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I'm using IE 6 SP1 and Outlook express 6.

I use EZantivirus (by Computer Associates) which monitors e-mail attachments but I don't think it looks at the contents of the e-mail like some antivirus packages do.

However, if the appropriate IE vunerability patch is in place (the newest version of IE has that doesn't it?) do I still need anything extra to look for malicious code that could activate a virus when an e-mail is opened?
 

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Best practice - do NOT open an attachment unless:

1.) You asked someone for a file and you were expecting it.
2.) You confirm with the sender that they meant to send it to you.

Another idea - since you're using OE 6 ...

Put an extra BS character in all your address book emails - like this: JohnDoe*@whatever.com.

The * is extra and it can't be used "automatically" for a virus to replicate to others by mailing itself out - so when you want to put someone's name in, remove the *.

You can use the same method for posting your email address online.
 
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