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Melissa Virus how to fix



Hi Everyone,
The following is an easy to follow fix for the already infamous Melissa virus
that flooded computers this weekend.  Hopefully, you won't have any problems.

** Begin sample e-mail message **

  From: (name of infected person)
  Subj: Important Message From (name of infected person)
  Date: 3/28/99 8:51:41 AM Eastern Standard Time

  File:  LIST.DOC (or other Word document)

  Here is that document you asked for ... don't show anyone else ;-)

** End sample e-mail message **

There are two easy steps that you can take to protect your Microsoft Word
software from the Melissa Virus and others like it. We recommend that you
print the directions provided below and use them as a step-by-step guide to
protecting your Microsoft Word software from macro viruses.

Step 1: Add a Password to the Normal.dot File

The Normal.dot file is the basic template that Microsoft Word opens when you
select New from the File menu or click on the New icon. When this file is
infected with a macro virus, every document that you create with the normal
template becomes infected. To keep this template virus-free, protect it with a
password so that only you can make changes to it.

To Password Protect the Normal.dot File:

1. Start the Microsoft Word software.
2. From the Tools menu, select Macro, then Visual Basic Editor.
3. In the window labeled Project, click on Normal.
4. From the Tools menu, select Normal Properties, then click on the Protection
tab.
5. Check the Lock Project for Viewing check box and type in a password twice.
6. Click OK.
7. From the File menu, select Close and Return to Microsoft Word.
8. Exit the Microsoft Word software. The next time you start Microsoft Word,
the normal.dot template will be protected.

Step 2: Set the Appropriate Macro Options in Microsoft Word

A macro is a line of commands that are created to automate some task. For
example, you can create a macro that searches and replaces words and phrases
throughout a document as you create it. Most Microsoft Word documents don't
contain macros. Microsoft Word has preferences that you can set to alert you
when a document that you are opening contains a macro or when the Normal.dot
file is being changed.

To Set Macro Options:

1. Start the Microsoft Word software.
2. From the Tools menu, select Options, then the General tab.
3. Click in the Macro Virus Protection check box.
4. Click in the Confirm conversions at open check box.
5. Click on the Save tab.
6. Click in the Prompt to save Normal template check box.
7. Click OK.

Now, whenever you open a document containing a macro, Microsoft Word will
alert you that the document contains a macro. Never open a file that contains
a macro unless you know what the macro is doing.

Best regards,

Vickie Wen


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