Antivirus programs are like viruses themselves
Started by Scrotnig, 28th September 2009 08:20 in Computers, Phones & Gadgets

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    Default Re: Antivirus programs are like viruses themselves

    What about e-mail? isn't that a route of infection?

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    Default Re: Antivirus programs are like viruses themselves

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    What about e-mail? isn't that a route of infection?
    Only if you open unsolicited spam mail, or read it in unsafe software like Outlook Express.

    I use Thunderbird for email.

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    Only if you open unsolicited spam mail, or read it in unsafe software like Outlook Express.

    I use Thunderbird for email.
    Question: Is it possible to delete email without opening it ?

    If I click to highlight it - it opens in the preview pane.
    If I don't click to highlight it, then the delete button is greyed out and cannot be used.

    Like you - I use Thunderbird.

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    Question: Is it possible to delete email without opening it ?

    If I click to highlight it - it opens in the preview pane.
    If I don't click to highlight it, then the delete button is greyed out and cannot be used.

    Like you - I use Thunderbird.
    Thunderbird's preview pane isn't as big a risk as Outlook Express and I use it. By default it will not display images or run executable code which should stop most nasties.

    However, the safest method is to switch the preview pane off.

    View > Layout > Message Pane (untick)

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    Thunderbird's preview pane isn't as big a risk as Outlook Express and I use it. By default it will not display images or run executable code which should stop most nasties.

    However, the safest method is to switch the preview pane off.

    View > Layout > Message Pane (untick)
    That simples!

    Somedays I should not be out without a minder!! LOL

    Thanks - hope you are feeling a little better ?

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    That simples!

    Somedays I should not be out without a minder!! LOL

    Thanks - hope you are feeling a little better ?
    Not really... I am going to bed now.

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    I use Kapersky on my computer at work. I had a load of personal emails - some from friends who have died - going back to 2001. I ran a scan of my email folder and it told me there was a trojan in one very old email. I told it to deal with it and it deleted my whole inbox with no way of getting any of it back.

    I even tried posting on the Kerpersky forum. I did get a reply which suggested it could be undone but it didn't work.
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    You should have several back ups of something so important. Never rely on just 1 copy.
    If everybody is a rightard, people will die.

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    Well, you tell me that now.........................!

    :-(
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    I know how you feel. We've all done something unintentional with our data.

    I once deleted 3 years worth of digital photos by mistake! These things can never be replaced.

    I now have, at the very least, 2 backups of all the important stuff.
    If everybody is a rightard, people will die.

 


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