Office97 Word Spell Check/Macro Virus

Posted on 1997-12-07
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
HISTORY:  I received a Macro Bomb and it took out ALL MS shortcuts, Even msDos prompt and Explorer from the Start Menu.  Anything I had that was MS,  Pub, Money, etc all were affected.  I reinstalled them all to restore as well as disabled Java/Active X ( I run OSR2 + IE3.02) then Purchased AnyWhere Anti Virus and Password protected my Macro's as suggested in the MS Knowledge Base.  I have the Office SR1 patch as well as all that are currently available from MS site as of 12/5/97.
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ID: 1605574
When you say it will randomly stop reporting errors I assume that you mean the spell checker will not catch incorrect spellings?  You also mention "shutting it off", shutting what off?  The spellchecker or the auto-spell check feature?  As for the macros I only show 3 on my copy.  The location of the macros should all be under the macros directory: C:\PROGRAM FILES\MS OFFICE\OFFICE\MACROS.  The 3 that I have are as follows:



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ID: 1605575
Scott: It will not catch incorrect spelling.  correct.
 "shut it off"=miss incorrect spellings BUT say all is OK by reporting it is finished. OR stop underlining in red when I type.

I have:   235KB   11/17/96
Macros8.bak   572KB   11/17/96    500KB   7/23/97
Mscreate.dir    0KB       10/16/97
Support8.bak  173KB   11/17/96   273KB   7/23/97


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ID: 1605576
ERROR on The first FILE  sorry... it is: (wiz extension not dot)

convert.wiz   235KB  11/17/96
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sgeiger earned 200 total points
ID: 1605577
Hmmm... that .BAK file makes me wonder...  Ok I just took a look at mine (and I also have the patch).  My file is the 572KB file.  I would suggest that you rename the to macros8.bad and then rename the macros8.bak to  It looks like the current macros8 file may be corrupt.  Hopefully this should take care of the problems.


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ID: 1605578
Scott,  I will do so and run a few tests...I opened a letter made with the old file and put an error in it and ran spellcheck..its responce was that I had finished checking with no errors.  I then quickly typed a new one of aproximately 5 words and it did catch the errors in the new one.  I will experiment in the next few days with old/new letters etc. and let you know.Thank you,  Russ

Expert Comment

ID: 1605579
I also wonder about the other file that has a .BAK - support8.  I would also say that if you are still having other problems, make all the files with the 11/17/96 date be the active files.  These are the ones that I have and am using with no problems (other than the usual MS problems that is).  I would almost wonder if you still have a piece of the macro virus still in those files.  And I would bet that it is in the support file since the new one is larger, but that is just a theory.


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