If you had looked at the header of the message to which you responded,
you would know that I don't use OE. In fact, I never have used OE.
This and the last message were both posted with Agent 1.93 which I use
along with Dialog.
And, just in case anyone is influenced by your post, it's incorrect.
There's a big difference between RECEIVING viruses and becoming
INFECTED by them. Which news or mail client you use has absolutely NO
effect on whether or not you receive viruses, that is determined by
whether or not you use your correct email address when posting to
newsgroups, chat room, et al, and other factors. Whether or not you
are infected by them is another matter. Here we use a firewall plus
AV software and have never been infected.
For that matter, the two-rule filter I posted was for MailWasher which
we also use. MailWasher never downloads attachments unless you allow
them to be. The filter posted allows them to be deleted on the
Ahhhhhhhh, So you dont use OE for newsgroups, but it's not newsgroups
that are causing the problem. How am I supposed to know what software
you use for email from a usenet posting? You could use Agent for
news, but use OE or anything else for email. I agree about not
opening attachments. I dont either, unless they are pictures, and my
Eudora is set to show me the attachments before I download them.
I use Eudora for email, and I have the option to choose "skip messages
over <desired size>". I set mine to 50 or 60K. This way I can get
small pictures, but not be bogged down with large attachments, and
have to wait hours to get my mail.
The way this works, is I get 50 or 60K of the mesasage. In other
words, I can read the text, or if the text is also huge, I only get
the first part of it. If I choose to get the rest of the message, I
simply check-mark the message to download the whole thing. The
headers always tell the name of the attachment, and if it is anything
besides a picture, I simply delete the message.
You can choose any size you want to download, but I have found that 50
to 60K works best for me.
I imagine other email software allows this option too, but I only know
Eudora, since that is all I use.
BZZZT - wrong! If you use OE at all, there's no difference if your addy is
real, you're always accepting HTML scripting, and if there's a virus or
trojan in that script, you're gonna get got.
You know how in Agent you sometimes see all that <HTML crap> that comes in
some newsgroup posts? If you were an OE user, that would be (A) a browser
window popped up on you or (B) some crap added to your system.
The OE liability of blindly accepting HTML script applies whether or not you
use the auto preview window (or whatever they call that 'feature'); the way
OE is written, HTML script is executed as it is received, in mail AND/OR in
newsgroups. Whether the results are immediately displayed or not is the only
Assuming the virus/trojan comes as a separate attachment, you're correct;
otherwise, BZZZT - not in the case of OE! See above.
The HTML poke vulnerability also applies to the MS IE browser. You can get
infected/attacked as long as it is on your machine; whether you use it or
not, it's always open for business. Haven't you heard of MSBLAST?
But thanks for playing!
I still can't believe there are any folks here that don't understand
the simple fact these messages are coming to you because you
subscribed to a newsgroup. Mailbots harvest addresses on Usenet every
day. It is the reason 99.99% of the users are getting spam and or
As others have said: Use a junk mail account (such as your hotmail) as
the reply to address. I repeat: Use a junk mail account. Never never
ever use your primary isp address on this or ANY newsgroup. By having
a junk mail address as your reply you can still check for personal
replys from this or other groups.
One other plus to these webmail services is the attachments will not
execute unless you specificly open the attachment.
(whos mail.com account is full of spam or virus attachments right
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