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how to check an e-mail just opened for spyware

by gklein / May 2, 2005 10:34 PM PDT

WinXP; Pent4; 512ram;

I use spybot regularly, but would like to check a specific e-mail right when it comes in (before and/or
after I open it)

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Don't use Outlook Express
by Yew / May 2, 2005 10:57 PM PDT

Since IE is the primary conduit for spyware infestation, and Outlook Express uses huge chunks of IE code... It follows pretty naturally that avoiding Outlook Express helps avoid using Internet Explorer, which in turn helps avoid spyware.

If you need a replacement, look into Mozilla Thunderbird (and Firefox for IE).

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Try this...
by Willy / May 3, 2005 12:28 AM PDT

Most AV pgms. have a e-mail filter as part of its defense, check to see if yours does this. Also, its been my experience that some e-mail services those that provide thier own email like Yahoo, Excite, JUno, etc. will have a similar defense on thier part but also you add to it by placing emails to it that appear to be spam or junk mail as well as tweaking how that service acts. The trick is, don't open any emails that you don't know of the sender or those repeated from a similar source. Also, since it appears that IE and Outlook are prone to weakness of thier own, maybe another browser is in order.
I use to use a pgm. called: Mail Washer(freeware). It was a great helper. You could further its use but adding and tweaking its defense those you found offensive. You could friends to a known list to get thier emails and others be trashed or at least look at email headers and see what needn't be opened.

tada -----Willy

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Gene, This Should Help
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 3, 2005 5:41 AM PDT

The link below is for viruses, but similar principles apply for spyware as well:

Opening E-mail: Outlook Express Virus Stuff Instructions

In regards to spyware specifically, most spyware types require you to open an attachment or to visit a website where malware coding installs the spyware ...Generally, if you read the e-mail in "text only" (Outlook Express 6 and Outlook can be configured to do so.), and/or place OE or Outlook in the "Restricted Sites" zone, then you should be fine AS LONG AS you don't open any attachments or click on any links that might be in the message.

Hope this helps.


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(NT) (NT) Grif - yes .thanks. I've been using Spamihilator too
by gklein / May 3, 2005 6:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Gene, This Should Help
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