Turn off email scanning in your anti-virus. It provides no added
The Other E-Mail Threat: File Corruption in Outlook Express
Published: November 18, 2004
By Tom Koch
Email scanning slows down Sending and Receiving, sometimes enough that OE
times out. Since some of the received messages have large (often virus)
attachments, which exasperates the problem.
Some Comcast users have found it necessary to totally uninstall Norton and
switch to the free AVG with mail scanning off. Norton invented email
scanning and here's what they say:
"Disabling Email Scanning does not leave you unprotected against viruses
are distributed as email attachments. Norton AntiVirus Auto-Protect scans
incoming files as they are saved to your hard drive, including email and
email attachments. Email Scanning is just another layer on top of this. To
make sure that Auto-Protect is providing the maximum protection, keep
Auto-Protect enabled and run LiveUpdate regularly to ensure that you have
the most recent virus definitions."
"...your computer is protected if Auto-Protect is enabled. Auto-Protect
scans any incoming files, including email attachments, when the files are
saved to your hard drive."
"NAV provides multiple layers of protection. Email scanning is just one of
those layers. Even if you are not running Email Scanning, your computer is
protected against viruses that are distributed as email attachments by NAV
Auto-Protect. Auto-Protect will scan any incoming files, including email
attachments, as they are saved to your hard drive. To make sure that
Auto-Protect is providing the maximum protection, keep Auto-Protect enabled
and run LiveUpdate regularly to ensure that you have the most recent virus
So Symantec used to say this often and clearly. The newer stuff doesn't
have the statement included as it was considered an embarrassment. If you
know anyone who programs for Norton try to get them to talk about it.
Frank Saunders, MS-MVP, IE/OE
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> My identity login also pops up out of no where and I generally log off the
> identity, even if I log into an identity it doesn't matter. After this
> happens I often get a new error now when I open the desktop icon for OE.
> started when I updated to NIS 2005. I have uninstalled and reinstalled it
> couple of times and it hasn't helped yet. I say yet because I just
> reinstalled it again.
> Identity Login
> Another application has the Switched Identities or Identity Login dialog
> showing. Choose an identity in that dialog before launching this
> When this error appears I am unable to open OE and have to reboot.
> Nothing Symantec has told me so far has done any good at all. They claim
> this issue is new to them and they have not received any complaints from
> anyone but me.