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Hello, All!

Whets the pro's/con's to scanning email?

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Pro = there is a very slight outside chance that a malware exploit that
attacks through the e-mail client itself will be stopped prior to
reaching any vulnerable code.

Con = it adds unnecessary overhead with too little to gain.

It can can cause delays that affect services (such as server time-outs
and possibly other race conditions) when it takes too long to scan an
item. The very slight chance above, would also apply to the scanner
software now that *it* is the software directly exposed to the incoming
data then *it* also has the slight outside chance that malware could be
written to exploit *it*.




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You forgot about the possibility of mailbox corruptions issues. Several
have been documented in the past with outlook/express and various
ANtivirus wanting to scan the email files...


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I didn't forget, I just neglected to mention it specifically. :o)



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bughunter.dustin@gmail.com says...
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I've used Outlook as an email client for more than a decade, always had
email scanning enabled, and never had an issue with it. We have
thousands of systems using outlook (never used OE) and scan email at the
local client level as well as the servers/firewall, never had a corrupt
Outlook.

Yes, I know that it happens, but I believe it's happening when a person
uses a crappy AV solution and their machine is already screwed.

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Hello, Leythos!

You wrote on Wed, 18 Aug 2010 08:06:58 -0400:

 L> I've used Outlook as an email client for more than a decade, always had
 L> email scanning enabled, and never had an issue with it. We have

Me too... well may not a /decade/

I'm not that old, I've decided  to keep email scanning enabled. :)

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erratic@nomail.afraid.org says...
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I disagree with your CON - I've seen hundreds of computers that are
infected with email bots that, if a proper AV solution was installed and
updated, the malware would not have been able to email itself to others.

Additionally, we install firewall appliances that scan email inbound and
outbound for malware, before they reach the users computers, to remove
it.

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voice inside you that most civilians don't even hear -- Listen to that.  
Trust yourself.
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