It is important to realize that the Macro virus
protection feature cannot actually detect a virus - only the presence of a macro in the document.
Many vendors already offer ways to block the Melissa Macro Virus
The "Melissa" virus is a Word 97 or 2000 macro virus
delivered via e-mail in an attached Word document (for more information on the "Melissa" virus see http://officeupdate.
Upon finding the address book, the macro virus
copies itself as an attachment to the first 50 users' names and automatically sends an email to each person listed.
This Word97 Macro virus
, also known as Ethan, travels quickly, and has been reported to four AVERT labs worldwide since its discovery in January, 1999.
Nasdaq:ONDI) today issued an alert that they have seen several highly destructive variants on a macro virus
that first appeared in September 1999.
According to the National Computer Security Association's (NCSA) 1997 Virus Prevalence Survey, the widespread use of electronic mail to transmit documents has greatly contributed to the growth in macro virus
Each time a macro virus
tries to spread, there is a chance it will inadvertently become corrupted or mutate, thus creating a new macro virus
also capable of spreading.