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Hi,

Simple question - does one really need their anti-virus software to
scan e-mail if using GMail exclusively?

Thanks

Dave

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| Hi,

| Simple question - does one really need their anti-virus software to
| scan e-mail if using GMail exclusively?

| Thanks

| Dave

Sure.  What if the email was in HTML using exploit code.

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Dave
http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
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On Thu, 14 Aug 2008 12:44:41 -0700 (PDT), toshradio@hotmail.com wrote:

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X-Files background:

Trust no one.

More than one layer of protection does not hurt
1) Google
2) local machine

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On Thu, 14 Aug 2008 12:44:41 -0700 (PDT), toshradio@hotmail.com wrote:

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Why You Don't Need Your Anti-Virus Program to Scan Your E-Mail
http://thundercloud.net/infoave/tutorials/email-scanning/index.htm
Viral Irony: The Most Common Cause of Corruption.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/IE/community/columns/filecorruption.mspx

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On Fri, 15 Aug 2008 20:52:41 +0700, Kayman wrote:

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The case against scanning emails sounds reasonable where the malware is
carried as an attachment, assuming the email client does indeed handle the
attachment as a separate file, as one would expect. But the body of the
email isn't always handled as a separate file - e.g. both Outlook and
Outlook Express store message bodies in pseudo-database files. Doesn't that
mean that malware coding in an HTML-formatted email body would still be a
risk?

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| Outlook Express store message bodies in pseudo-database files. Doesn't that
| mean that malware coding in an HTML-formatted email body would still be a
| risk?

Yes.

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Dave
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On Fri, 15 Aug 2008 16:40:05 -0400, David H. Lipman wrote:

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Conversely:
You don't need to have your AV software scan emails, provided you set your
email client to display emails as plain text only.

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| On Fri, 15 Aug 2008 16:40:05 -0400, David H. Lipman wrote:


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| Conversely:
| You don't need to have your AV software scan emails, provided you set your
| email client to display emails as plain text only.

True.

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Dave
http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
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On Fri, 15 Aug 2008 21:04:29 -0400, David H. Lipman wrote:

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It may be beneficial to amend http://www.claymania.com/safe-hex.html#4
advising/considering to set-up e-mail program(s) for 'Plain Text' only.

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On Sat, 16 Aug 2008 13:39:27 +0700, Kayman wrote:

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...especially if the user has the preview pane operational, so the email
client downloads, 'reads' and renders the first email in your Inbox as you
start it up, so you don't get chance to decide it was a risky one that
shouldn't have been opened.

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On Sat, 16 Aug 2008 13:39:27 +0700, Kayman

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Ok, seems like a good idea.

How about something like this (below) as the last paragraph in that
section:

Additionally, it is wise to consider configuring your email program to
display messages as "text only" and not "HTML". HTML can easily
include malicious scripting (which may "do something" unwanted
automatically), malicious links (usually obfuscated and too easy to
click) and other unwanted junk. Keep in mind that if you send HTML
email, many anti-spam solutions may agressively target HTML formatted
email as SPAM.

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On Sat, 16 Aug 2008 09:50:37 -0400, Clay wrote:

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This is great! This addition to #4 makes this cautionary article more
complete. Good move, thanks!

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On Sun, 17 Aug 2008 08:01:50 +0700, Kayman

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You're very welcome. Thanks for the suggestion.

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On Aug 14, 2:44=A0pm, toshra...@hotmail.com wrote:
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I've never used anything extra for scanning email for 4 years and have
never had any problems. I think a lot of it is knowing what and what
not to open if you're not sure about the sender.

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