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Is an EML file a virus?

I received an e-mail from a friend with an attachment that had a .EML suffix. Is this likely to be a virus? If not, what software should I use to open the file?

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It is no more likely to be a virus than any other attachment you may receive. File extensions do not reliably indicate the content.

Normally, a file with EML as the extension is related to Outlook Express stationery or simply saved messages created in Outlook Express.

I'd use a text editor to open it, if I was curious. You may want to ask your friend first of all why he sent it to you.

For more information on this topic, visit these other SearchSecurity resources:
Virus Prevention Tip: Fear no attachments
Virus Prevention Tip: Recognizing funny e-mails

This was first published in March 2002

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