January 18, 2005

Outlook finally virus free

I can't begin to describe how happy this exquisite dialog made me feel this morning.  I was synchronizing my Nokia 6620 with Outlook (more on this phone very soon) and I was wondering why the process was taking so long, until I realized that Outlook was waiting for me to grant access to my address book.

It's taken a while, but I have to chalk this up to Microsoft.  Now, if only Windows required a password before installing any new application, I could finally ditch all my anti-junkware programs (and if you are an Apple fan and you want to point out that MacOS already does this, please don't).

Posted by cedric at January 18, 2005 06:28 AM

On a somewhat related note, Windows is very frustrating for me because I have small children. Many of the kids' programs are very poorly written and will not work when executed under my 5-year old's restricted account. It is scary letting him run his games as an administrator, but that seems to be a requirement for some of his games.

Posted by: Eric M. Burke at January 18, 2005 07:30 AM

OS X doesn't need to do it because there are no viruses. :D

Posted by: Bob Lee at January 18, 2005 08:23 AM


Posted by: Chakra at January 18, 2005 08:27 AM

OS X also has few apps.

Posted by: Tod at January 18, 2005 09:49 AM

My OS X system has some spyware and viruses, fortunately they are all inside my VirtualPC installation and stored away in Mail.app folders just in case someone makes me angry.

Posted by: Sam Pullara at January 18, 2005 01:41 PM


Why using Outlook?
do you like problems?

Posted by: at January 19, 2005 08:19 AM

OS X already DOES prompt you to install apps. How's the view from back there in the 90s?

Posted by: MacZealot at January 19, 2005 01:26 PM

This feature's been in Outlook for quite a while now. I recall being confronted by this dialog about a year ago.

Posted by: Sri Sankaran at January 20, 2005 10:38 AM

There is something called outlook redemption which if installed can bypass the outlook security check:


It is intended for genuine programs which need to access outlook objects (I used it a while ago for an Outlook SMS plugin), but I guess it could be hijacked for nefarious purposes... so maybe dont bin your anti-junkware just yet.

Posted by: Richard at January 22, 2005 03:53 PM
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