VERA.XLS??? 
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 VERA.XLS???

Periodically I notice a hidden workbook named Vera.xls is open.  I did not
create it and if I delete it, it reappears next time I start Excel.  Does
anyone know what it does?
--
Bob in Chicago


Wed, 25 Apr 2001 03:00:00 GMT  
 VERA.XLS???
It's a virus -- other than that I don't know much more about it.
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Quote:
>Periodically I notice a hidden workbook named Vera.xls is open.  I did not
>create it and if I delete it, it reappears next time I start Excel.  Does
>anyone know what it does?

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Norm

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Thu, 26 Apr 2001 03:00:00 GMT  
 VERA.XLS???
Hi Bob,

Here is the text of a previous post covering this topic:

I have come across  a file called Vera.xls recently at a client site. It is a nuisance
virus which replicates itself in the XLSTART directory - by copying its code module,
called "Locas", into open files when they are activated and saving the
resulting file as Vera.xls in the XLSTART directory. It loads as a hidden file
and you can use Window, Unhide to view it. It also hides its module, which you
can view with Format, Sheet, Unhide. It is designed for Excel 5/95 and I did not
think it would work under Excel 97 - but did not test it. Other posts would seem to
disprove that.

You should remove it from the XLSTART directory and also examine any files
recently used - looking for a hidden code module called "Locas" and deleting
it. Make sure you hold down the shift key when opening files, so the Locas
Auto_Open routine does not run. It sets up an Application.OnSheetActivate
routine which does its {*filter*} work when a worksheet is activated,

The following comment was added by John Walkenbach:

Adding to John's comments, you can use the Windows Find command to quickly
locate the files that are infected. Click the Start button, then select
Find - Files or Folders. Search for *.xls files that contain the text
"Locas". Once you've identified these files, open each (holding down Shift)
and fix them.

HTH,

John Green - Excel MVP
Sydney
Australia

Quote:


> Newsgroups: microsoft.public.excel.programming
> Subject: VERA.XLS???
> Date: 7 Nov 1998 21:03:00 GMT

> Periodically I notice a hidden workbook named Vera.xls is open.  I did not
> create it and if I delete it, it reappears next time I start Excel.  Does
> anyone know what it does?
> --
> Bob in Chicago



Thu, 26 Apr 2001 03:00:00 GMT  
 VERA.XLS???
Hi Robert,

Quote:
> Periodically I notice a hidden workbook named Vera.xls is open.  I did not
> create it and if I delete it, it reappears next time I start Excel.  Does
> anyone know what it does?

It's an Excel virus.  Download the latest version of a good virus-checking
program (such as McAffee) to find and remove it from your system.

 Regards

 Stephen Bullen
 Microsoft MVP - Excel
 http://www.BMSLtd.co.uk



Thu, 26 Apr 2001 03:00:00 GMT  
 
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