"opening" emails

Discussion in 'malware problems & news' started by rj2012, Apr 7, 2005.

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  1. rj2012

    rj2012 Registered Member

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    I always thought that you had to open an attachment or click a link within an email in order to be exposed to a potential virus. In other words running an executable. So what's the deal if using a preview pane in Outlook? When an email comes in and is highlighted is the preview pane actually opening the email and does that expose a person to risk?

    I would think that just viewing an email with the preview pane is not exposing a person to risk - you still have to "run" the virus. Am I way off base on this - can a virus be triggered simply by opening the email regardless of attachments or links within the mail?

    Thanks.

    Russ
     
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    ronjor Global Moderator

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    rj2012

    Welcome to the forums.

    Put this phrase in google "preview pane in email" and see what kind of answers you get.

    You probably should turn off the preview pane. :)
     
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    rj2012 Registered Member

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    Thanks. I had a brain cramp there! I ALWAYS google questions that I have but for some reason it didn't even occur to me this time. It was one of those proverbial 'Why didn't I think of that?' moments when I read your post!

    Maybe I just wanted to subconsciously go direct to the experts at Wilders!
     
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    I am familiar with brain cramps. :) Happens quite often to me.
     
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