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Word macro viruses from Google
Thread poster: Hans-Bertil Karlsson
Hans-Bertil Karlsson
Sweden
Local time: 20:48
Norwegian to Swedish
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Dec 5, 2001

The recent weeks the search engine Google has changed in a way that leaves a kind of security hole that you might not think of:



Google now lists also Ms Word files in the \"hit list\", together with HTML-files and PDF\'s.



If you click on a link that is a word-file, this will automatically start MS Word (if you are using Outlook) and loads the document. If you have not set your security settings in Word to warn before you open a doc that contains a macro, you might trigger a VBA macro.



So, beware of what you click on within the search results and set security to warn before opening a doc with a macro.



Regards

Hans
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Carolyn Denoncourt  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 14:48
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Thank you Hans, Dec 5, 2001

That is a very useful warning to all of us who use Google a lot in our research. Thank you.

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John Kinory
Local time: 19:48
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Did you mean OE or IE? Dec 6, 2001

Hi Hans,



Did you mean your email client, or the browser?



Google is my first choice by a long margin; but I use Netscape, which I find vastly superior to Explorer (or indeed to all MS offerings).



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John
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