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The Outlook E-mail Security Update is not available for Microsoft Outlook 97. This article contains information about what to consider if you are using Outlook 97 and you are concerned about e-mail message security.
This section describes how to minimize the security risks that are associated with e-mail message attachments.
NOTE: When you use Outlook 97, you cannot prevent other applications from using the Outlook object model to access your address book information or send e-mail messages on your behalf.
Updates That Are Available for Outlook 97
For information about the previous version of the security update, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
When you use Microsoft Outlook 98 or Microsoft Outlook 2000, you can apply the Outlook E-mail Security Update that provides additional levels of protection against potentially harmful attachments and programmatic access to Outlook. For additional information about the update for Outlook 98 and Outlook 2000, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
262617 OL98: Information About the Outlook E-mail Security Update
262631 OL2000: Information About the Outlook E-mail Security Update
Use Anti Virus Software
The third-party products that are discussed in this article are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.
There are a number of third-party anti virus products that provide various levels of protection against malicious e-mail messages. The following Slipstick Web site provides a list of these products and vendors:
If you cannot use the Outlook E-mail Security Update, Microsoft recommends that you use caution when you open all attachments, even if they are from someone that you know. If you are not expecting an attachment, ask the sender about the attachment before you open it.