AV that auto-scan Outlook email attachments without saving / opening the attachments

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Q1:
Without saving an email's attachment & then manually (ie on-demand) scan the
saved file, is there any AV that could auto-scan (ie in almost real-time or on-access)
an email attachment (even before the user double-click/open the attachment)?

Q2:
Can BitDefender or Trend's Officescan do the above?
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Alex LimIT Solution Consultant @ pupuweb.com
Commented:
Yes, both BitDefender or Trend's Officescan able to do that. You may like to refer to below official link for related configuration.

BitDefender: https://www.bitdefender.com/support/how-to-clean-infected-items-inside-emails-1037.html

Trend's Officescan: http://docs.trendmicro.com/all/ent/officescan/v10.0/en-us/osce_10.0_olhcl/osce_topics/scan_pop3_and_outlook_mail_messages.htm

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alex
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Commented:
If you are using Windows 10, Windows Defender does that as well.

Indeed, most top rated Anti Virus applications do this as scanning attachments is a first line of defense

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Commented:
So both Officescan & BitDefender don't require the attachments to be saved or opened (ie double-clicked)
so that they scan?
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Commented:
In most cases, no, they do not have to be saved first.  That is how it works for me.

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Commented:
Without checking with our Officescan admin, how can I, as a user verify if
OfficeScan administrator granted me the mail scan privilege?

I already have Officescan, so is it a good idea to have BitDefender double-
scan emails or is there anyway to configure them such that they don't
interfere/inter-lock each other but complement each other to give an
extra assurance/safety?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
Normally your onboard virus will scan and you will not see any result from this unless it picks up a virus.

If you have questions about permissions in your environment, you need to ask your administrator.
Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist
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So both Officescan & BitDefender don't require the attachments to be saved or opened (ie double-clicked)
so that they scan?
I recommend you first get vendor confirmation before believing this (the links above is for POP3 and the other talks about scanning against the email archive, manually deleting from notifications). Some AVs prefer you install a mail server version, like Exchange, on the actual mail server which would scan the mailboxes.

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