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    Yahoo Pops (2000)

    Has anyone successfully used Yahoo Pops to download their mail into Outlook 2000 from Yahoo? I can not get it to work. I am running Windows ME, Outlook 2000.

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    Re: Yahoo Pops (2000)

    Are you talking about the open source project, YahooPOPs!? Like many virus scanners, YahooPOPs! sets itself up as a middleman between Outlook and your mail server. When you check Yahoo! mail using YahooPOPs, you are passing information to the agent, and the agent is scraping the mail off of the Yahoo! Mail web interface behind the scenes. Obviously a lot can go wrong in this scenario, particularly if Yahoo! makes changes that confuse the YahooPOPs! agent. And that wouldn't surprise me. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Anyway, I didn't load the software, but I did peek at the source code distribution. It includes these instructions:

    <UL><big>Configuring Outlook 2000</big>
    1. <LI>Select Tools > Accounts from the main menu
      <LI>Select Add > Mail
      <LI>Enter your display name
      <LI>Enter your Yahoo! email address
      <LI>Select POP3 as the Server Type
      <LI>Enter 'localhost' as your Incoming mail server
      <LI>Enter your ISPs SMTP server as your outgoing mail server
      <LI>Enter your Yahoo! Login id and password under 'Internet Mail Logon'
      <LI>Check "Remember Password"
      <LI>Select the method you use for connecting to the Internet
      <LI>Click Finish
      <LI>Select your new localhost account and click on "Properties"
      <LI>Select the Advanced tab
      <LI>Increase the Server Timeout to 'Long' (5 minutes)
      <LI>Click OK to close the Properties dialog
    [/list]If you haven't read through the HTML "help" pages that come with YahooPOPs!, take a look. They address a lot of issues with timeouts, crashes, changing the port if you use mail-scanning antivirus software, and a variety of other stuff. You're on the frontier here; keep your machete sharp!

    Of course, if this is a bigger hassle than paying $30 a year, you could buy Yahoo's premium subscription service (What is changing in the Yahoo! Mail POP/Forwarding service?, select the option for POP access on the Mail Delivery Status page at Yahoo! (see Errors Receiving Mail (POP)), and configure Outlook accordingly.

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    Re: Yahoo Pops (2000)

    I tried all the steps outlined in the MS KB, but it still does not work. Any other suggestions?

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    Re: Yahoo Pops (2000)

    I appreciate your help. I've tried all of these suggestions here, too, but I still can't get it to work. Some people have tried different setting and by trial and error have gotten it to work. I was just wondering if anyone out there has come up with something that gets it to work for them. Thanks.

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    Re: Yahoo Pops (2000)

    LOL. I did not realize that Yahoo Pops was a *brand*. I thought it was just the asker's way of asking about how to collect POP mail. <img src=/S/bash.gif border=0 alt=bash width=35 height=39>

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