But until now these viruses were mostly sent around as PDF or other executable files—until now. Microsoft has recently warned the public that there was a bug exploit in Microsoft Word software that allowed for Word files to also potentially hold and launch viruses.
The next time you get an unusual e-mail with a Word file, think twice before downloading or opening it. It would be an even better idea to not open or download any files that come from an e-mail address you don’t know or anything that seems suspicious.
This same advice goes for links that you receive in your e-mail, as they might just as easily infect your computer with a virus the same as downloading one of these infected documents.