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How do you delete virus emails?

Posted on 2002-06-17
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Hi, i use outlook express 5. I'd like to know how to delete emails without first opening them. The only way I know of deleting email is first clicking on the message, then delete but clicking the message opens it and if the file is infected it's too late. For example in hotmail i can click the box next to the message and send it to trash without ever opening it. If anybody has an answer (it's actually probably simple) please help me out. Thanks
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by:percy_k
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Do you have any anti virus software for mail scanning? It should quarantine or even delete the virus for you automatically instead of prompt you for any further action.

Doesn't try to determine by your eyes or it would be too late.
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If you turn off your preview pane, then the message won't open when you highlight/select it.  (See View | Layout)

Outside of that, there are quite a few steps you can take to make it harder for viruses/worms to take hold of your machine.

1) Make sure you a/v software up to date

2) Make sure you run the latest revision of IE/OE that your operating system will allow. (In this case, Windows 95 is IE5.5 SP2 and all others are IE6)

3) Make sure you apply all security patches against IE

4) Configure OE to use the Restricted Sites zone (See Tools | Options | Security)

5) Configure the Restricted Sites zone in IE to disallow/disable on everything. (Open IE | Tools | Internet Options | Security tab)
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by:dbase118
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Also...

In the full versions of Outlook holding SHIFT when you delete will allow you to bypass the deleted items folder and permanently delete the message.

As NEO says though, you need to turn off the preview pane first so your single click doesnt activate the content
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by:bruintje
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Hello outlookamateur

this question is open for more then 2 months
time to clean up
if not stated otherwise

my recom will be
-PAQ
-points to Neo_mvps
-this will be finalized by an EE Moderator
-with no further update (26.10.2002)

PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT THIS COMMENT AS ANSWER

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Question has been closed as per recommendation

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