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OE nothing in preview pane

by quiet_one / October 29, 2004 8:44 AM PDT

After SP2 I now get nothing in the preview pane in outlook express. I am running XP Home on a Compaq with a 2.4 gig processor

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 29, 2004 9:02 AM PDT

For years this was the way to EXPLOIT security holes in IE/OE. Don't do that!

Why? I can craft HTML email that will log that you previewed my spam and will note that it's a good address for more spam. And this is just the beginning of problems with the preview pane. Next up is that "scripts" can run in the preview and with preview on I can (still!) crash OE. This is still too easy to do and annoy the heck out of nonbeleivers.

Lastly, if you get such an email, it may be impossible to delete that email, so I must reveal how to delete it. To delete that killer email, select another message to delete, hold down the control key and click on the bad email. Let go of the control key and then tap delete to finish off both emails.

Be safe!


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by roddy32 / October 29, 2004 9:09 AM PDT

Sorry Bob, you posted that while I was writing mine out or I would have posted mine LOL.

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by roddy32 / October 29, 2004 9:12 AM PDT

I meant WOULDN'T Bob, it's been a long day. LOL

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Please keep posting...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 29, 2004 9:42 AM PDT

Multiple replies are fantastic. It lets people pick over the ideas and choose what they feel is best.

Just a comment about OE's settings. I rarely find a machine that has the security set to what I would be comfortable with, so I never allow a preview.

Thanks for participating.


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Re: Please keep posting...
by roddy32 / October 29, 2004 10:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Please keep posting...

Thanks Bob, I usually yield to you if you are on a problem because I believe you know a lot more than me. I don't preview either but the box I was telling the poster is new in SP2 from what I understand and DOES block HTML so if you have the box checked and you click on the e-mail by mistake, nothing goes back to the spammer. It's on a different tab in the options from the preview pane. Like I said, from what I remember and from what I have read, this is a new feature that Microsoft should have had in Outlook Express a long time ago. It's new to me anyway. LOL

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Re: OE nothing in preview pane
by roddy32 / October 29, 2004 9:08 AM PDT

Check your settings under tools/options but that might be one that you want to consider leaving alone simply because previewing a message with HTML lets the person know that you viewed it but this link here tells what was changed in Outlook Express via default with SP2 but it can be changed if you wish to do so. At the very least, the option on the security tab in options for "block images and other external content in HTML e-mail" should remain being checked IMO. All it does is put a small bar on the top of the e-mail that you can click on if you want to see the content. It only takes a second to click it. If it's something you want to view, click the bar, if it's a spam, don't click it and just delete the e-mail. This is just my opinion.

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