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Croysdale End-of-Life programs
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Would it be safe to run End-of-Life programs (Microsoft Word 2000 and Microsoft Excel 2000) if the computer is offline?

ddmarshall RE: End-of-Life programs
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If you mean that the computer is never connected to the Internet and you do not import Office files from removable media, you won't have any problems.

If you mean that you are only disconnecting while using Office, you may be vulnerable. For example, you open a document you downloaded which contains an exploit. It could install a trojan which could access the Internet when you connect again.

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Croysdale RE: End-of-Life programs
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Yes, I was thinking of disconnecting when using the EOL programs. Thanks for your reply which has explained the situation to me very clearly.
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Croysdale RE: End-of-Life programs
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A further thought. Would it be safe to downloaded an Office file to, say, the desktop, then use Avast to scan it, and then open it in Office?
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ddmarshall RE: End-of-Life programs
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That would certainly help, as would trying to avoid downloading from sources you don't trust, but antivirus scanners aren't infallible.

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Croysdale RE: End-of-Life programs
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Thanks again.
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