+ 0 Votes I had the same problem long ago! techrepublic 4 years ago Then I searched and found a program that removed the protection from the the excel file.I don't remember what program it was and I have no recent experience with that kind of program so I will not recommend any. Do a search and try one of the available options.You are worried about malware, and rightly so. My recommendation is to use a virtual machine without a network connection and run the program in it. Make a snapshot before so that the VM can be easily restored to a clean state. + 0 Votes Zombies robo_dev 2 years ago The OP was from 2009. + 0 Votes Reponse To Answer GSG 2 years ago Link Spammer. I've killed 6 of these so far. + 0 Votes Zombies robo_dev 2 years ago The OP was from 2009.