Warning! JavaScript is turned off or disabled! Some features on this website will not work.
Previous Next

Alert! Beware of Malicious Microsoft Word Documents

Alert! Beware of Malicious Microsoft Word Documents

There is a Microsoft Office vulnerability that has the capability of installing viruses, spyware, ransomware and other malware on your computer via a malicious Microsoft Word document. Therefore, we DO NOT recommend turning on or clicking on the “Enable Editing” option in Microsoft Word when opening a document sent from someone via email, or potentially unsafe locations on the Internet.


The "Enable Editing" or "Protected View" Option in Microsoft Word:

Protected View - Enable Editing

By default, Microsoft Word will open documents sent via email or from potentially unsafe locations on the Internet in Protected View. By using Protected View, you can read a malicious document and see its contents while preventing it from infecting your computer with viruses and malware.

So, if you see the yellow bar above after opening a Microsoft Word document, please DO NOT click or turn on the “Enable Editing” option on the same bar. This will keep the document in Protected View, which will protect your computer. You may still read the document and print it while it is in Protected View, but you will not be able to edit it.

Related article:

Please share what you know or ask a question about this article by leaving a comment below. Also, check the comment section below for additional information, if there is any.

Remember to forward suspicious, malicious, or phishing email messages to us at the following email address: info@onlinethreatalerts.com

Also, report missing persons, scams, untrustworthy, or fraudulent websites to us. Tell us why you consider the websites untrustworthy or fraudulent.

If you want to quickly find answers to your questions, use our search engine.

Remember to help us, help you, by donating. 🎁Click here to donate

Comments, Questions and Reviews
(Total: 1)

To help protect your privacy, please do not post or remove, your full name, telephone number, email address, username, password, account number, credit card information, home address or other sensitive information in or from your comments, questions, or reviews. And, when you post a comment or review, we will use your IP address to display your approximate location to other users.

The comments or reviews below do not necessarily reflect the views of Online Threat Alerts.

  • Posted: Jul 12, 2017 at 10:37 AM by info

    Here is a malicious email:

    "Transaction from Luciana Zito
    Wed 12/07/2017 10:22
    From: "Luciana Zito"
    Attachment: i80h_Luciana Zito.docx 96 KB


    Your email was used as the addressee of the money transfer. The Funds should appear within 15 minutes.

    The Pass is Dn4NXcp. You need to type it to be able to view the document.

    Luciana Zito"


 Show More Comments (1)
Write Your Comment, Question or Review
Write your comment, question or review in the box below to share what you know or to get answers. Please revisit after an hour or more to view reponses or answers to you questions.

Your comment, question or review will be posted as an anonymous user because you are not signed in. Sign-in.