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Attachments are an open door for viruses. This is how we receive files from the internet. It probably doesn't pay to become anxious-Andy over viral issues pertaining to your computer, but it does pay to pay attention. You have to know that you feel comfortable opening this program. You probably got it from someone you trust. 

If you don't know this then it's kind of like your computer playing Russian Roulette except there are probably more chambers than six. The odds are pretty good that things will be all right. But remember Murphy, oh Murphy! The watcher at the gate only has to be missing that one time. BAM! We got snagged. We don't want that.

Below is an example of how to handle attachments in Netscape Messenger and Outlook Express.

Netscape Messenger

Outlook Express