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SJ Mercury/AP: Microsoft alters Outlook e-mail to block viruses -- and good programs

May 16, 2000, 12:47 (4 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"Charged with enabling easy access for computer viruses like the Love Bug, Microsoft is altering its popular Outlook e-mail software to prevent users from running any ``executable'' program attachments, good or bad."

"As an additional safeguard, any time a computer program attempts to access Outlook's address book or tries to send e-mail via Outlook, users will receive a warning and will be urged not to allow it. The software ``patch'' announced Monday for Microsoft Outlook 98 and Office 2000 will be available on a Microsoft Web site starting next week."

"The moves come two weeks after the Love Bug, also known as the ``ILOVEYOU'' virus, clogged e-mail systems around the world and infected millions of computers, destroying music and graphics files stored on many machines. The virus, which only worked against users of Microsoft Outlook, caused as much as $10 billion in damage, mostly in lost work time."

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