I quite often receive suspicious emails that appear to have attachments embedded in them (like GIFs, or other files.)
I assume these might well be viruses, or other malicious code.
Up to now, I have sometimes looked at the contents of these emails by doing the following (in Outlook Express): right-click on the email, select 'Properties' from the drop-down menu, select the 'Details' tab on the pop-up window, and then click the 'Message Source' button.
This displays the full contents of the email as a kind of HTML text file.
I've been doing this on the assumption that it is safe to do so, because any attachments incorporated in the email are not (as far as I'm aware) opened when you do this - they just appear as code.
But now I'm wondering if it's actually safe to do this?
Is it safe to open the 'Message Source' of emails which are potentially infected with viruses?
Or is there some risk involved?
Thanks in advance for your help.