OE Blocks Attachments


Dear Computer Lady,

I really enjoy reading your e-zine. Thanks for taking your time to help all of us that are not so computer literate! My Outlook Express has started blocking attachments. No settings were changed by me. I do not find where I can “unblock” them. 

Any suggestions? 

Thanks! Brenda R. in Tyler, Texas 


Dear Brenda,

You must have just upgraded Internet Explorer. The latest upgrade automatically blocks attachments that might potentially carry viruses. This option has been part of OE all along, but with the latest upgrade, the option is turned on by default. 

The good news is that it is fairly easy to turn it back off.

1. Open Outlook Express

2. Click on “Tools” and then “Options”.

3. Click the Security tab 

4. Under Virus Protection, click to remove the check from the box labeled “Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus”. 

5. Click OK 

As long as your virus program is kept updated (My AVG AntiMalware Updates itself every day) you will still be protected from viruses. If you never have a need to open attachments, I would leave this setting on.




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