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Macro-Viruses: Genesis, Truth about the Threat and Methods of Protection

Andy Nikishin, Mike Pavluschik, Denis Zenkin
March 2001

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Soon it will be 5 years since the macro virus term became customary among computer users all over the world. Despite the development of reliable security facilities against this kind of infection and a lot of reviews on the macro-virus protection methods, it still horrifies millions of computer users and prompts them to start their anti-virus scanners. So, what is the macro virus? What is the difference between macro-viruses and other members of the computer "fauna"? What is the extent of their threat? Are there any means of protecting against them? The main purpose of this article is to answer all these questions.

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