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  • Office Mac Macro Disabling Issue

    Posted on Nathan Parker Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Home Forums AskWoody support Non-Windows operating systems macOS Office Mac Macro Disabling Issue

    This topic contains 3 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  mn– 1 month ago.

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    • #2003035 Reply

      Nathan Parker
      AskWoody_MVP
    • #2003042 Reply

      OscarCP
      AskWoody Plus

      So, disabling all macros in Office: bad idea. To have Office for Macs fully patched: good idea.

      I do  not use any of those things mentioned in the article and don’t mind having Office’s macros in my Win 7 PC or my Mac. They have never done me any harm, that I’ve noticed.

      So, question: Why do people want to disable Office’s macros, anyway?

      Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group B & macOS + Linux (Mint) => Win7 Group W + Mac&Lx

    • #2003076 Reply

      Nathan Parker
      AskWoody_MVP

      At times there is a way to spread viruses through macros, and some macro viruses can affect Office for Mac I believe.

      Nathan Parker

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      mn–
      AskWoody Lounger

      At times there is a way to spread viruses through macros, and some macro viruses can affect Office for Mac I believe.

      … and since macros have a mechanism to execute system-level commands, they’ll have access to plenty of things in your computer.

      They can also be written to trigger the installation of external applications, including keyloggers and other spyware…

      Writing a macro that’ll wipe all your personal files if allowed to run as is, is trivial. Even seen one that supposedly came about by accident… which wiped all personal files unless you had a specific language version of documents folder on disk already.

      So yeah, it’s not only intentional malware that you need to look out for, some of the damaging ones actually are honest mistakes and accidents.

      Yes, you do need macro security.

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