Avast Security and spam

  Pine Man 18 Dec 11
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I am trialling Avast Internet Security Suite and it seems very good indeed BUT I have done a test to check the anti-spam by sending myself an email containing XJSC4JDBQADN1.NSBN32IDNENGTUBE-STANDARD-ANTI-UBE-TEST-EMAILC.34X in accordance with this site http://dorianblog.info/technology/how-to-test-your-spam-filter/

The email never arrived! I have two email addresses and have sent emails to and from both but they never arrive!! Where have they gone?

I am a bit concerned because previous anti-spam programs I have used give you the option of dealing with spam when it has been identified.

  buteman 18 Dec 11

I have Avast installed as well and there anti spam leaves a lot to be desired.I believe they only check mail from one provider Outlook.

I also have Eset on another computer and it will check my E-mails from windows live mail.And as far as I know Avast doesn't.

Apart from that no complaints with Avast except a few false positives that it gives occasionally.So remember not to delete anything maybe just quarantine them instead.

Where have they gone.probably classed as spam and deleted.

I take it you use Microsoft Outlook as your default e-mail provider.

  buteman 18 Dec 11

WOT has no security ratings for the Site how to test your spam filter.

So maybe that is why you never recieved any mail.

  Pine Man 18 Dec 11

Thanks for your very prompt response Buteman.

Yes I am using Outlook and nothing that I have sent to it containing spam has ever arrived. What really concerns me is that if an important email is treated as positive for spam I will never see it!

I still have McAfee (free) on my lap top and it quickly spotted the spam and put it in the spam folder. Maybe McAfee isn't that bad after all;-)

  Pine Man 18 Dec 11

Avast can't be trusted, IMHO, so I have reinstalled McAfee:-)

  buteman 18 Dec 11

Pine Man

With Eset it gives you the choice once e-mails have arrived whether you want to blacklist them or whitelist them.

Maybe you should have tried the trial version of that.I downloaded mine about 4 weeks ago with a 6 months trial.Posted the trial on here but no one was interested,

  buteman 18 Dec 11

Well bless my cotton socks.Tried the Eset download again and it still works for 6 months.I now have another licence which I will put on my grandaughters computer.

http://www.eset.co.uk/Sales/ComputerShopper

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18 Dec 11

Your infected e-mails (default settings) will have been placed in the virus chest where they can do no harm.

You need to check the settings in AVAST

Real Time Shields - Mail shields - Actions

there you can set what Avast will do with suspect email.

  Pine Man 18 Dec 11
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Thanks for the continuing responses guys.

The main problem I had with McAfee, which comes free with my ISP, is that a full scan used to take about 2 hours. After a recent McAfee software upgrade the scan then took about 4 hours!

I thought I would try some of the opposition and Avast only took 58 minutes to do a full scan but I wasn't happy with the way it dealt with spam in emails.

Having removed Avast, and then using the McAfee removal tool, I reinstalled McAfee and carried out a full scan. Result - 59 minutes - RESULT!

That'll do nicely for me:-)

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