To anyone who doesn't yet know it, Microsoft does not send us emails about security patches and the like. Don't open them! Don't even preview them (or allow emails to be automatically previewed anyway). Just delete them.
I usually get about 5 emails a day, 1 or 2 of them spam or worse. Today I got 6 emails, all slightly different, all purporting to be from Microsoft, all with attachments and all taking their time to download (I dread to think what malicious code could be packed into them!)
I've never had a delivery of undiluted suspicious emails like this before - maybe the villains are particularly active just now.
because, in the main, ordinary computer users will tend to pay heed to a message that purports to come from Microsoft....and in this case the result will be a virus infection.
To muddy the waters for a moment - Microsoft does send emails about security patches, but not normally to 'ordinary' home users. The mail is mainly sent to people who are involved in the industry, so they can pass the information to their customers. Most computer users find out about security patches via the Windows update site, which is a pretty secure way of getting patches. You can (as polymath says) safely ignore anything that comes your way by way of an email from Microsoft.
Yes, I use Mailwasher too. If in any doubt about deleting an email, it can be previewed more safely than after downloading. And I think it would be worth it just for being able to mark senders as 'friend' etc - once once most friends are flagged, only the others need deciding about.
I got a mail supposedly from microsoft about ten days ago, there where no attachements ,but when i opened it the page scrolled through by itself ,absolutely loads of gobledygook, when it finished the internet conection shut down. I just rebooted and everything has been OK since. but someone else may not be so lucky. merlinx
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