Avast! v4.6

  dms05 07:36 24 Jan 06

I installed Avast v4.6 a few days ago and had problems immediately with the email virus checker. Currently Avast is stopping me receiving any emails. I can send but it insists I authorise my SMTP server (which I didn't have to do with AVG). If I disable the email facility on Avast all is back to normal. Any ideas?

  Mikè 08:12 24 Jan 06

What OS and which email client are you using?

  dms05 08:17 24 Jan 06

XP Pro SP2 on 1.8GHz Intel Toshiba Laptop
Opera v8.5 browser
The same effect happens with Thunderbird. I haven't tried Outlook.

  Mikè 08:27 24 Jan 06

Well I'm not on my XP machine at the minute but as far as I recall, Avast uses what they call a transparent proxy (with Outlook anyway) where the mail clients settings don't need changing. Have you tried the Opera forum?

  dms05 08:38 24 Jan 06

Avast v4.5 and later should be transparent to all email clients. So I shouldn't and haven't changed anything. In any case Thunderbird shows just the same effect. I've tried Opera and Thunderbird on another email server (GoNuts4free) and I have the same effect. If I turn off the Avast email scanner all is well. So it would seem Avast is the problem

  dms05 08:52 24 Jan 06

...and I have to STOP the Avast email scanner, selecting PAUSE doesn't help.

  Diodorus Siculus 08:54 24 Jan 06

Somewhere in avast is an option for timeouts for scanning - that may be set too low.

I'm not on my avast machine now so can't check, but have a look.

  dms05 09:25 24 Jan 06

Initially the default for timeout was set at 2 seconds! It was one of the first things I changed - it's now set at 240 seconds!

  dms05 14:07 24 Jan 06

Can't solve this and 'no email virus scanning protection' isn't acceptable. So it's back to AVG!

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