"AudiAvant" <blockedspam.com> wrote:
There's a class of viruses called "Word macro viruses". Macs don't> My wife emailed a Word file from her iBook to a windows machine using a
> web-based email account. When the message was received on the windows
> machine using outlook express, it contained this information -
> This message has been processed by Brightmail(TM) Anti-Virus using
> Symantec's Norton AntiVirus Technology.
> "FILE NAME WAS HERE" was infected with the malicious virus W97M.Thus.X and
> has been cleaned.
> The word doent had been created using only the ibook in word running in
> OS 9.2.2. Is it possible that the file contained this virus. I didn't think
> that macs could get a virus, or is it only OSX that is not affected?
suffer from having these, but can transmit them to Windows machines,
where they can do damage. In your wife's Office folder, there should be
a folder called Templates. In that is something called Normal. Drag that
to the trash, along with any automatic backup of it. Empty the trash.
Then start Word, and look through all the preferences for anything
concerning macros and Visual Basic. The wording varies depending on
version of Word, but you want to avoid opening macros when you open a
doent, unless they're macros that you created; Word (and Excel) can
be set to warn you if a doent has a macro associated with it (and
give you the option of not opening the macro).
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