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BEWARE OF W97M/MELISSA VIRUS

Virus Name  : W97M/Melissa

Alias             : Macro.Word97.Melissa, W97M.Melissa

Virus type    : Word Macro Virus

Threat level : Low

Virus details :

                     Macintosh office Melissa.w infects Word97, Office 2000 and 2001 documents. format in storing Macintosh office 2001 uses different the file components. Solo scan engine should be updated to detect and clean this virus. Solo users are update the scan engine requested to using ONLINE update facility.

                     Melissa virus makes use of the MAPI functions in Microsoft Outlook to retrieve the current user profile and password for server logon. This Virus grabs the first 50 addresses from the address book of Microsoft Outlook and resends the mail.

                     In Word97, the virus disables the Tools/Macro menu commands, the Confirm Conversions option, the MS Word macro virus protection, and the Save Normal Template prompt. The virus then checks to see if the registry key "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\Melissa?" contains the value ". . . by Kwyjibo." This is how the virus determines whether it has activated on this system.

                     The virus then opens Outlook, if present on the system, and sends one email for each address list. The email may contain up to 50 recipients. The email will contain the subject line: "Important Message From {user name}" and the message body will be "Here is that document you asked for . . . don't show anyone else :-)" The virus then attaches a copy of the infected active document to the outgoing mail. The name of the original infected attachment was List.doc, but it could be any name. If the user does not have Outlook, the virus will not work. Then the virus modifies the value of the registry key mentioned above so it is equal to ". . . by Kwijibo" -- indicating that it has successfully activated on this computer.

                     After that, the virus checks to see if the normal template and active document are infected, and if either is not, it infects the file. Finally, if the day of the month is equal to the minute (for example, if it is March 26 at 3:26 pm), the virus will type the following text on the active document: "Twenty-two points, plus triple-word-score, plus fifty points for using all my letters. Game's over. I'm outta here."

How can I protect my system?

                   Solo has incorporated W97M/Melissa in its signature file to protect users from this virus attack. Solo antivirus registered users are already protected from this virus. Make sure that you have installed registered version of Solo Antivirus to protect your system from all virus threats.

How to remove this worm?

                   If you are already infected with this virus, you can remove it from your computer using Solo Antivirus software. Solo antivirus can detect and remove W97M/Melissa safely. Use the following link to Download 30 day trial version of Solo antivirus to remove viruses from your computer.

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