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Chapter 5. Using Virex > Scanning Attachments in Mail

5.3. Scanning Attachments in Mail

The easiest way for a virus to land on your computer is as a Trojan horse, typically in the way of an email attachment. By Trojan horse, we mean that the virus is introduced to your computer in what would otherwise be a harmless way. Some viruses are embedded as macros in Microsoft Office files since they're the easiest to exploit.

If a friend of yours forwards an email attachment to you, and you are unsure of its origin, you should always scan that file for a virus before opening or double-clicking it. With Virex installed on your Mac, however, this process can be really easy, particularly if you're using Mail.app.


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