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3/29/99: Melissa Virus - Facts you need to know:
The new virus on the block is called the "Melissa" virus. The virus infects Microsoft Word 97 or Word 2000 Documents and does the following: It infects Word and spreads to all Word documents you open. It changes some settings to make the infection easier. It e-mails itself using Microsoft Outlook (not Outlook Express), masquerading as a message from you.
What it does to your computer
If you have Word 97...
After an infected document is opened in Word 97, the virus takes these actions:
1. It grays out and blocks access to the "Macro" command in the Tools menu. This effectively stops you from checking any macro that may be present in a document or template.
2. Melissa changes some Word 97 settings, making it easier for the virus to spread itself. Specifically, the "Macro virus protection," "Prompt to save Normal template," and "Confirm Conversion at Open" options are disabled.
How it spreads using Outlook
If you have the full version of Microsoft Outlook installed (rather than Outlook Express), the virus grabs up to 50 e-mail addresses from your address book and sends them all a message with an infected Word document attached. The message appears to come from you, and even uses your name in the heading.
Here's how it typically looks:
FROM: <your e-mail name and address>
TO: <50 contacts from each address book you have in Outlook>
SUBJECT: Important Message From <your name, taken from Word's settings>
BODY: Here is that document you asked for ... don't show anyone else ;-)
ATTACHMENT: <an infected document>
How to protect yourself: If you receive an e-mail message fitting the above description, you should delete it immediately and advise the sender that they have been infected.
if you think you have been infected, read these links for assistance:
Questions? E-mail Suggestions@rr1.net