Susan is your significant other, I presume?
Indeed she is quite wise. Using a browser to obtain your mail (usually your DSL provider will allow use of one) may not have all of the bells and whistles that Outlook has, but it will pretty much knock out almost all of the viruses that come from spoofing or forging.
By the way:
Have you tried Thunderbird by Mozilla?
Also, Outlook has a web client if you are using Exchange, so if you use Outlook at work, ask your System Admin (Unless that's you!
) To show you where it lives.
Here are some other good, free email clients:
There are zillions of alternatives to Outlook.
Just look on the web.
Which one is right for you?