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Why are junk email links enabled? [message #406003] Wed, 03 September 2008 14:19 Go to next message
Carol
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Registered: July 2006
Member
In the Junk Email Options I have checked the box to disable links in email
messages. Messages are still coming through with links enabled, including a
..exe file which is a known virus. Is there a way to get it to disable all
links and other functionality for emails that end up in the junk email folder?
RE: Why are junk email links enabled? [message #406165] Wed, 03 September 2008 18:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Carol
Messages: 72
Registered: July 2006
Member
My antivirus program runs continously and is updated automatically. I have
no idea why it didn't catch it - yesterday I opened a ticket with them to see
what they have to say. (BTW, I know the exe file is not a link, the email
had both a link to a website and an exe file.)

"Mary" wrote:

> Version? That Junk Mail option does not disable all links. It just evaluates
> them and prevents some fake html links from being opened in Junk Mail. It's
> not foolproof and it does not disable links in all mail. The setting says
> "don't turn on links that might connect to fraudulent sites." The exe file
> you received is not a link. It is an executable file. You know you should not
> click on that. Where is your antivirus program and why didn't it catch this?
>
> "Carol" wrote:
>
> > In the Junk Email Options I have checked the box to disable links in email
> > messages. Messages are still coming through with links enabled, including a
> > .exe file which is a known virus. Is there a way to get it to disable all
> > links and other functionality for emails that end up in the junk email folder?
Re: Why are junk email links enabled? [message #406179] Wed, 03 September 2008 19:50 Go to previous message
outlookmvp
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Registered: June 2006
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It'll only catch the exe if you either run it or if you scan email as its
downloaded. Assuming you are smart enough to know it’s spam/virus, you
don't need to scan mail as its downloaded.

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"Carol" <Carol@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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> My antivirus program runs continously and is updated automatically. I
> have
> no idea why it didn't catch it - yesterday I opened a ticket with them to
> see
> what they have to say. (BTW, I know the exe file is not a link, the email
> had both a link to a website and an exe file.)
>
> "Mary" wrote:
>
>> Version? That Junk Mail option does not disable all links. It just
>> evaluates
>> them and prevents some fake html links from being opened in Junk Mail.
>> It's
>> not foolproof and it does not disable links in all mail. The setting
>> says
>> "don't turn on links that might connect to fraudulent sites." The exe
>> file
>> you received is not a link. It is an executable file. You know you should
>> not
>> click on that. Where is your antivirus program and why didn't it catch
>> this?
>>
>> "Carol" wrote:
>>
>> > In the Junk Email Options I have checked the box to disable links in
>> > email
>> > messages. Messages are still coming through with links enabled,
>> > including a
>> > .exe file which is a known virus. Is there a way to get it to disable
>> > all
>> > links and other functionality for emails that end up in the junk email
>> > folder?
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