A dangerous new Microsoft Word vulnerability was discovered late last week. This flaw triggers when a user opens an infected Microsoft Word document that was emailed to them. The virus is able to direct Word to download a clever virus installing application that is disguised as a Microsoft Word window. This automated program then downloads a variety of other viruses and malware and installs it on the user’s computer before cleaning itself up and opening a real Microsoft Word file to make it look like nothing nefarious has happened.

Some anti-virus makers have already updated their programs to detect these infected Word documents, but Microsoft has not yet rolled out a patch. For now, users need to be extra careful about opening Word documents sent to them, especially if they do not have an anti-virus program installed.

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