By elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy. -George Carlin
Question #2940 posted on 02/06/2004 midnight

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Can you get a virus just from looking at an email, or do you have to open the attachment?

- Laser Lady

A: Dear Laser Lady,

It depends on the virus. With the mydoom virus, you actually have to open the attachment. Many script viruses attept to run when you view the email. However, if you have an up to date version of your mail software, and an up to date antivirus program, that shouldn't be a problem anymore.

- The VirusMaster, who hasn't gotten a virus in his inbox for several days, thanks to the server mail filtering he set up