Yet another "Microsoft" support message...

  Stuartli 23:39 23 Oct 2003

Had an e-mail from "MS Assistance" which is yet another, presumably, to avoid...:-)

Wording goes:

"Microsoft Client

this is the latest version of security update, the
"October 2003, Cumulative Patch" update which eliminates
all known security vulnerabilities affecting
MS Internet Explorer, MS Outlook and MS Outlook Express
as well as three newly discovered vulnerabilities.
Install now to help maintain the security of your computer
from these vulnerabilities, the most serious of which could
allow an malicious user to run executable on your computer.

System requirements: Windows 95/98/Me/2000/NT/XP
This update applies to:
- MS Internet Explorer, version 4.01 and later
- MS Outlook, version 8.00 and later
- MS Outlook Express, version 4.01 and later

Recommendation: Customers should install the patch =
at the earliest opportunity.
How to install: Run attached file. Choose Yes on displayed dialog box.
How to use: You don't need to do anything after installing this item.

Microsoft Product Support Services and Knowledge Base articles =
can be found on the Microsoft Technical Support web site.
click here

For security-related information about Microsoft products, please =
visit the Microsoft Security Advisor web site
click here

Thank you for using Microsoft products.

Please do not reply to this message.
It was sent from an unmonitored e-mail address and we are unable =
to respond to any replies.

The names of the actual companies and products mentioned =
herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.
Copyright 2003 Microsoft Corporation."

In case you are wondering, the reason I can look at this e-mail was because Preview Pane is permanently disabled, I click once on the e-mail listing, select Properties and then Message Source. Coming out is a case of clicking cancel after Message Source.

Afterwards I am able to delete it whilst it is still highlighted.

It's the Preview Pane that causes so much heartache in OE...:-)

Remember, Microsoft NEVER sends out unsolicited e-mails...........

  March Hare 00:14 24 Oct 2003

Timely advice, Stuartli, Thank you.

But "Remember, Microsoft NEVER sends out unsolicited e-mails..........."

Maybe, but I've had 3 more of those pesky Hotmail e-mails today (one to each of my accounts), urging me to pay for an "improved" service which will give me more storage space, which I don't need.

Isn't Hotmail MSN? And doesn't this count as unsolicited junk e-mail?

I think I'm turning into a Grumpy Old Man :o(

  Stuartli 08:13 24 Oct 2003

Just had a look at your previous thread - that seems to have been a message panel rather than an e-mail.

You're probably thinking of the [email protected] e-mail virus - it's wise for everyone to remember the constantly stated fact that Microsoft NEVER sends out e-mails unless the receipient is on their subscription list.

People are tricked because when an e-mail appears to come from Microsoft it's a case of familiarity and they are caught off guard.

  Stuartli 08:22 24 Oct 2003


The opening paragraphs of the e-mail being discussed seems especially designed to catch people out as there was a cummulative update earlier this month....

Just the odd (important word) is missing in the intro.

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