HELP! Word '04 Macro Virus!!!

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  1. iMapple macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys. Long time visitor/lurker on MacRumors, first post. I hope someone can help me out here. Thanks in advance.

    Apparently, some of my Word documents are infected with a macro virus. I'm not sure how many are infected, although I know it's not all Word docs. I'm running Office 2004 for Mac Student and Teacher Edition. How can I fix this? I'd like to prevent other docs from also becoming infected. I have no anti-virus installed and I'm still running Tiger 10.4.11 (hoping Apple releases Snow Leopard soon so I can finally upgrade). :( :confused:
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Not certain, but I think ClamXav can handle this
    Worth a look

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  3. iMapple thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the suggestion MacDawg.

    However, I read on the ClamXav page that the program may move files around your computer. It suggests I backup any important data. I'm unable to do this now as I do not have an external hard drive on hand. Is there a work around to this macros thing or do I HAVE TO get another HD, backup and install ClamXav then.

    I might as well get Leopard also. Although I'd rather not, given this economy and the fact that Snow Leopard is due later this year... seems like a waste of $$... :confused::confused:
     
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Simply turn off the MS Office Macros, MS tells you how to do this.

    Since you are running a Mac OS, the word macros tend not to self-replicate as easy being it wasn't written to spread across Finder ... just Windows.
     
  5. iMapple thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm a little confused as to what you mean. Should I turn off Word macros or macros for ALL Office programs? If the latter, do you know how I'd do this?
     
  6. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    ClamXAV doesn't detect OS X threats. Since this is a macro virus, it may, so it's worth a shot. It won't move files around, if a threat is detected, you get a popup window asking what to do (providing you selected the appropriate checkbox in the preferences.)
     
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Turn of Macros in all the Office apps, make sure the Macro Virus Protection is on, and check to see if deleting the Normal document template is warranted.

    If a document says it has macros and would you like to run them, just make sure you check to be sure it isn't infected.
     

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