RE: [gardeners] virus heads-up

Margaret Lauterbach (
Thu, 21 Aug 2003 12:50:39 -0600

Thank you.  Why aren't you writing instructions for Symantec and 
Microsoft?  Margaret L

>The list of extensions refers to an attachment that comes with the false 
>email.  These extensions indicate the type of file being sent.
>Computers 101
>There are two types of file used by your computer.  One type holds data 
>==> information, facts, text, and so on.
>The other type holds computer instructions ==> program, script, application.
>A virus can be transmitted in a file that holds instructions - "code" - it 
>can be "executed" or caused to run on the computer that has the file on 
>it.  This is the type of file to be wary of in attachments, no matter who 
>has sent them to you.
>Even html files have the ability to execute code.   It is preferable to 
>receive your email as text - characters only, no images - because the code 
>cannot run when it is viewed as text.
>End of lesson.  If you have questions feel free to ask.
>I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn't find any.