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

[ Thanks to George
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
, 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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