Readers Questions Part 5

Once again I’ll take the take out this week to help out with any problems that my readers have been experiencing.

I’m using Windows 98 with Outlook Express 5 and from time to time I receive e-mails that include an invitation to reply to the sender to acknowledge that I’ve received their e-mail.I usually select to send the reply and think no more about it.About 3 or 4 weeks ago this happened and found that the reply I didn’t even realise I’d opted to send couldn’t be delivered by my ISP (Freeserve).On the first day I received the following message 17 times at various times during the day - “A message that you sent could not be delivered to one or more of its recipients.This is a permanent error, the following address failed – message failed because it has an apparently executable attachment “Readme MP3.scr”.This is a virus prevention measure, if you meant to send this file then please package it up as a zip file and resend it.”

As far as I’m aware, I was only replying to the e-mail address of a friend and no other address.Is this some sort of virus or a fault in my computer?I have no virus prevention measures installed and the same thing has now happened again with a different recipient and I’m not sure what to do, can you help please?

Eric (Surname supplied), Paignton.

This problem baffles me somewhat, so I’m going to make up a hypothetical situation that I believe may have occurred although if any readers have a better explanation then please let me know.I don’t believe that the e-mail you received is a result of you sending a delivery report to your friend although it could potentially be the work of a virus.

Many viruses now pick up addresses of individuals and companies from your computer and then attempt to e-mail themselves with the idea being that because the file is from a friendly source.I checked out the site you mentioned to see if there was any explanation as to why the virus would attempt to e-mail itself to that address and also the Internet to see if there was mentions of that particular address being used by a virus and could find nothing.I believe it is possible that even if you have no knowledge of this address even being on your computer that the virus just created it randomly.The servers of this site blocked the file not because it is a virus but rather the fact since it is executable, it COULD potentially be one.

I would suggest doing a complete virus check either by downloading the rather good and free AVG Anti-virus software from or by doing one online free of charge from just to be on the safe side although it is possible that the above hypothesis I’ve made is incorrect so please let me know how you get along.

Dear Chris,

In Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002, I find that the scenery is not very distinct. In particular, concrete often gradually becomes grass when I taxi off the runway and yellow lines either disappear or are ‘Wavy’. These symptoms are not present on the runway itself. Altering Options/Display configurations or changing my Graphics card doesn’t seem to help.I am informed that my graphics card is an ‘On Board’ SIS 3D Savage Pro with 32 Mg RAM.

Seán Talbot

I’ve searched the Microsoft Knowledge Base for mentions of the problems you’re experiencing and there is nothing associated with your particular graphics card but this doesn’t mean that it’s not a fault that hasn’t been picked up by the graphics chip manufacturer.Since you’re using an onboard graphics chip I recommend that you obtain the latest video card drivers from your motherboard manufacturer and also ensure that you’re using the latest DirectX drivers by checking and I’m confident this should resolve your problem.

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