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#1 honu1

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 12:34 PM

Just wondering if this might work?
I get emails from trusted friends, but they usually send me emails that have been forwarded to many other people. Sometimes, an attachment is involved.

Is it possible for my system to get infected with a virus because of these forwards? I know attachments are risky.

I want to be able to communicate with my friends, but don't want to risk harming my system. I'm wondering if I tell them to copy+paste something before sending it to me, will my system be safer?

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 01:35 PM

Attachments are always risky.
When you get an attachment, save it to your harddrive, and scan it with a up to date Antivirus program, before opening it.
This will greatly reduce the chance of infection.

I always Copy/Paste an E-mail that has several forwards on it.
I hate getting E-mails like that, so I don't send them that way.
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Posted 04 June 2007 - 09:29 AM

It is simply good policy not to carelessly or automatically forward E-mails that have been forwarded to YOU---the sending address may be forged, and not all ISPs rigorously scan E-mails for viruses---, and even sounder policy to take responsibility to assure that any attachment included is virus-free before in turn sending it to others.
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Posted 04 June 2007 - 11:47 AM

The attachment part is my main concern as that's where so many viruses come from.
I am running a program called MailWasher Pro that scans+holds my emails before I process them to read. I also run AVG Free.
Does this mean that the attachments sent to me are now deemed "clean"/safe?
I know I don't want my system infected nor do I want to infect anyone else.
I looked thru the tutorials here, but didn't see anything specific to my query.
Can someone redirect me?
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Posted 04 June 2007 - 11:22 PM

Right click on the AVG Free Edition Icon in the system tray, then click on Launch AVG Control Center.
The Security Status page will indicate with a green check mark beside the E-mail Scanner that it is Fully Functional to Scan Incoming and Outgoing Mail.
So now your forwarded e-mail has been scanned coming and going by AVG.
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Posted 04 June 2007 - 11:29 PM

My server offers the option to keep Email containing certain items (i.e. Attachments) I have incorporated this in my own email. Periodically I go to my servers Email page and chck my mail for these. I can read them there at my leisure and either accept them or delete them. Very generous of them. They take a larger risk than I for infiltrationg virus's!

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Posted 05 June 2007 - 06:16 PM

Very interesting concept, uhaligani.
Could you explain that some more for me?
Thank you.
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Posted 05 June 2007 - 06:38 PM

Thanks TMacK. I just checked + I do have the green checks. Thanks for the input :thumbsup:
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Posted 05 June 2007 - 10:28 PM

Very interesting concept, uhaligani.
Could you explain that some more for me?
Thank you.
honu1

I may have used the wrong term. It is my ISP who have this service. It has nothing to do with the OS, of course. The ISP will retain all or any mail designated. The small penalty is that there is a dleteion date, so I have to be diligent and make sure it is read and dealt with, in my case, within two days.
Much like Hotmail or yahoo if you wish. If you are unknowledable or dumb. you can still download mail which is potentially harmful.




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