Mail shield in free version of Avast?

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My friend has got feedback from people saying she's been sending them one
line emails with a link to a Viagra web site.  Sounds like a virus.

She runs the free version of Avast 6 on Win XP.  

Google can find messages about a Mail Shield in Avast but there is no
option in her Avast Real-Time Shield settings for a Mail Shield.

Is this Mail Shield only for paid versions?

Re: Mail shield in free version of Avast?

Jennie P. wrote:

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No.

The component was either not installed, or was removed from her installation.

Custom Installation of avast! Free Antivirus 6.x
<https://support.avast.com/index.php?_m=knowledgebase&_a=viewarticle&kbarticleid=622

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I think Avira lacks email protection, doesn't it??

What webmail?? I have seen this problem with Yahoo, but not gmail.

Re: Mail shield in free version of Avast?

On 25/11/2011 8:17 AM, baynole wrote:
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You don't need e-mail protection of your shields are set to scan new
files before opening them.  The real dangers these days are social
engineering attacks, eg, phishing. The nasties have adapted tried'n'true
phone-scams to e-mail, and are targeting the same trusting victims, ie,
mostly seniors.

Wolf K.

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On 11/25/2011 7:37 AM, Wolf K wrote:
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Seniors are targeted because they have more money usually than snotty
nosed brats, which have just as many trusting victims as any group of
people. Most of the computers I bail out was the work of kids. Most
seniors I know are more aware than kids. Remember, PCs have been around
since the 80's.

These days, I only bail them out once! At that time, I show them how to
image their systems and protect their data...after that, they are on
their own...with few exceptions.

--
Bear
http://bearware.info

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On 11/25/2011 7:17 AM, baynole wrote:
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Stating a product lacks email protection is not quite correct. Doesn't
scan email prior to download, but does catch malware if the attempt is
made to execute it...not much difference.

--
Bear
http://bearware.info

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If: the messages has her as the sender - I suggest it is one of her friends
machines that is compromised.
They are sending emails from the compromised account, using that address
book as 'sender'..

I recently had to chase down some friends of my daughters who were each
receiving mails from the other...

Turned out a facebook friend in the UK who used Yahoo was 'infiltrated' by a
click-on-me mail virus.

Your friend needs to (with guidance), send all in her addressbook a link to
mbam, MSE and or avira.(in the hope that the offending party does a virus
malware scan),   No harm to mention spywareblaster, and spybot s&d - havent
time to get urls at the moment


Cheers
Tommy


Re: Mail shield in free version of Avast?

Jennie P., When you 'jacked-up' Xnews, you broke it!

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