In some cases, it may be appropriate to temporarily disable your Outlook antivirus defender, even if your Outlook is more vulnerable to threats. The goal of anti-virus plugins is to protect against viruses and malware, thereby improving security. However, the plug-ins may have an impact on the overall performance of Outlook. If you’re having trouble, it might be a good idea to temporarily disable the anti-virus plugin to see if that’s the problem, or to use an external safety plugin instead.
Reasons Why You Might Want to Turn Off Your Outlook Anti-Virus Integration
The anti-virus plugin may interfere with Outlook’s performance. If you encounter one or more of the following scenarios, it may be prudent to uninstall the plugin.
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Possible scenarios are:
- Lost attachments or mail
- Errors when sending/receiving emails
- Duplicated emails
- Larger fonts
- Visible HTML codes
- Messages stuck in outbox
- Issues with send/receive performance
How to Remove the Outlook Anti-Virus Plugin Step-by-Step
Step 1: Open Outlook, go to the “File” tab and then click “Options”.
Step 2: Click “Add-ins”.
Step 3: Next to “Manage”, open the drop-down list.
Step 4: Click “COM Add-ins”, then click on the “Go…” button.
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Step 5: Now select your anti-virus plugin, click “remove” and then “Ok”.
Step 6: Finally, click “Send/Receive” and then “Update folder”.
When the anti-virus plugin is disabled, it is still safe to read email because email cannot infect your system on its own. However, unless you are certain that the attachment is from a legitimate source, you should avoid opening it without virus protection.
What’s your experience with the Outlook anti-virus plugin? Do you have any questions? Feel free to leave them in the comment section!
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Aline & the Lookeen team