Avast! is an antivirus program that can provide identity protection online, protection against malicious software and e-mail spam protection. Avast! offers a free version of its antivirus as well as two paid antivirus programs, which are more customisable and offer greater security options. The email protection in Avast! can sometimes prevent you from opening or saving e-mail attachments, but it only takes a few minutes to set Avast! to accept attachments in your e-mail.
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Open Outlook Express. Wait until your program opens fully before moving to the next step.
Click on "Tools" at the top in the menu choices. "Tools" is generally between "Go" and "Action." It will drop down another list of choices from which to choose. Alternately, you can hold down the "Alt" button and press the letter "T" to access this menu.
Select "Options" from the list of choices in the Tools menu. The Options window will open with tabs listed across the top. The keyboard strokes for opening the "Options" menu are holding down the "Alt" button and pressing the letter "O."
Choose "Security" from the tabs at the top and then uncheck the box beside "Do not allow attachments to be saved that could potentially be a virus." Then select "OK" to close the window.
Open your Avast! program by clicking on the small blue ball with an "A" in the bottom-right corner of your screen. This will bring up program options and customisations.
Select "Real Time Shields" from the menu to the left. One of the shields is an e-mail shield, which automatically scans incoming e-mail and will prevent any e-mail that it sees as a threat from coming through.
Click "Off" on the Mail Shield selection and choose "OK" to return to the main menu. Even if you only turn one shield off, the "Real Time Shields" indicator will show "Off" as well.
Tips and warnings
- Always save e-mail attachments to your computer and run a virus scan on them before opening.
- Always be careful when running with e-mail protection disabled as it does leave your computer more susceptible to viruses. Never open e-mail attachments directly from your e-mail, even if you know the sender. Your friends and family could have forwarded you a virus through e-mail without realising it.
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