>Thank you for your recent letter concerning e-mail-borne viruses.
> Unfortunately, most of the virus warnings floating around the Net
> right now are hoaxes. There are, however, two rules that you
> need to remember to be able to sort out the true virus warnings
> from the hoaxes, and to protect yourself from becoming infected
> with a virus or a Trojan horse:
> 1. Regular, plain-text e-mail letters -- the plain old
> vanilla e-mail letters (like this one) that you receive
> every day -- can *NOT* contain viruses or Trojan horses.
> Period. It does not matter what you may have heard from
> your friends, co-workers, newspaper, government, or
> religious leaders. Plain e-mail letters can not contain
> viruses or Trojan horses. It does not matter WHAT the
> subject line of the letter is -- "Good Times," "PenPal
> Greetings," "Deeyenda," "Irina," "AOL4FREE," "I AM A
> REALLY MEAN VIRUS AND I AM GOING TO EAT YOUR HARD DRIVE"
> -- plain text e-mail letters simply can not contain
> viruses or Trojan horses. If anyone tells you otherwise,
> they are either lying or are badly misinformed.
> 2. Files that are attached to e-mail letters -- like Lotus
> or Excel spreadsheet files and *especially* Microsoft
> Word files -- can, and probably do, contain viruses and
> Trojan horses. How can you protect yourself? VIRUS
> CHECK EVERY SINGLE ATTACHMENT THAT YOU RECEIVE THROUGH E-
> MAIL (AND EVERY SINGLE FILE THAT YOU DOWNLOAD FROM THE
> INTERNET). If your boss, best friend, worst enemy,
> family pet, significant other, insignificant other,
> teacher, tribal member, or political leader sends you a
> file attached to an e-mail document, VIRUS CHECK THAT
> FILE. It does not matter what the subject line of the e-
> mail letter to which that file is attached is called.
> VIRUS CHECK THAT FILE!