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Prevent virus scan when opening MS Office files

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by Tom Seeley, Aug 7, 2006.

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  1. Tom Seeley

    Tom Seeley Thread Starter

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    I KNOW I've figgered this out before, but for the life of me I can't remember how to do it and I can't find what I clicked to make it happen, so pls indulge my latest senior moment :eek: and help me out.

    I want to PREVENT MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint from doing an automatic virus scan of *.xls, *.doc, or *.ppt files whenever I open one. I almost never use such files OTHER THAN files I've created, so I'm quite willing to take the almost infinitesimal risk they'd caught a virus, and speed up the file open process just that much.

    I had that working right till I installed the latest MS Office updates, I think. Now I can't find where/how to re-establish that option.

    I'm running AVG Free for my anti-virus, if that matters...

    Thx
     
  2. Zack Barresse

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    In regards to Office, you can't shut it down; it will always scan every file you open. I don't know what it scans for exactly, but it'll scan it anyway. I know it'll detect if there are any macros/procedures in the file and (according to your security level) give you a warning.
     
  3. blaqDeaph

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    What version of MS Office?
     
  4. Tom Seeley

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    MS Office 2003 sp2
     
  5. Bob Cerelli

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    It's the Anti-Virus software that needs to be configured, not Office.

    With AVG, you can go to the Resident Shield / Advanced Settings and select which extensions you want to exclude. Not sure if this option is available with the free version.
     
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