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Windows 7: Can you get viruses using Webmail?

06 Dec 2011   #1
caleb97

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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


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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.
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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.
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06 Dec 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

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Using a good Antivirus program helps. NIS2012, G-Data or ESET are pretty good,
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