Managing spam emails - avoiding web bugs etc


I have recently started using Outlook 2k3 and have a couple of questions 
about handling spam emails.

I know you can just right-click on the Junk folder and delete all the 
messages inside. But, I like to at least preview the message list in the Junk 
folder before deleting everything, so that I can make sure that messages I 
want aren't being misdirected there and deleted by mistake. 

I know that often, just opening a spam email will activate an invisible "web 
bug" in web-based email that alerts the spammer that you've opened their 
message, and then they send you even more of their crap.

My questions:
1. Is it possible, when previewing a message list in Outlook, to click 
on/select individual messages in the list to delete them, but NOT open them 
in the preview pane when you click on/select them?  

2. Does opening a message in Outlook activate a web bug just like opening 
the same message from a web-based email inbox would? I suspect it does only 
because after "opening" (by clicking on it in the message list) one spam, I'm 
now getting at least 8 to 10 messages per day from what looks like the same 


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On Mon, 16 May 2005 19:29:25 -1000, Catti  
<> wrote:

> I know that often, just opening a spam email will activate an invisible  
> "web
> bug" in web-based email that alerts the spammer that you've opened their
> message, and then they send you even more of their crap.

Outlook 2K3 doesn't load web bugs by default.  It doesn't download any web  
content unless you explicitly tell it to (or unless the sender is on your  
safe senders list; in which case their message wouldn't be in the Junk  
E-mail folder)

Ben M. Schorr, MVP-OneNote/Outlook
Operations Coordinator
Stockholm/KSG - Honolulu
Microsoft OneNote FAQ:
bens1 (1425)
5/17/2005 7:28:44 AM

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