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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 ...

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    Default VIRUS in word doent - ibook OS 9.2 - HELP ?

    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?

    Thanks






    AudiAvant Guest

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    Default Re: VIRUS in word doent - ibook OS 9.2 - HELP ?

    In article
    <JuoLa.26691$0v4.2021904bgtnsc04-news.ops.worldnet.att.net>,
    "AudiAvant" <blockedspam.com> wrote:
    > 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?
    There's a class of viruses called "Word macro viruses". Macs don't
    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).

    --
    AF
    "Non Sequitur U has a really, really lousy debate team."
    --artyw raises the bar on rec.sport.baseball
    Alice Faber Guest

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    Default Re: VIRUS in word doent - ibook OS 9.2 - HELP ?


    "Alice Faber" <afaberpanix.com> wrote in message
    news:afaber-249069.19373828062003reader1.panix.com...
    > There's a class of viruses called "Word macro viruses". Macs don't
    > suffer from having these, but can transmit them to Windows machines,
    > where they can do damage.
    THANKS ! I guess I will scan all of the word files on the windows machine
    before forwarding them.


    AudiAvant Guest

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