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    Preview pane and viruses (All)

    Are you apt to get viruses if you use the preview pane? If yes or no, could you explain to me why in easy terms, especially if it is no.

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    Re: Preview pane and viruses (All)

    Simple answer, yes. 'cause OL preview opens the mail.

    There's an alternative to the OL preview pane though. Chilton Preview is effective, and free (but author accepts donations).
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    Re: Preview pane and viruses (All)

    Only if you run a email program un-protected. It is just like having un-protected sex

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    Re: Preview pane and viruses (All)

    If you lock down Outlook by (1) setting it to open mail in the Restricted Zone, and (2) turning off all active scripting and ActiveX in the Restricted Zone, then infections from simply previewing should be few to none. However, be aware that: (1) you need a variety of security patches for Internet Explorer to prevent various non-viral dirty tricks (e.g., falsifying the file types to automatically run attachments), and (2) by previewing HTML-format spam messages that contain images, you may be transmitting your address to the sender, inviting many additional future deliveries.

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    Re: Preview pane and viruses (All)

    Ok, let's say I am running Outlook or Outlook Express unprotected. When I use the preview pane, most attachments don't appear to be open. They still appear as attachments. JPGs and things like that appear, but they appear when I open the e-mail, too. So what's the difference if I open an e-mail with an attachment vs viewing it in the preview pane (unprotected in both cases)? So far I have been told that it's the attachments that give you the viruses. Is this true?

    For Outlook, I am running AVG Anti-Virus. It seems to work very well, but it doesn't work for Outlook Express. Is there a similar virus checker for Outlook Express?

    Thanks for helping me. I know I ask a lot of questions, but it's the only way I learn.

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    Re: Preview pane and viruses (All)

    It is not just the attachments, it is the inbedded links in the HTML and RTF. Using MS Word as your editor will get you in just as much trouble, un-protected.

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    Re: Preview pane and viruses (All)

    Thanks for the reply. You answered my question about viruses only being in attachments (they aren't). What is the difference then in viewing an e-mail in the preview pane unprotected vs opening it up unprotected? Is there any difference between the two if you have protection. What I am getting at is that I am getting instructions by a company to discourage people from using their preview pane because of viruses. What I am trying to establish is whether there is any difference between looking at it in your preview pane and opening it up.

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    Re: Preview pane and viruses (All)

    <hr>For Outlook, I am running AVG Anti-Virus. It seems to work very well, but it doesn't work for Outlook Express.<hr>
    I have had AVG running to protect OE without any problems. Do you have the option "Use Outlook Express 5 Plugin" set?

    As an AVG side note, have you seen this thread - AVG???!! concerning AVG's conversion to a paid program by the end of the year? (Follow the link in the thread for more coverage.)

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    Re: Preview pane and viruses (All)

    Hi John,

    There is another trap with Preview. A number of spammers have taken the code that activates a virus that is imbedded in the message itself. They are using it to confirm that your email is being actively used (if that makes sense) so they can add you to their lists.

    I don't understand the workings of this but I won't use preview, deleting any suspicious messages without opening them. I have AV running plus I'm behind a corporate firewall.

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