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How to reduce the chances of macro virus infection in Word
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This article was previously published under Q233396
This article describes ways you can reduce the risk of infecting Microsoft Word and your documents and templates with macro viruses.
It is recommended that you use one or more of the following methods to help reduce the possibility of macro virus infection.
Note No one method of protection is a total guarantee that your installation of Microsoft Word will not be affected by a macro virus.
Method 1: Install and update antivirus softwareFor a long-term solution to macro viruses, install antivirus software that is specifically designed to detect macro viruses.
Note After you install an antivirus software program, you must keep it updated to ensure that new macro viruses are detected and removed. For more information about updating your antivirus software program, please contact your antivirus software vendor.
For more information about hardware and software vendor contact information, visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://support.microsoft.com/gp/vendors
Method 2: Set a security level in Microsoft WordMicrosoft Word offers the following levels of security to reduce the chances that a macro virus will infect your documents, templates, or add-ins.
Follow these steps in Microsoft Word to change the security level:
Method 3: Lock the global template (Normal.dot)Follow these steps to lock your global template (Normal.dot) with a password to reduce the possibility of unauthorized access by a macro virus:
For more information about what to do if you think your computer might be infected with a Word macro virus, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
211800For more information about macro viruses, please see the following Microsoft Web sites:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/211800/ )How to deal with a macro virus in Word 2000 or Word 2002
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