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Re: Email and Computer settings to avoid infection
thank you for your suggestions.
from my windows explorer i went to folder options and unchecked the box
(that was checked) labeled, 'Hide file extensions for known file types' .
i also disabled the view panel as suggested.
i checked the restricted zone setting i will see what makes it in.
i checked the plain text button, what will this change in me sending mail
i will now go to the microsoft site and search for their update. i am
tempted to store my total mail list on a zip disk and refer to the zip disk
when sending mass mails.
thank you again for all your suggestions, they are very helpful!
----- Original Message -----
From: Floyd Miller <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2001 9:56 PM
Subject: Re: Email and Computer settings to avoid infection
> At 09:18 PM 2/13/01 -0600, jimmy george wrote:
> >but i must open it to become infected, right? just recieving the mail
> >not infect me? are there any email settings i might change to protect me
> I'm not an Outlook expert and I don't use it but in Outlook Express
> here are some of the options you should look at.
> Of course you should never execute programs that you receive from someone
> don't know. But what if someone you know had their computer infected and
> sent you something without even knowing it? Be wary of any program you
> In the case of this recent virus or worm, it has an attachment that is
> really an executable VB script. But the name is something.jpg.vbs. If
> you leave your Windows Explorer view options in their default settings
> you will only see the file named as something.jpg and you might think
> it is just a Jpeg picture. So you click on it and it executed the
> You should choose your View options to NOT hide the file name extesions
> of known file types. In Windows explorer choose View, Folder Options,
> and then the View tab. In that dialog window find and turn off
> "Hide file extensions for known file types".
> VB scripts that are embedded in the message do not have to be "opened"
> to execute. Simply reading the message will execute them. To avoid
> reading a message unintentionally make sure you have the Preview pane
> turned off. Do this by selecting your InBox and then go to View menu
> and select layout. In that dialo window turn off the "Show Preview Pane"
> In the Security tab of the Options menu select the restricted zone to
> limit the active-X and VB script content that is allowed. Unfortunately
> Outlook Express does not seem to specify what level of things will be
> allowed or diallowed. I guess Microsoft figures we wouldn't understand.
> There may be more control of this in Internet Explorer. It's also too
> bad that you cannot control your Outlook email all from within Outlook.
> And to stop sending HTML encoded that many people cannot read:
> Options...Send Tab .. Mail Sending Format - Select Plain Text
> Lastly, many of these worms travel by sending a copy of themselves to all
> the email addresses in your address book.there has been at least one
> security update for Outlook (and maybe Outlook Express) that disables
> or warns if a program tries to access your address book. Go to
> WEB site and see if you can find it. Read about it, download and install
> I hope this is helpful.
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