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    Disabling Security (OL2000 SR-1)

    Hi all,

    I know this question is rather outdated: I'd like to know how to disable the so-called "draconian" security in Outlook. eg: I try to open an attached ZIP file and Outlook will only let me save to disk because "it is dangerous". A ZIP file????? C'mon!

    I remember many things were mentioned in WOW newsletters a while back, but maybe some of you worked out the best way to do it and will save me lots of old-WOW-diving time.

    Thank you
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    Re: Disabling Security (OL2000 SR-1)

    Have a look here .
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    Re: Disabling Security (OL2000 SR-1)

    Well, if you think zip files can't contain a virus, I just hope your definitions are up to date!

    Run a search in the Outlook forum for 'draconian' - you should pick up the relevant discussions in here.

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    Re: Disabling Security (OL2000 SR-1)

    Further to Leif's post, on any given day, I receive anywhere from 3 - 30 emails with virus-laced .zip attachments. But it is my AV program that is filtering them out, not Outlook. Are you sure that it is Outlook that is not allowing you to open .zip files? Even with OL2003, I have the option of Opening or Saving a .zip attachment. To my knowledge, MS has never placed zip files on their Level 1 or Level 2 list of attachments.
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    Re: Disabling Security (OL2000 SR-1)

    Rebel and Leif have provided excellent advice, permit me to add that the disallowance of opening ZIP files could also be set by your Admin if you are on a server. My IS Admin 'cut off' ZIP files in response to a particular virus, and then restored the ability to open them a couple of days later after they were sure the viurs checker was catching them.
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    Re: Disabling Security (OL2000 SR-1)

    Hi Rebel,

    Thanks for the reference. I'm downloading, though I'm not sure if it will work for OL2000 SR-1. It seems to support versions from SP-3 onwards.
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    Re: Disabling Security (OL2000 SR-1)

    Hi John,

    I'm using AVG from Grisoft and as far as I can remember, when it detects a virus it automatically deletes both the attachment and the text content of the mail. You only read a couple lines stating that the mail contained a virus. But it won't prompt on suspicious files receipt, or that's what I know.
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    Re: Disabling Security (OL2000 SR-1)

    Hi John,

    Thanks. There is no Admin or LAN here, just a single PC trying to make it thru a dial-up connection, behind a simple firewall <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Disabling Security (OL2000 SR-1)

    Hi Leif,

    What I meant is that a ZIP file is not a virus itself (unless it's a virus "wrapped" with a ZIP extension, which won't be triggered by Windows as the creator would desire). I find irritating that OL gets in the way to tell me whether something is safe or not, let alone the cases it prompts me to say I received a ZIP and asks me if I want to save it to disk.
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    Re: Disabling Security (OL2000 SR-1)

    John,

    Correction: now I'm starting to believe it's possible that AVG is prompting me to warn there's a virus in the attached. I reinstalled OL a month ago, but before formatting my HD I remember AVG acting as described in my previous msg. If I received a mail containing a virus, AVG would literally "clean it up", so the resulting "clean" msg. would be about 1 or 2 KB, and kept just the Subject field intact. The former message body would be replaced by a standard warning AVG-did.its-job-here sentence.
    Somehow things seem to have changed. The message remains intact, but every time I open it, AVG(?) warns me that the attached contains a virus and tells me if I want to save it to disk. If this is the correct current state of things, I can't tell why the difference. Maybe the last DB update? I don't know.
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    Re: Disabling Security (OL2000 SR-1)

    I want to live dangerously!

    I cannot find away to Actually just open an Excel attachment on Outlook 2002. I can move the extension from level one to level two but I still have to save it to disk.
    Can the "save it" prompt be eliminated completely as in Outlook 2000. which allowed one to save or open. I am sending and receiving several spreadsheets a day for simple review. The extra clicks are a minor annoyance since I read the papers but it gets tedious by the end of the day, -- Save, open, reply and delete. -- Save, open, reply delete. ......

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    Re: Disabling Security (OL2000 SR-1)

    Check that in Excel, the Tools | Options | General | Ignore Other Applications box is UNchecked.
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    Re: Disabling Security (OL2000 SR-1)

    Could this be controlled by the setting in Windows Explorer to "Confirm open after download"?

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    Re: Disabling Security (OL2000 SR-1)

    Both the two previous settings are as indicated. They were mentioned in other posts. It's not the biggest problem in my world but now i just NEED to find the answer for my own gratification. with so many posts being so close.

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    Re: Disabling Security (OL2000 SR-1)

    I'm sorry, having the box checked causes the dialog to appear. Obviously I was not clear about that. Now, when accessing web sites, this additional "are you sure" is considered a good thing, but it also kicks in for Outlook attachments, where it's more inconvenient. I don't see any way to optimize this setting.

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