There was 1 in my Mailwasher this eve. Having a suspicious mind, I wondered if MS do this? I go to their site & download updates, but haven't had one of these emailed ones before.
I was going to download it into OE, & not open it till I'd checked with someone (making sure my antivirus real-time monitor was on!), but it took a long time to download a small bit of it, then I got 'timeout error at your server', & couldn't continue receiving emails till I'd deleted the MS one in Mailwasher. However, at 11.3kb, it was smaller than the previous email, which downloaded quite quickly. I don't know how I would have stopped it & continued, using just OE, but then I still haven't learned all the tricks!
Do other people get these updates by email? It would still be interesting to know if it was kosher.
The 'from' (if my scribble is correct) was Microsoft [email protected]. It said it was the latest version of the security update, the April 2003 Cumulative Patch, etc etc. There were several small grammatical flaws, which seemed unlike Microsoft.
Just refreshing this, to warn others to delete emails containing 'Microsoft updates', and not open them, let alone run any programs in them. I got another 2 or 3 of these things, so others, including novice email users, might be getting them too.
Sorry - an omission in the 1st posting was forgetting that not everyone knows about Mailwasher. It's a shareware program that enables viewing emails at your ISP's server, before downloading them into Outlook, OE or whatever. You can delete unwanted ones & just download the ones you're sure about. And/or bounce them back (rather satisfying!)