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How To Enable / Disable Outlook Express Attachment Protection


Recently, Microsoft Security updates to Outlook and Outlook Express have caused users to receive an "unsafe attachments" message (similar to the one below) when they try to open certain attachments in their e-mail, to help prevent virus and MalwareMalwarebytes Anti-virus / Anti-malware problems.

Disable Outlook Attachment protection

While the idea is good, it's also common for Outlook / Express to stop access to attachments that are perfectly safe. If this happens to you, here's how to change the settings so that Outlook ceases this procedure.
(Note: If you disable this feature, please make sure that you have virus protection installed & updated, and that you scan attachments prior to opening, unless you are positive they are safe. Most Antivirus software will have a setting to automatically scan email attachments for you, which may be the best choice.)
  1. Open Outlook Express and click on the TOOLS drop-down menu.

  2. From that menu, click on OPTIONS.

    Disable Attachment protection

  3. A new window opens. Click on the SECURITY tab.

    Hot Do I Disable Outlook Attachment protection?

  4. Under the VIRUS PROTECTION area, you will see that there is a checkmark in the setting "Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus."

    How to Enable or Disable Outlook Attachment protection

  5. Remove the checkmark.

  6. Click on the APPLY button at the bottom.

    Turn Off email Attachment protection

  7. Click on the OK button.

    Turn Off Attachment warning

  8. You may need to close Outlook Express and re-open for the changes to take place.

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