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


  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?

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