[24hoursupport] Email apps & viruses

  • From: Joe Parker <joe.parker@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: 24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2002 18:21:33 -0400

>unchallenged.  To tell someone who may not be very familiar with the
>internet and email that they will protect themselves from 95 percent of
>viruses by leaving Outlook / Outlook Express is a very wrong.  That is
>very far from the truth.  There are many many viruses out there that
could care less what type of email program you are using.  The only way

Oh? Name any widespread virus/trojan/worm attack in the last couple years - 
Klez, Melissa, Badtrans, Nimda, et al. Notice anything in common? They all 
do their dirty work via Outlook. Dump Outlook and you've gone a *long* way 
towards protecting yourself. They mostly do no harm at all to systems 
running e.g. Pegasus and more importantly cannot propagate. Not so with 

You're certainly right that anyone can get a virus in a variety of ways. 
But they don't infect *100* others if they aren't running Outlook!

>You are entitled to your opinion of course, but it is very unfair to
>bash Microsoft and blame them for all the virus problems.  Outlook (have

I haven't bashed MS since they finally wrote a decent OS with Win2k. You're 
reading something into my letter that isn't there. Outlook isn't inherently 
bad, it's just the most popular and thus a target for virus authors.

>Outlook Express is capable of.  Outlooks calendaring, task and contact
>management features add a dimension that no other email software can
>touch.  That's my opinion.

Now you're confusing apples and oranges. Many people enjoy Outlook's other 
features, but again you've mis-read my letter badly. I was *only* speaking 
of email and you should see that if you read it again. Perhaps you could 
start a new thread dealing with people's favorite contact management 
programs because it really is a completely different subject even if 
Outlook has combined them all together.

>I have been working with computers for over 22 years now.  I have been
>on the Internet before the WWW was even thought of when navigation was
>via a Unix command prompt.  I've used Microsoft's email when it was
>Internet Mail and News up to version 3 followed by OE4,5 and 6 along

Join the club. I sometimes miss the old PINE and ELM mail apps. But unlike 
you, it was obvious to me from the start that Outlook was trouble so I 
never made the mistake of getting involved with it. You may be a very 
careful person, but consigning e.g. your grandmother to Outlook is a sure 
recipe for disaster.

Instead of encouraging people to use virus magnets with up to date virus 
condoms you really should know better. Just Say No.

One man's opinion? Most assuredly. But the next time someone posts 
concerning another awful Outlook virus *this* man won't feel guilty for not 
pointing out obvious, simple, free steps they could have taken to protect 

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