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Outlook 2000 does not close properly

Posted on 2011-03-16
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Running Outlook 2000 SP-3 on a Windows XP SP-3 system, Outlook.exe (several instances) persist after exiting the application.   I have tried disabling all COM and Add-in features, which made no difference.  Please advise.
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by:JimBeveridge
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I suggest you solve the problem by upgrading to Outlook 2007 or 2010. Really. Outlook 2000 is hopelessly insecure and is dangerous to use for reading email.  Microsoft dropped support for it several years ago.
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Thank you for your comment.  I plan to upgrade sometime soon.  Meanwhile, I found an Outlook Add-in which forces shut-down after a specified time, and it's working for me.
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Here is a link to that utility:  http://www.daveswebsite.com/software/olshutdown/
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ddantes - please, please don't use Outlook 2000. Stop using it. Tomorrow. Take it from someone who has used and supported Outlook almost every day for the last 14 years.

I'm not trying to get answer points here, I'm expecting that you'll close the question and get a "refund" for the points. I just want to warn you that you are one email away from a completely compromised machine. Unless you are an expert in PC security (and if you were, you wouldn't be running Outlook 2000), you don't have the experience to protect yourself against the malware that's out to get you.
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I appreciate your emphatic advice and plan to upgrade to OL 2007.
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This answer resolved the issue of Outlook not closing. It didn't find the cause but provided a solution anyway.
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