Check my signature. As you can see, I run avast without the Mail Shield. Experts elsewhere tell me it's redundant because the File Shield will catch viruses in Outlook Express mail that try to activate.
I hate to contradict your other experts, but the file shield may not detect what the Mail Shield can, I guess that they don't know just what the mail shield can do. What you do on your system is entirely up to you.@ dan633
The Mail Shield may give you your first indication that you have an hidden/undetected trojan spambot sending out spam from your system (it doesn't even have to be using your email client, it can use its own SMTP routine).
So far from stopping the Mail Shield I would suggest that you set the Mail Shield, Expert Settings, Sensitivity, Heuristic Sensitivity to High. I don't know why you are still using avast 6 as less of the people helping here can help as they won't have been using avast 6 for almost 6 months (and we forget the old settings).
I think that if you haven't had any problems in the past sending email with these settings in OE6 then your outbound email for that account wasn't being scanned as for secure encrypted email traffic can't be scanned.####
You have two choices really, and here is where the avast6 memory is hazy:
1. From the Mail Shield, Expert Settings, SSL Accounts, uncheck the Automatically detect about unprotected SSL connections (I don't know if that option was in avast6).
2. Allow avast to handle the secure connection side of the connection and sending of the SSL email - this will require you change the account settings in OE6, see ~~~~ below.~~~~
- avast! 6.x, 7.x: SSL Problems The Mail Shield may not scan some e-mails - see https://support.avast.com/index.php?_m=knowledgebase&_a=viewarticle&kbarticleid=842
. Whilst this is an old article and mentions avast6 it is relevant for avast7 also.