Anti-Virus Tools for Outlook

Last reviewed on November 7, 2014   —  2 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

About Diane Poremsky

Diane Poremsky
A Microsoft Outlook Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 1999, Diane is the author of several books, including Outlook 2013 Absolute Beginners Book. She also created video training CDs and online training classes for Microsoft Outlook. You can find her helping people online in Outlook Forums as well as in the Microsoft Answers and TechNet forums.

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2 responses to “Anti-Virus Tools for Outlook”

  1. Joseph King

    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

    1. Diane Poremsky

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

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