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    Virus in Outlook mail (Outlook 2000)

    I received some infected mail that Norton identified in Outlook, I'm not sure if I click to remove the mail and it opens in the preview pane, could that be enough for the .exe virus to go to work in my computer. I want to know the best way to get rid of the infected mail without triggering the virus it contains, I'm not sure how Norton interfaces with Outlook.

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    Re: Virus in Outlook mail (Outlook 2000)

    I don't use Norton, but attachments cannot automatically execute if your Internet Explorer security patches are up-to-date. The connection is that Outlook uses Internet Explorer to render HTML format mail messages. Some viruses (e.g., Klez, I believe) false inform IE that the executable attachment is something it can safely open, like a sound file. Once patched, though, only you can execute an attachment, whether you're viewing the message in Preview or a window.

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