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Virus alert: Watch for Skeptic

Trend Micro is warning users about the Melissa-like Skeptic virus, which attaches itself as an e-mail attachment.


Don’t be a skeptic—a new virus is on the attack. W97M_60thSKEPTIC is a Word 97 macro virus, similar to the W97M_MELISSA and W97M_CLASS.

The virus is transferred like the Melissa virus by sending itself as an infected e-mail attachment via a user’s Outlook address book. As many as 60 addressees can receive the infected attachment.

The subject line says “Important Message From (user name)” with the e-mail body of “Look what I found...”

The virus attacks Word’s Normal.dot template and all opened and created documents. The Skeptic virus modifies the Registry to automatically activate after every reboot.

Computer security experts encourage users to routinely upgrade their anti-virus software.

See TrendMicro for more information and anti-virus downloads.

Don’t be a skeptic—a new virus is on the attack. W97M_60thSKEPTIC is a Word 97 macro virus, similar to the W97M_MELISSA and W97M_CLASS.

The virus is transferred like the Melissa virus by sending itself as an infected e-mail attachment via a user’s Outlook address book. As many as 60 addressees can receive the infected attachment.

The subject line says “Important Message From (user name)” with the e-mail body of “Look what I found...”

The virus attacks Word’s Normal.dot template and all opened and created documents. The Skeptic virus modifies the Registry to automatically activate after every reboot.

Computer security experts encourage users to routinely upgrade their anti-virus software.

See TrendMicro for more information and anti-virus downloads.

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