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Windows Defender detects and removes this threat.
This is a heuristic detection for macro malware.
The threat can be installed when you open a malicious document attached to a spam email. If macros are enabled on your PC, the malware runs when the document is opened. It can then try to do one or all of the following:
- Download and install other malware
- Use your computer for click fraud
- Record your keystrokes and the sites you visit
- Send information about your PC, including user names and browsing history, to a remote malicious hacker
- Give a remote malicious hacker access to your PC
Due to the generic nature of this detection, we can only provide general information about it.
For more information on how you can prevent macro malware, see our Threat Research & Response blog.
Use the following free Microsoft software to detect and remove this threat:
You should also run a full scan. A full scan might find hidden malware.
Prevent malware infections from spam emails
- For enterprise users:
- Follow the appropriate Exchange Online Protection instructions to suit your business needs.
- Learn about how Office 365 can help you block spam using machine learning. See Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection and First look at Advanced Threat Protection: new tools to stop unknown malware & phishing attacks for details.
- Be aware of the dangers in opening suspicious emails. Don't open email attachments or links from untrusted sources.
- The Microsoft SmartScreen filter can also help detect spam. It’s built-in and enabled by default in Microsoft email programs.
- Submit spam and non-spam messages to Microsoft for analysis.
Get more help
If you’re using Windows XP, see our Windows XP end of support page.