Links in e-mail messages and newsgroup articles can refer to attached files other than photos, such as .WAV (sound) or .AVI (video) files. When you click one of these, the e-mail or news program starts a program on your computer than can display or play the file. If that doesn't happen, you set the e-mail or news program to make certain types of files always appear in a certain program. You can do that with most news or e-mail programs, but the only instructions we have handy here in the ol' primer are for Netscape:
If you click on a link for a file type not associated with a program, you're usually given the option of saving the file to a disk. You can open the file with the appropriate program immediately, or you can wait until you're offline.
Caution: Be careful about downloading a file attached to an article. You potentially could bring a virus into your computer. A virus is a destructive program created by unscrupulous computer hackers, and it could damage your programs and files. It's a wise precaution to scan everything you download with a virus scan program.
Main Newsgroup/Usenet Page
Main FAQ Page
Main Internet Primer Page
Bob Fahey's Home Page