110 MSWord viruses found, how to sanitize ?

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  1. rclear macrumors newbie

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    Hello Mac dudes,

    ClamAV worked perfectly to find all the files that were infected by one MSWord macro virus (W97M.Thus.A) but I need these documents for work and cannot just delete them. I can think of a couple work-arounds but I would hope to find a solution that is more direct, more elegant, more…Macintosh.

    1 ) Is there a small-name application like ClamAV that can do the actual cleaning of the files ?

    2 ) If I am eventually forced to use Virex or Norton, I will refuse to allow them to run in the background as they are resource hogs. Is there a clear way to know if an attachment I receive contains another macro virus ?

    [Perhaps a solution to our virus situation, all of us Mac users, is to run ClamAV on a daily schedule using the scheduler included with this cool free virus scanner and then run a virus-killer application when a virus is found.]

    Hoping to avoid using Norton or Virex,
    Richard
     
  2. yippy macrumors 68020

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    If the files aren't to complex you could open them, copy the text into text edit and then remove the original. I wouldn't save them in a new Word doc because often those word viruses will infect any new docs you make.

    The other way would be maybe put them on a PC and clean them there (assuming it has AV software which it should being a PC).
     
  3. AppleMatt macrumors 68000

    AppleMatt

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    email them to yourself using Hotmail, Yahoo or G-Mail. It will detect the viruses and offer to clean them.

    AppleMatt
     
  4. rclear thread starter macrumors newbie

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    2 good suggestions

    thanks AppleMatt and yippy. Both suggestions seem workable to clean the files. I think I'll try the e-mail one because I'd rather not go near a Windows machine if I don't have to. thanks again.
     

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