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A Name - FW: Hello my Friend..

 I received an email message with the above subject, needless to say I didn't know the name that was used.  With all of the problems going on, there is no way I was going to open that message (I don't want to add to Quad's workload)..  Two possible loopholes,  I'm still using Outlook Express and I have to click on (highlight) a message to delete it and I have preview pane turned on.   Will highlighting a message or having preview pane open allow malware to get into my PC?   I think there was a lot of discussion about preview pane, a while ago, and I think the outcome was that using preview pane was safe.  Have things changed? (edit - corrected spelling error).

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Re: A Name - FW: Hello my Friend..

Hi PC_confused,

I think the default is to open messages in the Internet Options Restricted Zone, which prevents any scripts from running.  You can check this by opening OLE's Tools > Options > Security tab.  You can also disable the Preview Pane before highlighting the message to delete it (View > Layout...).  And, for complete safety, you can also select to open mail in plain text (Tools > Options > Read tab).  Because most email clients are configured by default not to allow scripting to run, it is generally safe to open a message as long as you don't click a contained link or open  an attachment (assuming you haven't changed the default!).

Kudos0

Re: A Name - FW: Hello my Friend..

Thank you again, SendOfJive, for the information.  You've given me quite a bit of information, in past questions I've asked.   If I could ask a follow up question....  If I made sure the settings are as you suggested and I right click on the message, click on properties, click on Details then click on Message Source, would I be able to find out about the message without a risk to my PC?  Or would this be a case of where "Curiosity infected the PC"?

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Re: A Name - FW: Hello my Friend..

I wouldn't even bother to check the message source.  The information is not likely to be helpful or meaningful.  Information in headers can be forged, and even if it isn't, knowing where the message originated isn't going to be of any value to you.  A lot of "send-me-some-money" scams have subject lines like this.  I would just delete it, unless you want to read it for a chuckle.  Reading it in plain text is perfectly safe.

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