WD6X: Macro Virus Protection Tool for the Macintosh (MW1222)

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Microsoft offers an Application Note for Word for the Macintosh titled "MW1222: Macro Virus Protection Tool." This Application Note will help you detect and disarm suspicious macros in Word.

Please note that the Macro Virus Protection Tool is intended as an interim tool only. For a permanent solution to macro virus problems, install anti- virus software that is specifically designed to detect Word macro viruses. Such software is available from several third-party companies. For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
49500 List of Antivirus Software Vendors
The following file is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help to prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.
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======================================================================  Microsoft(R) Product Support Services Application Note (Text File)                  MW1222: MACRO VIRUS PROTECTION TOOL======================================================================                                                  Revision Date: 11/95                                                       1 Disk IncludedThe following information applies to Microsoft Word for theMacintosh(R), versions 6.0 and 6.0.1.--------------------------------------------------------------------- INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THIS DOCUMENT AND ANY SOFTWARE THAT MAY ACCOMPANY THIS DOCUMENT (collectively referred to as an Application Note) IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND/OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. The user assumes the entire risk as to the accuracy and the use of this Application Note. This Application Note may be copied and distributed subject to the following conditions:  1) All text must be copied without modification and all pages must be included;  2) If software is included, all files on the disk(s) must be copied without modification (the MS-DOS(R)  utility diskcopy is appropriate for this purpose);  3) All components of this Application Note must be distributed together;  and  4) This Application Note may not be distributed for profit. Copyright (C) 1995 Microsoft Corporation.  All Rights Reserved. Microsoft, MS-DOS, and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Macintosh is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.---------------------------------------------------------------------Introduction------------The Macro Virus Protection tool is a free tool that installs a set ofprotective macros in Word. These macros detect suspicious Worddocuments and alert you if they find a Word virus. You are then giventhe choice of opening the file without its macros, ensuring that noviruses are transmitted.In addition, the tool also contains an updated version of the scanningcode for the Concept Virus and can be used to scan your hard disk forWord files that contain the Concept Virus.This Application Note includes two files: Readme.doc and Scanprot.dot.Readme.doc contains complete information on how to install the MacroVirus Protection tool. It also answers common questions about the tooland about macro viruses. Scanprot.dot contains the Macro VirusProtection tool. Look at Readme.doc for instructions on how to use theScanprot.dot file.Special Notes-------------While running the Macro Virus Protection tool, you may experience thefollowing problems: - The scan may be time consuming.   The scanning portion of the Protection tool may take a long time to   run, depending on the size of the hard disk, the computer   configuration, and the number of documents being scanned. You can   minimize the time it takes to scan your documents by instructing   the tool to scan only folders where you know Word documents to be   present, rather than scanning an entire hard disk. - There is no indication that you have to wait.   While the scanning tool is working, the mouse pointer may not change   to a watch, but instead appears as an arrow,  italic I-beam, or   another unexpected shape. This is a display problem only and does   not affect the performance of the Protection tool. - The tool mistakes a File Series document for subdocuments.   If the scanning tool finds a File Series document (created in Word   4.0 or 5.0), it will pause and ask if you want to convert the file   into a Master Document. You should answer No. If you answer Yes, the   scanning tool will create a master document and will create a Word   6.0 document for each document in the file series. - You receive an Error 1078 message.   If you don't have a Normal template, or if the User Templates   setting is missing, you will receive the error message "Error   1078 -This file cannot be opened (Global)." This error message   occurs because the scanning tool needs to install itself in the   Normal template and it can't find the template. Should you get   this message, click OK, close Scanprot.dot, quit Word (this creates   a Normal template if one did not already exist), and restart Word.   Look in the File Locations setting to make sure a path is specified   for User Templates. (To locate the File Locations settings, click   Options on the Tools menu, and click the File Locations tab.) Then,   reopen Scanprot.dot. - The tool does not check documents that were created in Word for   Windows(R).   The scanning tool will not examine files that were created in Word   for Windows if they have not yet been opened and saved in Word for   the Macintosh. This is because when the files are first copied from   an MS-DOS(R)-formatted disk, they do not have the correct file type   identifier, which they receive after being opened in Word for the   Macintosh. For the scanning tool to check these files for the   presence of viruses, you must first open each file in Word for the   Macintosh and save it. You then run the scanning tool and specify   the folder where the files are located. - You receive an Error 1025 message when the tool checks a mail merge   document.   Mail merge documents with missing data documents will cause the   scanning tool to pause. When the scanning tool opens a mail merge   document, it tries to find the attached data document so that it   can check the data document for viruses. If it can't find the data   document, it asks if you want to locate the document. If you choose   not to locate the file, "Error 1025 - Word could not open the   document <document name>" appears. To avoid this error message,   locate the data document when the scanning tool asks, or move the   mail merge document from the folder that you want to scan.--------------------------------------------------------------------------				
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