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Virus Name  : X97M/Laroux

Alias             : Macro.Excel.Laroux

Virus type    : Excel Macro Virus

Threat level : Low

Virus details :

                     X97M/Laroux is the first macro virus for Microsoft Excel for Windows which actually works. The virus intercepts Excel's AutoOpen automacro. When an infected spreadsheet is opened, the virus activates and checks whether the system is already infected. If not , the virus creates an Excel for Windows file named PERSONAL.XLS in the Excel for Windows default startup directory (e.g. C:\MSOFFICE\EXCEL \XLSTART) and copies itself there.

                     The spreadsheets and macros from that directory are automatically loaded whenever Excel for Windows is run. From then on, every spreadsheet being opened or created on an infected system will become infected with the virus.

                     This virus does not have an intentional payload - it just replicates. The virus works under Excel for Windows versions 5 and 7, running under Windows 3.x, Windows 95 and Windows NT. It does not work on Apple Macintosh.

                     Infected spreadsheets contain a hidden sheet named `laroux'. Here is a fast check to tell whether you have the virus: If Tools/Macro is used to view the macros associated with a spreadsheet, the macros `auto_open' and `check_files' and/or `personal.xls!auto_open' and `personal.xls!check_files', indicates that the system is infected.

How can I protect my system?

                   Solo has incorporated  X97M/Laroux 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 X97M/Laroux virus?

                   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  X97M/Laroux safely. Use the following link to Download 30 day trial version of Solo antivirus to remove viruses from your computer.

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