macro virus


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Related to macro virus: Polymorphic virus, Boot sector virus

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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Thus, a hacker can put a macro virus into a Word ".
A macro virus, Melissa infects Word documents in the same way that many other viruses do.
to writing the 'Melissa' macro virus, illegally accessing America Online for the purpose of posting the virus onto cyberspace and destroying the [PC] he used to post [it]," said a court brief.
Norton AntiVirus for Microsoft Exchange also includes Striker technology, which protects against polymorphic viruses, and Macro Virus Protection technology, for complete protection against invasive macro viruses.
This is a variant of the Concept macro virus that I discussed a few columns ago, except that it is a bit nastier.