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macro virus

Unlike normal viruses, macro viruses are created in a macro language and infect documents of the respective host application. Since macros

can be used to automate recurring keystrokes and program sequences, computer viruses can be created and reproduced via macro programs. Macro viruses are embedded in documents and are distributed via email

when thefiles

areaccessed and

shared.Because of this ease of distribution, macro viruses can cause enormous damage, for example by altering the figures in a spreadsheet

. Protection against macro viruses is provided by anti-virus programs and protection functions in application programs. These can be warnings when opening a document....

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Updated at: 16.03.2013
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