Last reviewed on November 7, 2014   —  4 Comments

Best practice for preventing virus infection is to never open an attachment from someone you don’t know. It’s a good idea to scan attachments even from known senders, especially if it’s not a file you asked to receive or the cover note is suspicious.

These tools are specifically designed to examine incoming e-mail for viruses.

The Attachment Security update prevents Outlook users from launching files directly from e-mail messages. Outlook 98 and 2000 users should make sure that they have the latest updates affecting HTML mail.

Additional tools can be found on the following pages:

Anti-virus Tools for Attachment Security – tools specific to attachments, including easy access to the blocked attachment settings.

Anti-virus Tools for Exchange server – tools for use at the server level, for Exchange and other email servers.

For information on specific viruses, see Viruses Affecting Microsoft Outlook.

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It is an easy-to-use Microsoft Outlook add-on designed to provide an advanced intelligent protection against junk-mails, viruses, unsolicited emails. The program uses Bayesian filtering technology that identifies about 99% of incoming junk messages. QMailFilter seamlessly integrates into the MS Outlook, scanning all incoming emails. Emails identified as junk are moved to the Junk Email folder.

AVG Anti-Virus System

Scans system files and Outlook e-mail messages and attachments for viruses. Can also append a signature to mark that an outgoing message has been scanned for viruses and found clean. Free edition available.

Email Sentinel Pro

Email Sentinel Pro is an prevention email anti-virus that blocks viruses from invading your computer by email. Version 2.7


  1. Joseph King says

    Ms Poremsky- I wonder if you have any idea of this weird problem. I am getting porno messages on Outlook that I do not get in Webmail. So I know it is not from my email account but somehow Outlook is letting these in. It is very weird. I include a link to what is says in the email- It is really awful as when I use Outlook I get a ton of these messages and the Junk Mail does not pick it up. Thank you

    • Diane Poremsky says

      Are they in the inbox or in the social connector window under messages? Do you have more than one email account configured in outlook?

  2. Robert Bitner says

    We have been using Codebox Bitmeter to monitor my internet traffic.
    Originally because our bandwidth is limited by Satellite internet contract.
    Sometimes when we boot Outlook 2007 / Outlook connector, I notice a substantial outgoing data bleed, even though we are not sending or receiving E-Mail traffic.
    My interpretation is that this must be some kind of hijack.
    We installed MS Network Monitor 3.4 to determine where this data was going and found a few IP addresses which we could not identify.
    One IP Address was an Amazon Cloud Storage which we have no knowledge of! Any ideas how Outlook 2007 with Internet Connector might be hijacked?

    • Diane PoremskyDiane Poremsky says

      I don't think Outlook was hijacked. Any idea what the traffic is? Are you using an online backup utility?

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