Hotmail And Viruses

  Carl_booth 18:07 08 Jan 2003
  Carl_booth 18:07 08 Jan 2003

I have a hotmail account and view all my e-mails online through Internet Explorer. Because I don't actually download the e-mail, just view it, am I less likely to catch an e-mail virus? Also most of my messages are a few kilobytes (no more than 10kb) but I often recieve ones from people I have never heard of being 130+kb. Obviously I do not even view them, but could someone explain why they are so large?

  Sir Radfordin™ 18:09 08 Jan 2003

The larger emails no doubt contain images of some form, they are normally HTML files, with images used to track your email address and find out if it is valid. You are wise not to open these.

There is still a chance you can get a virus, but you are fairly safe. Never download, open or run any atachments that you get sent by email and you reduce the chance. Hotmail do claim to scan all emails but that is no guarentee you will be safe.

Why not install and free AV like AVG just to be sure?

  Carl_booth 18:13 08 Jan 2003

Thank You for the suggestion but I already have Norton AntiVirus 2002 with updated definitions.

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