The latest version of Ad-Aware contains an extra feature called Email Scanner which scans for all incoming emails in Outlook and blocks malicious attachments. It will automatically activate when Outlook is in use.
No, you do not need to configure it. All you have to do after installing Ad-Aware is to restart the system and open Outlook. It does not integrate any features in Outlook and scans all emails(that contain attachments) in the background. Once a malicious attachment is detected, it will automatically get blocked and won’t stand a chance in infecting your system.
To confirm if it is working fine, go to Add-ins tab and make sure Ad-Aware Email Scanner is listed under Active Application Add-ins.
It works like a charm in our test machine which is running Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit and Outlook 2010.
Editor’s Note: If you are using Microsoft Security Essentials, do NOT install Ad-Aware. MSE does a pretty good job in scanning and detecting viruses.
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