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    OE and Virus (XP home and pro)

    With all this new and old virus activity...
    I want to be able to right click on a suspect email and delete it without opening it, as I can do in Mozilla.
    However, in OE, if I left or right click on an incoming email message, it automatically opens that message.
    How do it turn off this feature?

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    Re: OE and Virus (XP home and pro)

    Open OE, Tools>Options>Security Tab>Put a check in the box ""Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus." With IE6SP1 which includes OE6SP1, OE does this by default. It is not a virus checker. Don't open attachments in general, unless you know and expect the trusted source and do a viral scan on it. Try to manually update the latest viral definition if you have to, or make sure you use any type of "Live Update" properly. With Live Update you have to reboot if you're using Symantec. Current definitions are a sine qua non for viral protection.

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    Re: OE and Virus (XP home and pro)

    When you say it automatically opens, you mean it displays in the Preview Pane? You can close that pane...but I don't think you can change OE's penchant for selecting a message when you right-click it.

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    Re: OE and Virus (XP home and pro)

    Peter,

    Try going to OE options> read tab. UNcheck, automatically Download message in preview pane. You should be able to then delete it from the preview pane if you wish.
    If you DO want to read that message, highlight it and hit SPACEBAR to open it.

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    Re: OE and Virus (XP home and pro)

    I'm guessing that you have the Preview Pane activated to show the message body below the list of Incoming messages in your Inbox. If that is the case, go to View>Layout and uncheck the "Show Preview Pane" box. You will then be able to right click on the new messages and a dropdown menu will give you the delete option (among others).
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    Re: OE and Virus (XP home and pro)

    Thanks Doc. That does the trick!
    Thanks to all the others who wrote with suggestions to help.

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    Re: OE and Virus (XP home and pro)

    HI Peter,
    As well as the wise recommendation to turn off the Preview Pane for mail, you could also try using Mailwasher. This allows you to preview the text only parts of the messages before they even get downloaded from the server. Any nasties don't need to go anywhere near your machine. Saves you from spam and attached viruses.

    Free download for single mail accounts.

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