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Ghost Attachments

I get email coming to me with a paper clip preceding the sender but half the time there is no attachment. Is there a ghost attachment in there somewhere?

I have this happen to me all the time in Outlook Express. Finally I decided to investigate and noticed that they always had one thing in common: there was a little message at the bottom… “No virus found in this outgoing message. Checked by AVG Anti-Virus.”

Checking the source code I noticed that this message comes up as a second part to the email. When reading in HTML it treats the two parts as one message but still shows a paperclip in the attachment column.

Switching to plain text mode it show the HTML email as an attached document that can be opened in a web browser.

Now, if you have AVG antivirus you can avoid confusing recipients by preventing the message from being attached. Just turn off outgoing email certification. Messages will still be scanned but the attachment glitch will not occur. Go to the AVG control centre, click on “E-mail scanner”, select the “properties” button, then the “configure” button. Under “E-mail scanning” deselect “certify mail”.

So don’t be afraid of ghost attachments—it’s just a quirk caused by AVG antivirus.

~ David

David Samuel Thomas