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Offline mrckmn

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avast e-mail scanner service
« on: February 18, 2005, 05:50:14 PM »
Hello,
I had asked a somewhat similar question a few days ago, but now I have a different question. Right now I'm totally confused about the avast e-mail scanner service feature. I'm using the latest beta version ( 4.6.601 ) , on a computer with windows xp home sp2. Also I have sygate personal firewall ( 5.6 build 2808 ) installed. I don't use any mail program such as outlook express , pegasus, etc. . Just web mail such as gmail, yahoo, etc.. So am I correct in saying that the avast e-mail scanner service doesn't actually do anything for me ? In my list of applications in sygate firewall, I terminated the e-mail scanner service. But when I updated to the latest beta version this morning ( 4.6.601 ) I noticed that the service was listed again in the applications in the firewall, and also in the taskmanager area of running applications. How and why is this possible ? I hope there are plans to add an updated help file that explains more about the e-mail scanner function. I did a search here in the forums, but didn't find the information I was looking for. Thanks so much.

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Re: avast e-mail scanner service
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2005, 06:13:04 PM »
Hi mrckmn,

Avast email scanner does not support webbased mail (as its on a server rather then a client app)
However the avast standard shield and webshield should pick up viruses if they try to initiate in your browser while your reading your webbased mail (hotmail etc).

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But when I updated to the latest beta version this morning ( 4.6.601 ) I noticed that the service was listed again in the applications in the firewall, and also in the taskmanager area of running applications. How and why is this possible ?

When you updated to the latest BETA you reinstalled avast, so the email scanner was re-initiated.

However uninstalling the specific providers should solve this, for this go to control panel>Add/change programs>avast>change/remove>change, then uncheck the email providers that you don't want.

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« Last Edit: February 18, 2005, 06:15:27 PM by lee16 »

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Re: avast e-mail scanner service
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2005, 06:38:33 PM »
Dear lee16,
What you stated makes a lot of sense, and agrees with my thinking about the e-mail scanner function.
Also, you stated:
" When you updated to the latest BETA you reinstalled avast, so the email scanner was re-initiated.

However uninstalling the specific providers should solve this, for this go to control panel>Add/change programs>avast>change/remove>change, then uncheck the email providers that you don't want."
That also made sense, since I posted my original message I went into the on-access protection control area and terminated the internet mail function. When I did that, the e-mail scanner was no longer listed either in my running application in sygate firewall or the windows taskmanager area. I was confused about what you said here:
" However uninstalling the specific providers should solve this, for this go to control panel>Add/change programs>avast>change/remove>change, then uncheck the email providers that you don't want."
I think you might have been talking about the on-access protection control area I mentioned. Thanks so much for a response. Have a great weekend.  :)

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Re: avast e-mail scanner service
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2005, 06:58:13 PM »
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I was confused about what you said here:
" However uninstalling the specific providers should solve this, for this go to control panel>Add/change programs>avast>change/remove>change, then uncheck the email providers that you don't want."

I was talking about removing the email provider, but as you correctly stopped/ terminated it, the there no need.

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Thanks so much for a response. Have a great weekend. 

No problem, have a nice weekend also  ;)

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Re: avast e-mail scanner service
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2005, 11:05:11 PM »
Dear Lee,
I should have tried what you had mentioned in your previous response, I guess that I got the same result by going into the  on-access protection control area  and terminating the internet mail function. I just went into the windows xp control panel, clicked on avast, change /remove tab, and much to my surprise I saw the items you had mentioned there. I clicked on the change tab, and it didn't display anything but a notice that the program had been updated. Hope this makes some sense.
David