Posted by Barney on May 03, 2002
In Reply to: What is this? posted by TheFallen on May 02, 2002
: : I rec'd an email from an unknown sender. The message was merely this:
: : SALUT IMPOSSIBLE DE LIRE TON MESSAGE A TOUT A L'HEURE
: : Should I be worried?
: The message simply reads "Hi! It's impossible to read your message. See you soon". Nothing too X-Files about that, but I suspect (and colour me paranoid) that it may be one of those virus-carrying e-mails that's phrased in such a way as to inspire you to open it. Now, although it's never been proven 100% to my satisfaction that the mere act of opening an e-mail can give you a virus (of COURSE opening an attachment can give you a whole host of nasty things), I've had people a lot more computer-savvy than I assure me that this is in fact possible, especially if using Microsoft's Outlook. My advice... just to be on the safe side, get yourself a good virus checker, and always delete any e-mail unopened if you don't recognise the sender. Personally speaking, I'd always recommend using *any* other e-mail client apast from MS Outlook, because, this being the default client offered to Windows users, most viruses (virii?) are specifically created to self-propagate via Outlook.
Good advice. It's also worth noting that some viruses use your email address book to propogate themselves to your friends, so virus checking is a must.