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    Word macros and auntie virus software (Word VBA)

    It is not unheard of for auntie virus software to falsely report that particular software has a virus.

    For example, NAV reports that two of my own templates have a bloodhound virus merely because each contains a single instance of the WordBasic Kill statement.

    I've also seen problems due to merely using late binding or using the VBE in code.

    Currently, I only use NAV 2004, so I have no idea how other AV software will react to my code, nor can I predict what will happen using earlier/later versions of virus definitions.

    I use NAV because I believe it has the largest market share.

    Any ideas on what are the market shares of other AV products?

    Any guidelines posted on how to best avoid false positives? I doubt that this info is available from the AV software vendors.

    What AV products do you folkes use to test for such things?

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    Re: Word macros and auntie virus software (Word VB

    <hr>What AV products do you folkes use to test for such things?
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    Currently, I'm using my AV products to prevent, find or eliminate viruses. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Word macros and auntie virus software (Word VB

    >NAV reports that two of my own templates have a bloodhound virus

    I've met this too, with my own templates, installed by me on invitation from a close colelague, the both of us sitting at his machine. Spent almost an hour trying to get things goig.

    I've also had too many instances of my EX-ISP stripping attachments from my own emails on account of the fact that "they contained a virus".

    I too would be interested in market share. I have no figures, not even published potentially-false figures. I suspect that firms like Grisoft are starting to chip into firms like Norton.

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    Re: Word macros and auntie virus software (Word VB

    I would not use an ISP that filtered anything.
    My ISP offers a local implementation of Sieve (RFC3028 and see [url]http://www.cyrusoft.com/sieve/#implementations[/url}.

    I kill hundreds of messages each day at my ISP's mailserver, then I filter the rest using Thunderbird (previously with Eudora).
    NAV seems to catch a few after that,which I automatically delete.

    I would guess that McCafee has the 2nd largest market share.

    Next time I see an after rebate offer of $0 for McCafee's AV stuff, I'll likely get it and install in a less used OS. Such rebates seem to be common as McCafee tries to increase market share.

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