Word macro viruses from Google
Thread poster: Hans-Bertil Karlsson

Hans-Bertil Karlsson
Local time: 07:48
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.



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Carolyn Denoncourt  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:48
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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: 06:48
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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).

Best regards,


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