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Possible virus with Ooutlook Express

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by Grenge, Nov 9, 2001.

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  1. Grenge

    Grenge Thread Starter

    Mar 22, 1999
    I recieved an e-mail yesterday and when I had a look at it all my e-mails in my inbox had been deleted. :mad:
    Could this be an e-mail virus i recieved? The e-mail was from McAfee but I didn't read it, as soon as I saw it I deleted it. The funny thing is that all the e-mails in my Inbox were deleted but I have other folders in my infox with other mail that is still there.
    I use eTrust EZ Antivurus and I downloaded the latest update yesterday before this happened and it didn't detect anything when I did a full scan.

    Also since most of these e-mail viruses seem to affect OE I have been thinking of getting a different e-mail program. Anyone know of any good e-mail programs that are easy to use? I have tried Eudora but that would be a bit complicated for my wife. We need something simple like OE.

  2. Styxx

    Styxx Banned

    Sep 8, 2001
    Don't open attachments

    One of the best ways to prevent virus infections is not to open attachments (click on paperclip icons (the lower larger one) or double-click the subject lines and choose 'Open'), especially when dangerous viruses are being actively circulated. Even if the e-mail is from a known source, be careful. A few viruses take the mailing lists from an infected computer and send out new messages with its destructive payload attached. Always scan the attached files first for viruses. Unless it's a file or an image you are expecting, delete it, twice.

    The Right-Click Scan Method

    Always click the lower paperclip icon of any e-mail with a small or large paperclip icon indicating an attachment is present; choose 'save to disk'; Navigate to where the attachment was saved; Right-click the attachment and choose 'Scan with (your anti-virus). If the attachment is infected right-click it and choose Delete. Delete the asssociated e-mail from the Inbox and then the Deleted Items folder.
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