What makes this an Explorer-specific problem?
If I'm not mistaken, _any_ browser will open a .doc or .xls document if
helper application is defined. Word and Excel macro viruses are not
I thought it would've been an Active-X or e-mail scamming hole.
I don't think a firewall can be configured to filter Word/Excel macro
The ability to download and execute a macro virus is not the bug, the bug
is that it downloads the macro, starts word or excel, and executes the
macro, all without any user prompt, warning, or intervention. You simply
'hit' the web page and all this happens in the background.
McAfee's Webscan should be able to detect and prevent this virus because
it scans the data coming through the firewall in realtime.