macro virus

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macro virus

[¦mak·rō ′vī·rəs]
(computer science)
A virus that hides inside document and spreadsheet files used by popular word processing and spreadsheet applications.

macro virus

A virus that is written in a macro language and placed within a document. Viruses have to be "run" in order to do things. When the document is opened and the macro is executed, commands in the macro language do the destruction or the prank. Thankfully, most viruses are harmless. Let's pray they stay that way! See Word macro virus, letter bomb, virus and macro.
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A" was a macrovirus that did little other than display a message.
Por ejemplo: cuando Microsoft saco su sistema de correo electronico en el que podia ejecutar archivos adjuntos automaticamente, mucha gente dentro de la empresa se percato del riesgo de los macrovirus, y mucha gente de fuera se quejo desde un principio.
Asi, los macrovirus pueden propargarse con mucho mayor rapidez que los otros tipos de virus, dado que mucha gente comparte libretos que se intercambian borradores de un informe redactado en comandita", afirman Kephart y colaboradores.