Good morning Actually you have made a point Joe however you have gone beyond your point. Outlook and Outlook Express yes are the most vulnerable email clients, however they can be patched and updated to "help" protect against some of the recent vulnerabilities. Those Vulnerabilites are not 95% of the latest virus (as mentioned in your original post) Those vulnerabilites only include some of the Email Worms (worms being different then virus). Some worms as in that Klez and other Newer worms don't even need outlook or outlook express to reproduce they use their own SMTP engines, they don't require windows address book to find others to send to they can use any number of ways to obtain email addresses. Not to mention some cant just dump outlook as you suggested, they may be required to use it and it alone at work which becomes a necessity to use it at home if they wish to easily keep emails synchronized. And what about Netscape mail users ? and Eudora ? those email clients can be just as vulnerable to these same email worms especially the newer ones and have been to other older worms. Point here is Outlook is vulnerable this is a given, keep it updated/patched to protect against those email worms and keep your antivirus program updated to have additional protection against those same email worms and for every other type of infection that may try to get into your system. Christy *********** REPLY SEPARATOR *********** On 7/17/02 at 06:21 PM Joe Parker wrote: > >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 >Outlook. > >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! > > - Users can unsubscribe from this list by sending email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface at http://web.tampabay.rr.com/spider1/24hrsupport.htm.