Windows Live Mail is an email client program that you can find with Microsoft’s Windows Essentials. This email application allows you to configure email accounts that will in turn help users avoid launching browsers each time and logging into the internet account whenever you want to access emails. By configuring emails in the program, you simply need to launch it and the emails would automatically be received in the program. Another advantage of this program is that you can acquire the best visual experience with each email due to the program’s support for HTML.
Now, there is a danger of enabling HTML and hyperlinks in the program. One of the easiest and simplest forms by which viruses spread is through some links in the emails. If the emails you receive from a malicious source do have virus links, they would remain active when the hyperlinks are enabled in the program. The major threat is that if you click these links unknowingly, the hyperlink would take you to a malicious website from where your computer could be easily infected with viruses. Therefore, if you receive large number of similar emails, it is advisable to disable hyperlinks and HTML features so that you could reduce virus threats to minimum.
In this post, we will find out how to disable these features. Let us go through the steps involved in this process below.
According to Windows Live help center, you can disable HTML features and hyperlinks with a few steps.
- Open the Start menu of the operating system and click the option All Programs.
- Locate and select Windows Live Essentials from the list of programs.
- Once you place the cursor over Windows Live Essentials, you will find a new menu opened that includes Windows Live Essentials programs.
- Click Windows Live Mail from this list.
- When the Windows Live Essentials program comes up, choose the menu button in the program. Another alternative is to use the shortcut keys Alt and M together.
- From the different sections available, click Options.
- Go to the tab Read.
- Under the heading Reading Messages, mark the option Read all messages in plain text.
- Choose the option OK.
You may also edit the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail\mail\Message Read HTML. Set this value to 0 for plain text. However, according to Windows Live help center, it should be carried out only if you are an expert user.