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.
The personal and server tools in this section are specifically designed to examine incoming e-mail for viruses, with the tools on this page designed to assist you in working around or avoiding problems with attachments and the Attachment security update. 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.
Anti-virus Tools for Outlook - antivirus tools for use with Outlook. This includes tools for personal use.
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.
Use Advanced Security for Outlook to learn what programs are trying to access Outlook and permanently allow or deny access to the program and the next time it requests access, the action you choose will be automatically executed and Outlook Security will not annoy you with messages about trying to access e-mail addresses you have stored in Outlook. Freeware, available in English, German and Russian. Advanced Security is fully compatible with Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit editions) and Microsoft Office 2013 (32-bit editions only). The programs button is available on the ribbon in Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2013.
COM add-in by Outlook MVP Ken Slovak that adds an Attachment Security Options page to the Tools, Options dialog in Outlook 2000 SP3 or higher to allow you to manage which file attachments are blocked. New version adds support for the .gadget extension for Outlook 2003 SP3 and Outlook 2007 SP1. It also adds detection for those SP levels. Shareware. Version 1.9.6
"Outlook blocked access to the following potentially unsafe attachment ..." If you get this message when attempting to access an Outlook email attachment you'll want to install Attachment Security for Outlook; a free program for unlocking attachments blocked by Outlook. Attachment Security for Microsoft Outlook is a free and easy to use software program that allows you to open attachments blocked by Microsoft Outlook e-mail security.
Use CodeTwo Attach Unblocker to configure Microsoft Outlook to allow the openig of the attachments blocked by default (for example, .exe, .url, .reg). The program is an Outlook extension; its settings are available at the property sheet in the Outlook options, which ensures quick and convenient editing. Supports all versions of Outlook, including Outlook 2010 64-bit
CodeTwo Outlook WarningDoctor removes the security warnings that appear when sending mail or performing other actions recognized by Microsoft as a "risky" (for example, when you try to read some data using the Outlook or CDO API #. Especially useful for designers of macros, Visual Basic, and programmers of other scripting languages that use the object model.Outlook 2000 and up, including Outlook 2010 64bit.
Messageware AttachView provides OWA users with secure access to email attachments by converting them into secure web pages and extending WebReady viewing to 400+ file types. It gives Exchange Administrators control over security settings such as the ability to view/open/print/save documents to prevent data exposure. It gives OWA users advanced features like the ability to view files without the native applications, view track changes, rotate/zoom images, and use hyperlinked tables of contents.
Free tool for setting up how Microsoft Outlook block (or not) e-mail attachments. Get rid of the message "Outlook blocked access to the following potentially unsafe attachments". Beta
Developers can use this to avoid the security prompts in Outlook.
Integrates with Exchange Server and allows you to set central email attachment policies that automatically send email attachments that meet conditions via managed file transfer, removing the email attachment and replacing it with a secure download link. Benefits: large email attachments no longer get blocked, files are sent encrypted, and senders receive reliable delivery notifications. Policy Patrol works at Exchange Server level; no client software is needed and any email client is supported.
- Content Control Tools
- Protecting Microsoft Outlook against Viruses -- comprehensive list of patches and settings
- GFI Email Security Testing Zone -- free vulnerability tests
- (.NET Magazine)
- XADM Calendar Items Disappear from User's Folders -- Do not use a file-level anti-virus program scan the Exchange 2000 M: drive.
Microsoft Anti-virus API:
- Microsoft Introduces New Antispam, Antivirus Features In Exchange Server 2003
- XGEN Microsoft's Position on Antivirus Solutions for Exchange 2000
- XADM Autoforward Rules May Be Disabled When Using Antivirus API
- XADM Event Logging in Exchange 2000 Server SP1 for Virus Scanning API 2.0
- XADM MAPI Tasks Do Not Work with Virus API Anti-Virus Software Running on the Exchange Server Computer