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Never just blindly click on the file in your email program. With these malformed infected word, excel and other office documents that normally contain a vba macro virus, the vital thing is do not open any office document direct from your email client or the web.
Always save the file to your downloads folder, so you can check it first. Always save the document to a safe location on your computer, normally your downloads folder or your documents folder and scan it with your antivirus.
Modern versions of Microsoft office, that is Office 2010, 2013, 2016 and Office 365 should be automatically set to higher security to protect you.
By default mode is turned off and macros are enabled then opening this malicious word document will infect you, and simply previewing it in windows explorer or your email client might well be enough to infect you.
You will not be infected if you do not have macros enabled in Excel or Word.
These Macros do not run in Open Office, Libre Office, Word Perfect or any other office program that can read Word or Excel files.
It might be a scare ware message that will make you open the attachment to see what you are accused of doing.
Frequently it is more targeted at somebody ( small companies etc.) who regularly receive PDF attachments or Word attachments or any other common file that you use every day, for example an invoice addressed to [email protected]
Update: we have still not managed to get any payload from this particular malspam run.
Please read our How to protect yourselves page for simple, sensible advice on how to avoid being infected by this sort of socially engineered malware.
Also please read our post about word macro malware and how to avoid being infected by them Be very careful with email attachments.
They do not affect a Mac, IPhone, IPad, Blackberry, Windows phone or Android phone.
The malicious word or excel file can open on any device with an office program installed, and potentially the macro will run on Windows or Mac or BUT the downloaded malware that the macro tries to download is windows specific, so will not harm, install or infect any other computer except a windows computer.