Blocked Attachment



Marv Wade
07-10-2005, 12:24 AM
I received an email from a friend with two files attached. I know what the
contents of the two files is but Outlook Express displays a message that OE
blocked access to one of the files as being unsafe. Is there some setting
that I can use to allow this one attachment to be received?

Marv

Dick Mahar
07-10-2005, 12:24 AM
"Marv Wade" <NG@columbus.rr.com> wrote in message
news:uMcKG%23zVFHA.3424@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
I received an email from a friend with two files attached. I know what the
contents of the two files is but Outlook Express displays a message that OE
blocked access to one of the files as being unsafe. Is there some setting
that I can use to allow this one attachment to be received?

Marv

In OE...TOOLS...OPTIONS...SECURITY....uncheck the option to block attachments.

Ken Blake
07-10-2005, 12:24 AM
In news:uMcKG%23zVFHA.3424@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl,
Marv Wade <NG@columbus.rr.com> typed:

> I received an email from a friend with two files attached. I
> know
> what the contents of the two files is but Outlook Express
> displays a
> message that OE blocked access to one of the files as being
> unsafe. Is there some setting that I can use to allow this one
> attachment to
> be received?


Starting with SP1, Outlook Express does this by default, for any
file type which *can* contain a virus. It's not a virus checker,
doesn't actually check the attachments, and this doesn't mean
that there actually is a virus there.

Such attachments *are* very risky. You often see advice not to
open attachments from people you don't know. I think that that's
one of the most dangerous pieces of advice you see around,
because it implies that it's safe to do the opposite--open
attachments from friends and relatives. But many viruses spread
by sending themselves to everyone in the infected party's address
book, so attachments received from friends are perhaps the *most*
risky to open.

Personally I think what Outlook Express does is good; I never
open executable attachments at all, except from a *very* few
trusted sources, and then only when I'm expecting them. But if
you want to remove this safeguard, it's easy to do so: go to
Tools | Options, and on the security tab, uncheck "Do not allow
attachments..."


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Bruce Chambers
07-10-2005, 12:24 AM
Marv Wade wrote:
> I received an email from a friend with two files attached. I know what the
> contents of the two files is but Outlook Express displays a message that OE
> blocked access to one of the files as being unsafe. Is there some setting
> that I can use to allow this one attachment to be received?
>
> Marv
>
>


Outlook Express' default security settings are simply trying to
protect you. OE has no way of telling whether an attachment actually
contains a virus or not, so it temporarily blocks any of those file
types that could potentially contain a virus. In Outlook Express,
Tools > Options > Security, uncheck the "Do not allow attachments to
be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus" option, assuming
you trust the source, of course. The wiser course of action, however,
would be to modify your list of unsafe files, as outlined in the KB
articles below:

Cannot Open E-Mail Attachments in OE After You Install SP1
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q329570

Information About the Unsafe File List in Internet Explorer 6
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;291369

OLEXP Using Virus Protection Features in Outlook Express 6
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;291387



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