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oldad
07-09-2005, 11:19 PM
Just how dangerous is it to uncheck the Do not allow, etc etc line in OE
Security\ options\ Tools?
It seems that it removes access or causes false positives to too many
attachments such as : Microsoft Power Point Viewer and similar files, and it
is a hasel to go to OE tools uncheck that option then go back to open the
file.

Have PC cillin Internet Securaity 2005 and it scans incoming mail

Thanks in advance

mac
07-09-2005, 11:20 PM
"oldad" <ppswan@earthlink.net> wrote in message
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> Just how dangerous is it to uncheck the Do not allow, etc etc line in OE
> Security\ options\ Tools?
> It seems that it removes access or causes false positives to too many
> attachments such as : Microsoft Power Point Viewer and similar files, and
> it is a hasel to go to OE tools uncheck that option then go back to open
> the file.
>
> Have PC cillin Internet Securaity 2005 and it scans incoming mail
>
> Thanks in advance

That setting is there for the 'new to this', and stops them opening unsafe
attachments in mail. If you feel competent not to do such a silly thing?
then uncheck it.

Always save attachments to disc and scan them for any virus before opening,
**Even if they are from someone you know!!**

It is also safest to set OE to read all messages in plain text,
OE>tools>options>read tab.

You really should disable the mail scan section in your AV, it provides no
extra cover, (so long has the main definitions are kept up to date), it can
and does cause OE's files to corrupt.

--
Regards Steve.
MS-MVP. IE/OE.

oldad
07-09-2005, 11:20 PM
Thanks Steve,
Now I must decide if I am competent enough...think I am but one never knows,
Regards
oldad

" mac" <macknever@fsmail.net> wrote in message
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>
> "oldad" <ppswan@earthlink.net> wrote in message
> news:um9rEm8VFHA.3424@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>> Just how dangerous is it to uncheck the Do not allow, etc etc line in OE
>> Security\ options\ Tools?
>> It seems that it removes access or causes false positives to too many
>> attachments such as : Microsoft Power Point Viewer and similar files, and
>> it is a hasel to go to OE tools uncheck that option then go back to open
>> the file.
>>
>> Have PC cillin Internet Securaity 2005 and it scans incoming mail
>>
>> Thanks in advance
>
> That setting is there for the 'new to this', and stops them opening unsafe
> attachments in mail. If you feel competent not to do such a silly thing?
> then uncheck it.
>
> Always save attachments to disc and scan them for any virus before
> opening, **Even if they are from someone you know!!**
>
> It is also safest to set OE to read all messages in plain text,
> OE>tools>options>read tab.
>
> You really should disable the mail scan section in your AV, it provides no
> extra cover, (so long has the main definitions are kept up to date), it
> can and does cause OE's files to corrupt.
>
> --
> Regards Steve.
> MS-MVP. IE/OE.
>
>
>

N. Miller
07-09-2005, 11:20 PM
On Fri, 13 May 2005 16:02:20 -0400, oldad wrote:

> Now I must decide if I am competent enough...think I am but one never knows,

When you try to access an attachment in MSOE, two things will happen:

1. MSOE will present you with a menu choice, "Open", or "Save to Disk". If
you always choose "Save to Disk", nothing bad should happen.

2. If the attachment in question is viral, and in the AV definitions, the
AV on-access scanner will alert and warn you about the attachment.

Item 1. is the most important. I once received an attachment which had a
"Zero Day" virus. The most recent on access AV definitions available failed
to alert. I used my sense of caution, the message was from nobody I knew,
and had a password protected .zip file, with the password included. I
followed the directions on the Symantec site for submitting suspicious
files. The Symantec response was that the attachment was malicious, and to
go to the Symantec site for new definitions.

If you follow the practice of always saving to disk, then scanning, you
should be fine. It would be nice if MSOE would just drop the "Open" option.
MSFT is just too wedded to making computing "convenient", at the expense of
making it "safe".

--
Norman
~Win dain a lotica, En vai tu ri, Si lo ta
~Fin dein a loluca, En dragu a sei lain
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