These exploits are not limited to Outlook users - anyone who uses email is at risk from these new viruses - and any that viruses that collect addresses from your computer are more likely to get the addresses from a compromised web-based email account or social media account, not Outlook's address book.The best way to avoid a virus infection is to think before opening attachments: if the email message doesn't make sense, don't open the attachment.
While that’s still a possibility – and you should absolutely make sure that your anti-malware Anti-malware tools are tools that attempt to prevent, detect, and remove, all types of malware.
In the past tools have differentiated between classes of malware such as viruses and spyware.
Users need to "do something" to infect their computer by email.
Beginning with the Outlook 2000 post-SP1 security update, it's unlikely that anyone will be affected by the HTML vulnerabilities or viruses that use the address book to propagate.
This page provides information on how to protect your computer from Outlook-related viruses.
While the tips target Outlook, many of the tips apply to any email client.Viruses can involve current versions of Microsoft Outlook in only one way: A user open a virus-infected attachment received via an Outlook e-mail message.Because this is the most common way viruses spread, many system administrators block certain attachments at the server or use the Outlook Email Security Update to block such attachments at the client.If Windows is set not to show the extension for known file types, the recipient will see the attachment listed as a harmless file, not a potentially dangerous file.The solution is to use Tools | Folder Options or View | Options, depending on your Windows version, to change the setting to show extensions for all files.Like a human virus, a virus makes the infected computer “sick”: it causes poor performance, crashes, lost files and data, or more.