E-mail Protection by Antivirus Program
Most antivirus programs offer real-time protection against viruses, trojans, spyware, adware, rootkit, worms and other types of malware - whether it's from web-based threats or transferred to/from your computer using a removable drive. Some antivirus software includes protection against e-mail borne threats, which is why corporate and business users (including ISP's) are trying to ensure that their e-mail system is scanned by antivirus software.
Home users can enjoy e-mail protection using commercial versions of antivirus program because paid antivirus solutions provide an extra layer of protection. Also, paid antivirus solutions offer a fully functional protection service against any type of threats while you browse, chat, download or send/receive e-mails.
Microsoft Outlook may warn users if another program is trying to access the address book and contacts information. It can also warn you if something or someone tries to send e-mail on your behalf, without your consent or knowledge. The image at the left is an example status of the "Programmatic Access Security" in MS Outlook program which detects if an antivirus program is installed or if the antivirus program is not offering an e-mail protection. If you will receive security warnings from MS Outlook on the said malicious activities, you can solve it by installing an antivirus program with an e-mail scanner that is compatible with the e-mail client and will report its status to the Windows Security Center.