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Dennis,

I agree with you and think that your mail is very helpful for people who
have no experience with viruses.

I would like just to add, that there are Excel-macro viruses, too.
Macro viruses can be almost as destructive as any exe-data viruses.
Most of them are of Word or Excel origin, because these
softwares are installed in almost any computer nowadays and as
you mentioned correctly, one needs the "mother-software" in
order to run a macro.

If you don't mind, I would modify your Advice as follows:

Advice:
If your email contains an attached EXE, **Word or Excel** file that
you did not expect or do not recognize - you can read the mail,
but don't open the attachement.
"When in doubt - Trash it out".


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Von: Dennis S. Wish
An: Seaoc@Seaoc. Org
Betreff: Virus Hoaxes
Datum: Donnerstag, 12. März 1998 00:25

>The only virus that I know of that can be spread in a document is the
Word
>Macro Virus which is easily detected and is not destructive. In order
to a
>virus to work it must modify the code of another program, or corrupt
the
>information contained in the system files. This can only be done by a
>program - not data.