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    Virus checking (Word 2000 SR-1 / WXP)

    Somewhere along the line my Word program has decided to perform a virus check everytime I open Word. Frankly, I find this annoying and would like to get rid of it. I suspect that the virus checking must come from an Auto Exec macro that executes whenever Word is started. I find A couple of AutoExec macros in my list of macros, but when highlighting them I find the Edit button greyed out -- thus, I cannot edit them. Any ideas how to turn off virus checking and/or how to edit the AutoExec macros?

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    Re: Virus checking (Word 2000 SR-1 / WXP)

    If you look at the bottom of the Tools > Macro > Security... dialog, does it mention having a virus scanner installed? Mine says "No virus scanner installed" because mine works in the background with Windows. There are some products, however, that plug in to Word more tightly. Often it is sufficient to simply disable the plug-in. If you search here by the brand of software, you might find more tips.

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    Re: Virus checking (Word 2000 SR-1 / WXP)

    Yep! Mine says that virus checking is installed. My next question is "what virus checker" and how do I uninstall it from Word? I have Word's macro security option set to the lowest level which basically doesn't check anything, so I fail to understand where it's getting this virus check.

    Again, I suspect it is in the Auto Exec macro that runs at startup, so another related question is what does one do to edit an existing Auto Exec macro -- Word doesn't enable the Edit function on any of the Auto Exec macros.

    Also, I run Norton's AV program and I disabled checking of .DOC and .DOT files, but that didn't change anything.

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    Re: Virus checking (Word 2000 SR-1 / WXP)

    I'm sure a NAV user will be along shortly to tell you how the Office Plug-in works and how to disable it.

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    Re: Virus checking (Word 2000 SR-1 / WXP)

    This is a long shot but we recently encountered a similar problem at our firm. Some of our users had the macro security settings set to high (Tools, Options, Security). You might want to look at that and if the option is set at 'High', change to medium setting.

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    Re: Virus checking (Word 2000 SR-1 / WXP)

    Unfortunately I already have the security setting at low.

    If use the Run command and open Word with the /a option (which supresses loading any macros or templates), then Word doesn't start the virus search. Thus, I still believe that something, somewhere, installed the virus checking software and it also must have put a command in the AutoExec macro (that I cannot edit) that runs the software when Word opens.

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    Re: Virus checking (Word 2000 SR-1 / WXP)

    <img src=/S/fanfare.gif border=0 alt=fanfare width=31 height=23> Thanks for your suggestion, as it answered two questions and solved the problem.

    1. Who's AV was running in word. Ans: Norton 2003

    2. How to turn it off. Ans: Go to Norton AV | Options | Miscellaneous | and uncheck Office Plug-ins.

    I had checked out Norton's options before, but I didn't open the Miscellaneous Option. Perhaps I am learning that one should always check all the options in these programs.

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    Re: Virus checking (Word 2000 SR-1 / WXP)

    Hi Chuck:
    See the thread starting at <post#=63488>post 63488</post#>. If you do find the answer, please post back. The thread that I referred you to was a little vague.
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    Re: Virus checking (Word 2000 SR-1 / WXP)

    Glad it helped you, Chuck. And thanks for posting back the solution in case anyone else has this problem.

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