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.
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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 ".doc" file and rename it with an ".rtf" extension, thus escaping detection by antivirus programs that are set to examine only files with certain extensions.
* You should make sure that Macro Virus Protection is enabled in all Microsoft applications, and you should NEVER run macros in a document unless you know what they do.
Marker is a macro virus that takes information about Word files listed in the properties summary, and emails it to a well-known group of hackers.
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.
The latest to hit the Saudi Ministry of Finance and National Economy is the CAP A macro virus. This is a variant of the Concept macro virus that I discussed a few columns ago, except that it is a bit nastier.