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Microsoft Office Malware Alert

Microsoft’s Malware Protection Center issued a warning this week, alerting users that it has found malicious code on the Internet that can take advantage of a flaw in Microsoft Word and infect computers after users does nothing more than read an e-mail.

According to Microsoft, the flaw was addressed in November, in a fix issued on Patch Tuesday, but with malicious code still spotted around the web, Microsoft wants to ensure that users did not overlook the patch.

Symantec said in a statement that users do not even need to open a malicious e-mail to be infected. The code will affect a computer the moment the e-mail appears in the reading pane.

Microsoft has urged all users to install the fix. Details of the MS10-087 update, including affected software version can be found on the Microsoft website.

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