Outlook Express - MS Word attachments & virsuses

  Charlie Babbage 09:40 17 Jul 2005

I often receive emails with MS Word attachments. Until recently, a dialog box appeared which gave the option to (a) open the attachment or (b) save it to disc. I always chose (b) thinking this was safer in case the MS Word attachment contained a virus even though it was received from a trusted source.

I now get a differebt dialog box which only gives the option to open the attachment (which might have a virus) or to cancel the opertion. I'm running avast! v 4.6 which is autyomatically kept up to date so presume this would detect any virus in the Word attachment. However, could there be a danger for anyone who does not have AV protection?

  Taff36 16:08 17 Jul 2005

All sounds a bit familiar because I also run Avast. I thought I`d ticked the original message box that said something like "always do this action" or "don`t remind me again". Anyway, in my experience running Avast (or AVG/NAVMcAfee) we are not likely to get infected by a virus hidden in a Word Document, particularly from a trusted source. More likely to be in a zip file these days!

  DieSse 16:10 17 Jul 2005

"However, could there be a danger for anyone who does not have AV protection?"

Anyone who runs a system without AV protection is going to have much worse dangers than just Word documents. It's just asking for trouble.

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