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Forget Magaluf, Airmiles can take you to email hell

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Now that Netscape is no longer (following its demise by AOL a couple of weeks ago) we still have (excellent) browsers Mozilla and Opera - but most of us will continue using the Evil Empire's Internet Explorer simply because it's there and doesn't cost anything. Flabby reasons for staying with a flabby bit of software, but there you are.

The other day I had an email from the Airmiles people headed 'Where could your credit card take you?', a dodgy subject heading if ever there was one.

Put the cursor anywhere near this and up pops a security alert box with the options of proceeding, not proceeding or viewing a certificate. Don't ask. If you try to move the box out of the way it obliges by moving a duplicate wherever you want it but leaves the original in position, still obscuring everything.

This is when you discover that clicking on any of the three above alternatives or even hitting the X at the top right corner result in zilch. The only solution is an Alt Ctrl Del and an End Task and the message disappears.

Trouble is that Outlook Express disappears as well. No it isn't a virus, just very badly written email code which has to be killed because the alert box pops up whenever you so much as glance at it.

The crude solution is to go into Outlook Express, hit Tools, then Message Rules and then Mail. Hit New and up comes a set of conditions for receiving emails. Tick the box next to 'where the message body contains specific words'with another tick against 'delete it' in the section below. Then click on the highlighted 'contains specific words'and enter 'credit card'.

Back at the Mail Rules menu hit 'apply now'and the fiendish message disappears from your Inbox. Only trouble is that it is actually moved to the Deleted Items box, where you have to do the same again.

I am thinking of ways of making life extremely unpleasant for the Airmiles idiot who caused all the bother.

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