Published Jul 15, 2009 | Updated Sep 15, 2017


Severe |Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

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W97M/Melissa is a macro worm that spreads via e-mail and by infecting Word documents and templates. The worm has been designed to work in both, Office 97 (Word 8) and Office 2K (Word 9.0), and it uses Outlook to reach new targets through e-mail.
Manual removal is not recommended for this threat. To detect and remove this threat and other malicious software that may have been installed, run a full-system scan with an up-to-date antivirus product such as the Microsoft Safety Scanner ( For more information, see
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