Re: Word, RoboHELP and the Concept Virus

Subject: Re: Word, RoboHELP and the Concept Virus
From: Beryl Doane <BDoane -at- ENGPO -dot- MSMAILGW -dot- INTERMEC -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 1996 09:34:00 PDT

Tiffany Crotogino Munoz wrote complaining that the Concept Virus is a
Microsoft bug.

I can understand Tiffany's frustration. However, put the blame where it
belongs. In this case, MS is a victim, not a monster. The Concept Virus is a
virus. It was written by a slimy, scum-sucking, sadistic punk. (IMHO)

It is a *very* persistant virus. It spreads through Word document and
template files. You get it by opening Word files saved on someone else's
machine (that is still infected): opening Word files attached in email,
opening Word files on a network, or from Word files on a floppy.

Microsoft provides SCANPROT.DOT as a cure for the virus. In the past 6
months, most anti-virus software manufacturers have updated their software
to catch and clean the virus.

You can catch the virus again, any time, by opening an infected file, unless
you keep the MS antivirus macros installed or use something like MacAffee's
software continually.

If anyone needs SCANPROT.DOT or an additional macro that cleans files that
SCANPROT skips over, send me email. Oh, SCANPROT *does not* clean files that
have any of these attributes:
a. files containing more than one macro
b. files with Autotext or Autocorrect entries
c. files with custom toolbars, custom menus, or key assignments

These limitations are explained in the README.DOC file that accompanies
SCANPROT.DOT.

Beryl Doane
Senior Technical Writer
Intermec Corporation
bdoane -at- intermec -dot- com


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