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!!! Program opening an *xls file protected with a (for me known) open-password !!!

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Last Modified: 2010-05-03
Hi there,

I need help with creating a small program in VB that should do the following actions (in written order):

1) to initiate opening a "SomeName.xls" file that would be located in the same directory as required program
2) to choose an option "allow macros" in MS Excel for the considered "SomeName.xls" file - NOT NECCESSARY
3) "enter" the password neccessary for opening the "SomeName.xls" file  (Only I know the password)

Users shouldn´t notice 2) and 3) action.

You may want to know why....

Don´t be afraid - no viruses... :-)  I created an "SomeName.xls" file that helps users to do some specific calculations and I would like to try to sell it for some small fee (I worked on it a lot!!! of hours). The calculations are partially made via macros. There are also some macros guarding the legality of using the file (in Sub Workbook_Open).  So the VBA project must be as safe as possible - but only the password of the VBA project isn´t sufficient (there are easily aproachable programs that can delete/modify this VBAproject-password). But when there is also an long password (e.g. 123hiTHERE456) to open the *.xls file, those password recovery programs have to use brute attack which isn´t for long open-passwords seccesfull..
I see the proposed way as relatively easy solution to minimaze the threat of the password recovery programs.

I have never made a program in Visual Basic so it is a big problem for me... So if you could provide me with the code I would be extremely greatful

Thank you.
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