What is Macro viruses

Posted by Jonh on Tuesday, May 6, 2008

A macro is a series of commands and instructions that are grouped together as a single command to accomplish a task automatically. If you perform a task repeatedly in an application, you can automate the task by using a macro. You can store macros in documents, worksheets, or templates, which makes them available whenever a new file based on that template is created. For example, Microsoft Word stores user-recorded macros in the Normal template (Normal.dot) by default, so that they are available for use with every Word document. When you open the Word document, the macro runs. A macro virus is a virus program written in Microsoft Visual Basic® for Applications, the same macro language used in legitimate macros. A macro virus can also run automatically when you open a document unless there are safeguards in place. Most Microsoft Office programs display a confirmation dialog box when you choose to open a document that contains macros.

How do viruses spread?

The Melissa virus in March 1999 spread in the form of an e-mail message with an attached Word document that contained a macro virus. Anyone who opened the attachment triggered the virus. The virus would then send the document (and therefore itself) in an e-mail message to the first 50 people in the person's address book. The e-mail message contained a friendly note that included the person's name, so the recipient would open the document, thinking it was harmless. The virus would then create 50 new messages from the recipient's address book. As a result, the Melissa virus was the fastest-spreading virus ever seen and forced a number of large companies to shut down their e-mail systems.

The important thing to remember is that just because an e-mail message appears to come from someone you trust, this does not mean the file is safe or that the sender had anything to do with it. Also, keep in mind that when you share files with another user, the attached macro or script is included with the file. Therefore, be careful when you share files, and scan the files with an antivirus program before you open them. You can choose from many antivirus application vendors.

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