From: Roger Turk <73527.1356(--nospam--at)compuserve.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 1999 12:11:37 -0400
Robert Rollo asks:
. > curious:
. > i was under the impression that an email itself can not wreak havoc,
. > destruction and damnation upon my hardware and software, only by opening
. > an attachment can I get in trouble. is this incorrect ? can viruses "self
. > execute" upon reading of a simple email file ?
>From what I know, e-mail messages *cannot* wreak havoc on your system.
*However*, binary attachments to e-mail messages *can* contain viruses, and
*can* automatically execute if your e-mail program is set to
**automatically** open attachments. Witness the Mellisa virus (Microsoft
Word Macro Virus). The best thing to do is to have your e-mail program set
so that attachments *will not* be opened and to open only those that you are
expecting from people that you know.
A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
P.S. If a virus is defined as a program that modifies your computer files
without your knowledge and takes over control and operation of your computer,
what does that make Windows?