Virus Protection in Outlook Express 6 and Earlier for E-mail Attachments

Published: 20th January 2010
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Internet Explorer 6 and later versions have an 'unsafe' file that is encoded in Shdocvw.dll file. This fie include all the file extensions that might harm your computer in the form of virus. Outlook Express uses this 'unsafe' file list whenever the user tries to open or download an email attachment and thus is prevented from accessing a potentially harming file. The file is called only when 'Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus' option is enabled, which is by default in Outlook Express 6 SP1. The application also checks for 'Confirm open after download' setting in Folder Options to confirm about safety of the file being accessed. However, in earlier versions, there is a fair possibility that virus may enter your computer and damage the DBX files of Outlook Express though attachment, which call for Recover Outlook Express solutions in case of backup unavailability.

Outlook Express versions that are earlier to Outlook Express 6 don't have any functionality that may set against blocking the e-mail attachments. So, user needs a much higher caution when opening an uninvited e-mail attachments. These may contain alarming viruses that may infect the computer and the OE files themselves.

Consider an instance when you receive an e-mail attachment containing virus in Outlook Express 5.5. Without realizing the fact, you accidentally open this attachment. At next start, you find strange symptoms in Outlook Express, including failure to send or receive e-mails, e-mails disappearing from respective folders or inability to view the messages in a folder. This behavior indicates that your Outlook Express file(s), the DBX folders, have got corrupted due to virus infection.

The only solutions to deal with corrupted DBX files under Outlook Express is either to rename or delete the file, proceeded as follows:

1-Determine the Outlook Express folders that show corruption symptoms

2-Close Outlook Express

3-Click 'Start' and then 'Files or Folders' under 'Find' option

4-Type the name of affected folder, followed by '.dbx', such as 'Inbox.dbx'

5-Right-click the file and click 'Rename' or 'Delete'. Rename the file if you opt for 'Rename'

6-Click OK and start Outlook Express

The above solution is valid for causing Outlook Expres to work normally again, but cannot data retrieve from corrupted DBX files. To do so, the only solution to Recover Outlook Express in this respect is to use a third-party utility. These Outlook Express Recovery software can scan and then repair corrupted OE files in a simple and effective manner.

Stellar Phoenix Outlook Express is a reliable tool built with advanced technology to repair damaged DBX files of Outlook Express 5.x and 6.x. The tool can Recover Outlook Express using powerful scanning algorithms that are safe too. The software is compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, and 2000.

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