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I will not accept an .exe file, a .doc file or a .zip file and neither should you... UNLESS it is from a reputable, known source and you have specifically requested this information.
We, for example, have Eudora software available at our Web Site and are authorized distributors. I personally have used this program without problem for quite some time, and same software I use is available there. Does this mean you should accept unsolicited files from friends - NO! They could unwittingly be infected and could pass virus along to you.
Blocking all attachments is not realistic. The maxim you should follow is simple - don't download files unless you have requested them - but let's face it, if you receive an unsolicited attachment, be wary but don't panic. It can't hurt you unless you open it.
Rather than simply rejecting any e-mail with an attachment, you would probably be better served by first getting a good virus protection program, and then examine each one on a case by case basis.
You should automatically delete anything that ends with vbs, .bat, .zip, .exe, .pif , and .scr files. Regardless of how they may look, don't be fooled with an attachment that looks like something else. The "Love-Letter-For-You" virus looked like a text file when it arrived and it could have been thought to be one. The attachment however ended in .vbs. and arrived with attachment name Love-Letter-For-You.TXT.vbs.
If you take reasonable care, you should be safe from real viruses. Don't spread false rumors about viruses that are actually hoaxes, as they will spread like wildfire, and cause a lot of people undue concern.
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