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W97M/Hope.A

W97M/Hope.A is a macro virus operating in the Microsoft Word 97 environments. The virus uses the "class" method of infection – it attacks the module "ThisDocument" which is present as a standard in each Word document or template. It attacks the global template normal.dot and documents.
After opening an infected document the virus W97M/Hope.A disables the Word anti-virus protection, prohibits displaying warnings on writing into a template and on conversion of macros. It deletes items Tools/Macro and Tools/Options… in the Word menu and by doing so makes them inaccessible. Then it attacks the active document and the global template.
The virus attacks documents when they are opened and closed. After each line of the virus code a text line with a note is inserted. After omitting the virus code the notes create the following text:

'withered rope you hang what's empty can't remain to put it simply
'in time cry the hollow words to sing with false disguise smothered
'hope fly from sorrow for a new divine tomorrow i just don't want
'to know anymore life shifts up and down everybody knows it's wrong
'why don't you care? now do it seem fair? it's not in the rhyme or
'reason so it goes with every season crawl to top fall through
'bottom first hand love is really rotten slice of life find what's
'plenty inch towards a sanctuary light with me inside the womb i
'know everyone everybody knows it's me it's my voice, my voice
'cries out obscenity sightless eye regard my past sometimes it
'should i just don't want to know anymore.
'NoHope~By~Lys~KovicK Lyrics From Smothered Hope(Skinny Puppy)

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