• Microsoft wants to help stop you being hit by Excel malware

    3 days ago - By TechRadar

    The days are numbered for hackers using Excel's XLL features to deliver malware to Microsoft customers, the company has announced. XLL files are similar to DLL files and provide the program with a number of advanced features, including custom functions and toolbars. Crooks have been using XLL files in phishing attacks, successfully delivering malware, infostealers, and possibly even ransomware in some occasions.
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    Now, Microsoft's first step is to prevent such files downloaded from the internet from running: "In order to combat the increasing number of malware attacks...
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  • Microsoft to further deter malware attacks by blocking internet-downloaded XLL add-ins

    Microsoft to further deter malware attacks by blocking internet-downloaded XLL add-ins

    3 days ago - By WMPoweruser

    Microsoft will introduce a new security measure to deter hackers from distributing malware using XLL add-ins. As spotted by Bleeping Computer, the Redmond company will start blocking XLL add-ins from the internet by March once the new capability becomes generally available in March. According to the software giant, the plan to implement the new measures...
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