BitDefender Outgoing email scanning

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  1. tec505

    tec505 Registered Member

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    Just wondering:

    My ISP uses smtp port 587. BD AV 11 scans outgoing emails?

    I'm using Outlook 2003.

    Thanks.

    Mike
     
  2. C.S.J

    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    yes, it does.
     
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    In Others AV you can set different pop3/smtp ports for emails.

    In BD it's not possible.
    Does it scan all ports for pop3/smtp traffic?
     
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    Yes BitDefender does scan outgoing and incoming mail. You can check if it scans the mails if you communicate thru a non-standard port.
     
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    BD scans only standard ports. It is not possible to scan non-standard ports like 587 (used by my ISP). So BD is inefective. But as normally BD has a very good detection rate (very good shield) is very difficult to send out infected email.
     
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    C.S.J Massive Poster

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    how do you know it doesnt scan all ports?

    eg. avg's email scanner is not port-based, it just scans whatever.
     
  7. tec505

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    In case of outgoing emails a pop-up alert that BD is scanning an outgoing email.
    With this ISP (port 587) this do not happen.

    Also I asked for BD support team and they confirm that BD scans ONLY standard ports. (587 is non-standard).

    Best Regards.
    Mike
     
  8. ola nordmann

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    Why do you need a separate scanner for outgoing mail? If you have a virus on your system, it will be detected by the realtime scanner that scans every file you open on a filesystem-level (unless you have disabled this scanner of course, but this would be a bad idea for most users)

    I mean, the virus definitions are the same, so you will not find more viruses by having an additional smtp scanner. It's just waste of resources IMHO :)
     
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    E-mail scanning is manly useful if you have the habit of forwarding e-mails without opening them or checking the attachment.

    I usually check e-mail before sending them out, I do not use the e-mail scannning feature. It is enough to have html viewer disabled, direct access to potentially dangerous extensions are already blocked by default by common e-mail clients (e.g. outlook 2003/2007)

    It was discussed here before... EDIT: Here: Scanning email necessary?

    Cheers,
    Fax
     
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