Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Can you get viruses using Webmail?

06 Dec 2011   #1
caleb97

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit SP1
 
 
Can you get viruses using Webmail?

Hi,

I was wondering if it is possible to get viruses just by opening an email in webmail (such as Yahoo Mail or GMail), or if you would have to download the attachments.

I was under the impression that if there were any viruses in your webmail account, they couldn't harm your computer unless you downloaded them.

Thanks in Advance,
Caleb


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
06 Dec 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That is one of the best ways to get a virus.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Dec 2011   #3
caleb97

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
That is one of the best ways to get a virus.
Thanks for your help,

I wasn't aware of this. I'll definitely be more careful now when using my webmail account.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

06 Dec 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Using a good Antivirus program helps. NIS2012, G-Data or ESET are pretty good,
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Can you get viruses using Webmail?




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Can't access webmail with IE10
My friend's Win 7 computer running IE10 suddenly stopped being able to access Yahoo mail. He can get to the Yahoo home page, but when he clicks on the Mail icon, then the screen goes blank, and in the address bar you can see Yahoo flipping back and forth between two url's. And it just continues...
Browsers & Mail
AOL Webmail
I have a webmail account with AOL. This morning on checking my email I appear to have an email from myself to myself marked No Subject. I know you can right click and choose 'view message source' but what I want to know is, if this email carried a virus for example would clicking the 'view...
Browsers & Mail
Webmail
My .com domain expired but I had it reactivated the next day. Now when I try to connect either with Outlook 2007 or Webmail using Xp or Windows 7 on some pc's it will not connect but on some other machines it will connect. What could be the issue with the pc's that will not connect to the login...
Browsers & Mail
Is it possible to configure IE to use webmail as default?
Is it possible to configure IE to use a webmail application as the default email app? We use a webmail application that is not one of the standard ones like Hotmail, GMail or Yahoo Mail. What I want is to open the webmail application whenever I click on a MailTo linke on a webpage. Is...
Browsers & Mail
Webmail and attachments
Like most IT pros, I have the priviledge of supporting family members whenever they have computer troubles. I was recently at my in-laws and they have an interesting problem that stumped me. They're using a webmail service for their email. Whenever they attempt to open an attachment through...
Browsers & Mail
Migrating webmail to Outlook 2007
I learned the hard way when I realized my external backup did not backup my Outlook 2003 mail. I just installed Win 7 and when I went to move my Outlook mail over from my external drive, only old mail was there from '06 and '07. I still can't figure this out - why did it not save my current...
Microsoft Office


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:14.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App