsofa


This is a Microsoft Excel macro virus. Sofa spreads to Excel spreadsheets once it has copied its virus code to the default startup directory. It does this by creating a file called \MSOFFICE\EXCEL\STARTUP\BOOK.XLT

Sofa contains these macros: Auto_Open, Auto_Range, Current_Open, and Auto_Close.

Sofa activates by checking the title bar text of Excel to read

  Microsofa Excel   

Otherwise, the virus just spreads.

Sofa was found in the wild in USA in December 1996.

See: ExcelMacro/Laroux


Automatic action

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

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Description Details: Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure


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