December 10, 1996 5:30 PM ET
Symantec posts fix for Excel macro virus
By Norvin Leach

  Symantec Corp. today posted a fix for a newly discovered Excel macro virus called Sofa, the second Excel virus to appear.

The virus, discovered at one of Symantec's major corporate customers, does not destroy data. Instead, it replicates itself and changes the caption at the top of the screen from "Microsoft Excel" to "Microsofa Excel."

Athough only one case of this virus has been reported, its existence proves that Excel is as susceptible to viruses as Word.

"This is a new, unique, independent approach, not just a knockoff of the first virus, Laroux," said Alex Haddox, product manager for the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center. "It proves that Laroux wasn't just a curiosity."

The fix is available at www.symantec.com. Symantec is based in Cupertino, Calif.

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