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    Automatically activated virus? (OE 5.5)

    Is it possible that my hard disk got infected with a virus that when received via a mail immediately was activated? Somebody told me that Outlook Express has an option to switch on/off 'automatically activate recognized software' or something like this, but I can't find this.
    Anyhow, the virus I've got completely erased my hard disk, leaving the directory structure intact. As far as I know, the virus was received via the mail (Outlook Express 5.5) and opened a window leaving you no choice to click enter. Then - apparently nothing happened - but after switching off the computer and trying to reboot, this was not possible from the hard disk. Rebooting from a floppy disk revealed that the hard disk was completely erased.
    Norton anti-virus was installed and active and obviously was not of much help.

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    Re: Automatically activated virus? (OE 5.5)

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    was it this one? NAV won't help on the newest viruses....

    for OE (or OL) make sure it's set to use the restricted zone for mail and disable all active content in the zone. (tools > options > security)

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    Re: Automatically activated virus? (OE 5.5)

    Thanks for your reply, MaryJ. I must admit that I really don't know what virus caused this disaster. The only thing I could do was reformat my hard disk.
    I found the option to use the restricted zone for mail, but I can't find how to disable all active content in the zone. What do you mean by this?

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    Re: Automatically activated virus? (OE 5.5)

    Another thing to consider....if you have your email set to show the preview pane, this in fact opens the email... Some virus' are activated when you open the email.

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    Re: Automatically activated virus? (OE 5.5)

    Hans, if you are using the preview pane, and don't want to have to give it up (I do, too), just set yourself up a rule (tools, message rules, mail, new) and tell it that if the mail contains an attachment, move it automatically to another folder (I just called mine Attachments) and make sure this is the first rule it runs, ie move it to the top of the list.

    Then you will see that the Attachments folder contains an email, and switch off the preview pane before opening that folder.

    HTH - it works for me! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Automatically activated virus? (OE 5.5)

    to disable the content in the zone, you select the zone in internet explorer's tools | options and set a custom level. Actually the default level is pretty secure, but many people tighten it up even more.

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    Re: Automatically activated virus? (OE 5.5)

    Thanks. I have set everything as you suggested and hope to avoid this kind of disasters in the future.

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