Outlook Express - Removing Attachments

Posted on 2004-03-24
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
I have Outlook Express 6.0 at home with Windows XP.  Recently, I've noticed that emails received by me that contained attachments (Word documents) are being stripped.  Instead of the Attachment(s), I receive this in the body of the msg:  "Outlook Express removed access to unsafe attachments."  How can I disable this ?  Thanks to everyone !!
Question by:Vickala2964
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 3
LVL 49

Accepted Solution

sunray_2003 earned 125 total points
ID: 10670145
Hi Vickala2964,

go to tools --> options --> security
and uncheck " Donot allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus "

OLEXP: Using Virus Protection Features in Outlook Express 6

Cannot Open E-Mail Attachments in Outlook Express After You Install SP1


Author Comment

ID: 10670201
Wow Sunray, that was quick !
Thanks so much much for taking the time to respond.  I will try this as soon as I get home and will confirm your response by tomorrow (promise).  One quick question, any reason why this would change all by itself ?  Thanks again, Vickie
LVL 49

Expert Comment

ID: 10671715
It should not actually change .. May be someone else had checked that option there.

Uncheck the option and see if it would remain that way or change. I would be very surprised if it changes
Salesforce Made Easy to Use

On-screen guidance at the moment of need enables you & your employees to focus on the core, you can now boost your adoption rates swiftly and simply with one easy tool.


Author Comment

ID: 10679791
Hi Sunray,
I tried your fix last night and of course, it worked.  I suspect the option was not changed manually, since I really am the only one that "tweaks" this computer and only on an "as needed" basis.  However, I recently updated to SP1, which I understand from your article may have changed the option without me knowing.  Again, thank you for your expert advice and here are your points.

Regards, Vickie
LVL 49

Expert Comment

ID: 10679924
Thanks vickie.

Good to know you are the only one who tweaks that computer but sometimes you need to be careful ..


Author Comment

ID: 10680079
So true and duly noted.  Thx.  V

Featured Post

Free Tool: Path Explorer

An intuitive utility to help find the CSS path to UI elements on a webpage. These paths are used frequently in a variety of front-end development and QA automation tasks.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Environment Variable Outlook 2 38
OUTLOOK 2016 receive time interval 8 76
Outlook search issues 5 55
Outlook VBA question - How do I mark a message as read 2 60
MS Outlook is a world-class email client application that is mainly used for e-communication globally.  In this article, we will discuss the basic idea about MS Outlook, its advanced features, and types of MS Outlook File formats.
Changing a few Outlook Options can help keep you organized!
CodeTwo Sync for iCloud ( automatically synchronizes your Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010 or 2007 folders with iCloud folders available via iCloud Control Panel. This lets you automatically sync them with…
A short tutorial showing how to set up an email signature in Outlook on the Web (previously known as OWA). For free email signatures designs, visit If you want to manage em…

752 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question