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Avast! notice in email missing
« on: August 04, 2012, 06:54:44 PM »
How do I get Avast! to insert notice in incoming and outgoing emails?
I using Windows Live Mail, Avast! ver. 7.0.1456

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Avast! notice in email missing
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2012, 07:25:30 PM »
How do I get Avast! to insert notice in incoming and outgoing emails?
I using Windows Live Mail, Avast! ver. 7.0.1456

Thanks in advance.

That feature has been removed from avast as of the last program update.

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Re: Avast! notice in email missing
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2012, 07:32:42 PM »
Thank you for the reply. I liked that feature. What was the reason for removal?

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Re: Avast! notice in email missing
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2012, 07:34:06 PM »
The 'Insert Note into Clean Message' Option - This option is greatly depreciated in that it is easy to fake and these fake 'email scanned by XXXX (insert AV of choice) and found to be clean have been used in malicious emails in the past and who trusts that anyway, I certainly don't.

Why is it needed when if an inbound email is infected avast will alert, brand the email Subject and remove any infected attachment, etc. For outbound email it too would alert if infected/suspicious, etc. the only real benefit is promotion of avast. Who trusts it if the message is from other AVs, so why would they trust it is from avast!.

It really doesn't bring anything additional in the way of security, potentially the reverse as opening an email could actually initiate a remote attack. So looking inside an email for a clean note could potentially put you at more risk, it certainly isn't something I would rely on.

As an avast user (who previously used the outbound clean note to promote avast) I believe that the above comments are why avast! took the decision to end this option. Not to mention that in some email clients (Incredimail I believe) this option wasn't completely compatible.
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Re: Avast! notice in email missing
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2012, 07:50:50 PM »
I'm confused. You are not talking about the attached screen capture.

What are you talking about?

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Re: Avast! notice in email missing
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2012, 08:36:02 PM »
This is only one of two instances of this that I have seen in the forums since the change of policy on this (not even sure that yours wasn't also the other). But the option isn't available to be able to set this in the latest versions.

I don't know if you had this previously set and just done a program update, not a clean install and somehow (and I don't know how) this has been retained from your previous program version.
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Re: Avast! notice in email missing
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2012, 08:43:21 PM »
AIS was installed on this brand new i5 computer which I built on May 31 of this year. Of course, it was a clean install.

SO it's not supposed to be there.

I was hesitant in posting but had to satisfy my curiosity.

Personally, I like the message.

Oh well.

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Re: Avast! notice in email missing
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2012, 08:52:40 PM »
Earlier version of avast 7 did have it, I can't recall which version removed it, possibly 7.0.1426 or the latest version. So if your installation pre-dated that perhaps that is why.
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Re: Avast! notice in email missing
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2012, 08:59:50 PM »
No,I'm sure it was 1456 and I do not see the place to set it up.
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Re: Avast! notice in email missing
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2012, 09:14:09 PM »
Here you go.

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Re: Avast! notice in email missing
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2012, 11:35:03 PM »
Well 7.0.1456 wasn't released until 3 July 2012, Version 7.0.1451 on 28 June 2012 they post date your installation in May and would have been Version 7.0.1426 released on 7 March 2012.

I'm not questioning what version you have now, but the one you installed in May, if that still had the 'Insert Note into Clean Message' option and you enabled it, then that is the only possibility I can think of that might have been carried forward on subsequent program updates.

That said though, I honestly can't see how that would work as the associated .html and .txt files used for the insertion of these messages would also need to be present.
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Re: Avast! notice in email missing
« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2012, 11:43:41 PM »
Thanks for the information.

So, I installed 1426 and somehow at least a piece of it remained when the other two updates were installed.

I have 5 computers  now and all have AIS installed. I'll have to crank up a couple of them this afternoon and see what has happened. Every since I built my Windows 7 machine, the others don't see much use. :(

I'll get back.

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Re: Avast! notice in email missing
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2012, 12:06:10 AM »
Tried 2 computers.

First one did not have the message and the second one did.

I'm sure that will change when the next update comes up.
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Re: Avast! notice in email missing
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2012, 12:31:04 AM »
Thanks for the information.

So, I installed 1426 and somehow at least a piece of it remained when the other two updates were installed.
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That is the only thing that I can think of and even then I have a very hard time getting my head around how that would be possible. I just wonder if there happens to be a modification in the C:\ProgramData\AVAST Software\Avast\EmailShield.ini file to take account of the insert note option. But even then it has to have the associated .txt/.html files, which I found in the avast\1033 folder, see image. So all that would be needed are the associated mail shield setting entries (if saved from an earlier avast version).
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Re: Avast! notice in email missing
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2012, 12:38:56 AM »
Interesting.

Oh well, I didn't modify it. I would never mess with my favorite antivirus program and wouldn't know how to do it anyway.

I'm sorry we lost that message.

Several months ago I tried several antivirus programs to see if they would put a message on my emails. They wouldn't. Seems like they are looking for Microsoft type email. Mine is not. I use Postbox.

Thanks for your efforts, David.
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