Email check

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The email check enables you to scan incoming and outgoing emails and file attachments for viruses and eliminate possible infections at the source. The software can directly delete file attachments or repair infected files if viruses are found.

In Microsoft Outlook email checks are carried out by using a plug-in. This offers the same protection as the POP3/IMAP-orientated protection function in the AntiVirus options. After installing this plug-in, you will find the function Scan folder for viruses in the Outlook menu Tools, with which you can check your mail folders individually for virus contamination.

Incoming mail

In case of an infection: Here you can specify what is supposed to happen if an infected email is discovered. Depending on the purposes for which you are using your computer, different settings apply here. Generally we recommend using the Disinfect (if not possible: delete attachment/text) setting.

Check incoming email: By activating this option, all the emails you receive while you are working on your computer are checked for viruses.

Append report to received, infected mails: When you enable the report option and a virus is found, the warning VIRUS appears in the subject header of the infected email. There is also a message at the beginning of the email text: Warning! This email contains the following virus followed by the virus name and whether the virus has been deleted or whether it was possible to repair the infected file.

Outgoing mails

Check email before sending: The software also allows you to scan your emails for virus infection before you send them, to ensure you do not inadvertently send viruses yourself. If you try to actually send a virus (unintentionally), the message The email [subject header] contains the following virus: [virus name] appears. The mail cannot be sent, and the corresponding email will not be sent.

Scan options

Use engines: The software uses two antivirus engines, two generally independently operating analysis units. In principle, use of both engines should guarantee optimum virus protection results.

OutbreakShield: This option lets you activate the OutbreakShield. With OutbreakShield activated, the software creates checksums of emails, compares these with constantly updated anti-spam blacklists and, as a result, is able to react to a mass-mailing before the relevant virus signatures become available. OutbreakShield uses the Internet to monitor increased volumes of suspicious e-mails, enabling it to close the window between the mass mail outbreak and its containment with specially adapted virus signatures, practically in real time. The OutbreakShield is an integral part of the email virus blocker.


If you do not use the default ports for your email programs, you can enter the port you use for incoming or outgoing email under Server port number. Click on the Default button to automatically restore the default port numbers. You can also enter multiple ports. Separate each of these with a comma.

Microsoft Outlook is protected by a special plug-in that allows you to scan folders and email directly from Outlook. To scan an email or folder for viruses in Outlook, simply select the Tools > Scan folder for viruses command from the Outlook menu bar and the current email folder will be checked.

Since the software processes incoming email before the email program itself, you may get an error message if there is a large quantity of email or the connection is slow. This is because it is not receiving the email data immediately as it is being scanned for viruses by the software. If you check the Avoid mail server timeout box, this type of error message is suppressed and the software will forward the messages to the email program as usual as soon as all the email data has been checked for viruses.