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MACRO VIRUS PROTECTION

by Mystic Overclocker
1999/08/19

MACRO VIRUS PROTECTION

Macro viruses now account for over 50% of all virus activity. Protect yourself and your organization.



The "Melissa" virus made big headlines disrupting corporate e-mail around the world. The virus comes in the form of a Word document emailed to you. Once you open the document, the virus infects your Word template. If you're using the Exchange Mail client, it will email an infected document to the first 50 users in your address book (very scary)! If you think you have received an email containing an infected Word document DELETE this email.

These macro viruses are very common, but there are several
simple things you can do to help protect yourself and your
organization:

  1. Enable Word's internal Macro Virus Protection. Start Word,
    then go to the Tools, then Options menu. Under the General Tab, make sure the Macro Virus protection tab is checked. This will alert you before any internal macros run.
  2. Update your anti-virus dat files. You should update your
    anti-virus programs data files TODAY. The main sites are: McAfee: http://download.mcafee.com/
    Norton: http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/download/ AVP: http://www.avp.com

As an extra precaution, we also recommend MS Word97 Service Release 2 AND Normal.dot Security Patch. Your computer should be running Office SR2 and install the updated security patch for the Normal.dot template file. Not only does it address some Y2K compatibility issues with Office, it also gives an extra level of protection and warnings against any present and future Macro viruses. You can get both from:

http://officeupdate.microsoft.com/

 

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