Can viruses hide in characters/text of Word file (or PDF)?

Here's my problem. Last week I brought my laptop to repair because it often froze and all my folders had a gray shade. They cleaned it and told me there were 20 viruses.

Always had Avast and it never found ANY viruses, let alone 20. The repair guys specifically said, viruses, not other types of malware, I asked them. A couple of days later, the computer started freezing again and there was a black background on some folders. Brought it to repair again and they told me reformatting could be solution.

Yesterday, again, it froze. No problem with the folders, fortunately, but now I'm obsessed. What if some little basta*d is still hiding somewhere? I scanned with Avast, even the boot-scan, everything seems fine.

I decided to buy a new laptop, I won't use it to surf the Internet much or at all, BUT there are some Word, LibreOffice and PDF files in the old computer that I absolutely need and typing them is not possible because some documents have hundreds of pages.

So I was thinking about copying the text of the files and pasting them into the body my gmail and send the emails to myself. Then, on the new computer, copying and pasting the text into a Word file. My question is: if in those Word/PDF files in the old computer there's a virus, will the new files be infected as well? Can viruses hide in the text/characters of an infected file?

O is it just overkill? I definitely don't want to use a flash drive. And I'm not sure about attaching the whole file into a gmail.

I don't trust antiviruses much anymore, at least in my case since Avast didn't even detect one of the 20 viruses! And even after reformatting the computer still freezes (sure, it could be the RAM, motherboard etc) but it froze long before the folders had gray/black background.

Yes, I'm obsessed, but I just want my new computer to be as clean as possible, and I definitely need those old files. I can't work on Word files on a computer that freezes all of a sudden, it just causes me to lose too much work.

I trust those repair guys, I don't think they lied when they said there were 20 viruses. I can't be 100% sure, but 99,9% I think they were honest. I just can't believe Avast didn't detect even one of them

Thank you everyone!

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Yes, of course. Doesn't mean you have any.

I think you asked this in another forum about the folders icons having gray shades.

But let's get something straight here. Norton Antivirus for many years didn't detect a lot of malware. The reason was simple. It wasn't a virus.

Today I know folk that don't want to get into what is the difference between virus, malware, trojan and all the other but for your question the answer is a simple yes. To explain why gets deep fast.

Does this mean your Word file has a virus? Unlikely since Word viruses are something we haven't seen in about a decade. No, I didn't write they were gone but usually someone has to click on a link to take them to a bad place and then install the trojan, malware or such.

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I want to specify those Word files were created by me

Basically, I'm simply afraid a virus infected Word files created by me and it's still there. Therefore, no links or any other things. The words are "safe" in the sense I typed them

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To strip a word virus out was too easy.

Post was last edited on August 5, 2017 1:37 PM PDT

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