February 2, 2011

How to Delete a Macro Computer Virus

A macro virus is a computer virus that "infects" a Microsoft Word or similar application and causes a sequence of actions to be performed automatically when the application is started or something else triggers it.

Macro viruses tend to be surprising but relatively harmless. A typical effect is the undesired insertion of some comic text at certain points when writing a line. A macro virus is often spread as an e-mail virus

  1. Run the program that the infecting macro was originally opened with, such as Microsoft Word or Excel, by double-clicking on its appropriate desktop icon.
  2. Click on the "View" tab at the top of the screen. Scroll all the way over to the far right side of the screen and click on the button labeled "Macros."
  3. Click on "View Macros" on the drop-down menu that will pop up underneath the Macro button.
  4. Wait for the new window to pop up and then scroll through the list of macros installed until you find the one that infected your computer.
  5. Click on the name of the macro and then click on the button that is labeled "Delete."
  6. Close the "View Macro" window and then click on the large, circular Microsoft icon at the top left of the screen.
  7. Click on the option that says the name of the program followed by "Options," such as "Excel Options."
  8. Click on "Trust Center" and then click the button that says "Trust Center Options."
  9. Click the option marked as "Macro" settings and then click the radio button next to the option that says "Disable all macros."
  10. Open your web browser and navigate to a website that offers a virus scanning program such as AVG Free. Download the installation file and then open the folder where you saved the file. Double-click on it and follow the on-screen instructions to install the program. Open the software by double-clicking on its desktop icon and then click on the option to run a full system scan. Wait for the scan to finish and then click on the option to delete any virus threats found.


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