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Urgent Help Needed: Can .docx files contain trojans?

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  1. Bonecrusher123

    Bonecrusher123 Thread Starter

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    Hey guys, I just downloaded a bunch of .DOCX files from a friend. I always create files in the Word 2000 .DOC format.

    I just wanted to know if it was possible for me to get a trojan or any type of malicious software by opening these files.

    I'm running Windows 8.1 Pro.

    I'm using OpenOffice 4.1.1 to open these .docx files if that matters.

    Thank you!
     
  2. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Yes indeed it is. They could contain embedded malicious scripts or code. Macros are disabled by default in later versions of Office but can execute automatically in earlier versions. Since you'd be viewing them with the compatibility viewer I don't know whether that would disable any possible hidden macros or not.

    However, read these articles that explains the risks:

    http://myonlinesecurity.co.uk/jayne-route2fitness-co-uk-christmas-offers-docx-word-doc-malware/
    https://blog.malwarebytes.org/fraud...istmas-offers-infect-pcs-with-banking-trojan/

    Another however, since you seemed to be expecting these documents and they don't appear to be known exploits that are deliberately delivered with enticing titles, it seems there may be a trust issue with you friend. If in doubt then I'd forego opening any documents but as stated in the article sometimes merely viewing the email in the viewing pane is enough to execute some malicious code.
     
  3. peterjohn001

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    Yes definitely there is a chance of getting trojan horse virus in your doc file, better go through the antivirus scanning process.
     
  4. Bonecrusher123

    Bonecrusher123 Thread Starter

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    Thank you for the replies!!!

    Is it enough for me to scan files for malicious .docx files using Windows 8.1 Pro's built-in anti-virus called 'Windows Defender'?
     
  5. lunarlander

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    Windows Defender is not the best antivirus there is. In fact, no single antivirus can identify all virus. Upload the files to virustotal and let their 39 antivirus engines take a look: https://www.virustotal.com/
     
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