Windows Mail and antivirus programs

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Mail' started by Lindsay Graham, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. I've seen a number of posts saying that there is an incompatibility between
    Vista and some antivirus programs, particularly McAfee and Norton.

    I use Vet (now CA) and AVG [on 2 different computers] -- are there any known
    issues with these two programs and Vista?

    I always had email scanning turned off with Outlook Express because I've
    noted the oft-repeated warnings about possible corruption of the OE message
    store caused by email scanning. Is this still an issue with Windows Mail or
    is it OK to turn email scanning on?

    Lindsay Graham
    Canberra, Australia
    Lindsay Graham, Oct 25, 2007
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  2. Lindsay Graham

    Barry Haigh Guest

    I am running CA without any problems. Knock on wood :>)
    Barry Haigh, Oct 25, 2007
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  3. Lindsay Graham

    Delboy Guest

    I am running AVG Free (latest version) with Email scanning turned on with no
    problems. (touch wood & whistle)

    I have noted many folks advising that Email scanners be disenabled, but not
    the reasons.

    Vista Home Premium



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    Delboy, Oct 25, 2007
  4. Lindsay Graham

    brink Guest

    Hi Delboy,

    Windows Mail has a very sensitive message store. These scanning options
    in antivirus programs can corrupt Windows Mail entire message folder, or
    the entire message store, when it attempts to remove a message
    containing a potential virus.



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    brink, Oct 25, 2007
  5. Email scanning should be turned off in any anti-virus. Also exclude EML
    files from the scan. It provides no
    protection not provided by the regular resident protection. This is true
    with ANY email program.
    Frank Saunders MS-MVP IE,OE/WM, Oct 25, 2007
  6. Both CA and AVG antivirus are compatible with Windows Mail.
    Email scanning should be turned off for the reasons stated here:

    Gary VanderMolen [MS-MVP WLM]

    Gary VanderMolen, Oct 26, 2007
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