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Re: Avast quarantining legitimate emails with no chance of restoring
« Reply #15 on: August 01, 2021, 06:32:38 PM »
You're welcome,
Hopefully one of the Avast Team can pick it up now.
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Re: Avast quarantining legitimate emails with no chance of restoring
« Reply #16 on: August 02, 2021, 10:29:25 AM »
Thanks David,  the Support ID is 4AQGR
Hi, I forwarded it, let's see...
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Re: Avast quarantining legitimate emails with no chance of restoring
« Reply #17 on: August 02, 2021, 02:58:50 PM »
According to Avast, the best answer was already provided by DavidR.
https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=290723.msg1642153#msg1642153
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Re: Avast quarantining legitimate emails with no chance of restoring
« Reply #18 on: August 02, 2021, 06:08:55 PM »
According to Avast, the best answer was already provided by DavidR.
https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=290723.msg1642153#msg1642153

Nice of them to notice ;)
What would also be nice would be to put this in their FAQs and/or include in the Mail Shield FAQ, Tutorial.
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Re: Avast quarantining legitimate emails with no chance of restoring
« Reply #19 on: August 03, 2021, 12:12:16 PM »
Hi everyone and thanks for all your input.  I’ve had a response from Avast requesting some further details, which I have provided so just waiting for a follow-up to that.
I would mention that I have got my settings set to ‘Ask’ in all core shields but emails detected with a threat still go straight into quarantine and all I get into my Outlook is notification that the email has been blocked, so unfortunately this wasn’t a solution for me.  I have noticed that the emails that are blocked on the PC do come into my ipad without problem, but I don’t have Avast on there.  I have also got my settings in Outlook to leave a copy of the mail on the server webmail (Bt) so I am able to get around the problem  if it’s a false positive.  I have tried receiving  the affected mail on another old redundant client software that I have  - which is Windows Live Mail – and still get the same results of being unable to retrieve from quarantine.  Maybe its just something I’ll have to live with if the retrieving of quarantined mail is not possible when using my client software Outlook 365.

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Re: Avast quarantining legitimate emails with no chance of restoring
« Reply #20 on: August 03, 2021, 06:27:13 PM »
Hi,
Someone said on the French forum that the "Avast MS Outlook Plugin" toolbar allows to manage emails before the avast mail shield quarantines them.
But, I don't use it and this person is having problems with this plugin since the last windows update.
https://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=291854.msg1642024#msg1642024

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Re: Avast quarantining legitimate emails with no chance of restoring
« Reply #21 on: August 03, 2021, 07:29:41 PM »
Thanks for that info from the French Forum, I’ve had a look at the discussion and must admit I’m totally unfamiliar with the Outlook Plug-in for Avast – didn’t even know it existed and at present wouldn’t know where to find it - so will need to investigate further.  It would appear from reading  this particular discussion on the French Forum that there is certainly a problem with Avast causing quite a few different ‘ False Positives’ and I think the ball is firmly in their court on this particular aspect of the problem. I have been using PC’s since they first became available  to the general public and can’t ever recall a ‘real virus’ entering my PC, I’ve only ever had False Positives and always been able to deal with them by releasing from quarantine, and I started using Outlook Express, then Windows live mail, then Outlook stand-alone and now Outlook 365 so it’s strange that this problem has suddenly reared it’s head, a shame when I’ve used Avast for as long as I can remember and always recommended to friends and colleagues.

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Re: Avast quarantining legitimate emails with no chance of restoring
« Reply #22 on: August 03, 2021, 07:41:24 PM »
Just found the Pug-in and it is active but it would appear Avast no longer use this plug-in.

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Re: Avast quarantining legitimate emails with no chance of restoring
« Reply #23 on: August 03, 2021, 10:10:06 PM »
Hi,

I'm sorry you're having trouble with avast. Can you please provide the Alert ID, which you can find in the bottom left corner of the detection dialog if it reappears?

Thank you in advance,
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Re: Avast quarantining legitimate emails with no chance of restoring
« Reply #24 on: August 03, 2021, 10:15:12 PM »
Just found the Pug-in and it is active but it would appear Avast no longer use this plug-in.
I couldn't be more helpful on this plugin that I don't use.
The member there seems to say that his problem is recent, and I don't know if it's avast or Outlook that doesn't use this plugin anymore or if it's a MS bug with the toolbar.

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Re: Avast quarantining legitimate emails with no chance of restoring
« Reply #25 on: August 03, 2021, 11:36:33 PM »
Hi HK

Alert ID for most recent 'Threat secured' notification is fbcc292a79d5

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Re: Avast quarantining legitimate emails with no chance of restoring
« Reply #26 on: August 04, 2021, 02:31:47 PM »
Thanks a lot for the Alert ID, the detection was false positive and should not appear again. Please accept my apology for the trouble the mailshield has caused you.

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Re: Avast quarantining legitimate emails with no chance of restoring
« Reply #27 on: August 04, 2021, 04:21:29 PM »
Thanks HK for fixing the false positive issue.   Am I to assume that I'll have to live with the other issue of being unable to recover quarantined mail due to the link between Avast and Outlook 365?

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Re: Avast quarantining legitimate emails with no chance of restoring
« Reply #28 on: August 05, 2021, 09:16:26 AM »
In general, the Mail Shield works on network level - so the quarantined email cannot be put "back" so that the email client would receive it (again). It may be different in case of Outlook plugin, but it's still not possible to put the mail back into the mailbox.
So, the "Restore" option won't work.

You can try to "Extract" option though - it should copy the quarantined file into the folder of your choice. Now I'm not sure what file exactly it's gonna be - if it's the actual email (body and the rest), try renaming the file to .eml extension - maybe the email client would be able to open it then?

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Re: Avast quarantining legitimate emails with no chance of restoring
« Reply #29 on: August 05, 2021, 04:30:07 PM »
Hi Igor.  Thanks for the tip.  I wasn't able to read the extracted file in either 'Notepad' or 'Word Pad' nor by adding the extension of .eml to the file, but, it does open perfectly in MS Word, so this does get around the problem of not being able to restore back into Outlook.  So anyone else out there reading this who has the same issue and wants to read their email that's in Quarantine, just extract the file and add the extension .doc or .docx and the file opens and is perfectly readable in MS Word.