The email today in your inbox is from your long time friend Charlie. He writes
This email may have a virus. The picture in this email represents a file that may be executable. By double/single clicking on the icon you might execute a progam that will cause harm to your computer.
But why would such a good friend do this to you? Well it wasn't really Charlie's fault. This email has a virus because Charlie's computer was infected. This virus replicates by going through Charlie's contact list which includes your email address :( and emails everyone on that list with a copy of itself infecting other computers.
Here are some tips to determine whether or not you can open a file from an E-Mail.
- Scan your email with a virus scanner. If the scan is not clean then obviously delete the E-Mail.
- If the E-Mail is from someone you know and you were not expecting to get a file, call the person up or email them and ask if the file attached was created by a trusted source. If they don't know then do not open.
- If the email is from someone you do not know then it is better to side on caution and not open it