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MS Outlook blocked access to potentially unsafe attachments – How to fix it

If you’ve stumbled upon this post, you most likely experienced one of the nasty new MS Outlook security features shipped with the june 2017 security update, which blocks file attachments containing two or more consecutive periods or an exclamation mark in their name or extension. Here’s the offending message:

Outlook blocked access to the following potentially unsafe attachments: filename.ext

As we already said, the culprit in this case is to be found in the latest MS security patches released after the ever-growing malware threat, which greatly excalated within the past few months. We’re basically talking about a regression bug here, which is rather common in these kind of scenarios: the urge of preventing the user from compromising the system with potentially bad behaviours ends up with blocking a number of other legitimate and perfectly safe activities, such as opening most of these files.

Luckily enough, Microsoft acknowledged the issue and has already released a number of patches to overcome the issue. Too bad that they left out some Outlook builds – such as Outlook 2007, which is still vastly used worldwide – but at least it’s a start.

Here are the patches currently available at the date/time of writing:

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MS Outlook – E-Mail message stuck in Outbox folder: how to fix it

Sometimes, when you send an e-mail message using MS Outlook, it might happen that it gets stuck in your Outbox folder: such a scenario happens to be fairly common when the e-mail message has some rather big attachments (2mb or more).

The issue is often due to the fact that Outlook seems to be unable to move the e-mail message from the Outbox folder to the Sent folder – which is something that happens after the e-mail message has been actually sent: this makes it even worse, because it means that there’s an high chance that the receiver will be flooded by a number of identical e-mail messages until we figure out how to get rid of the problem.

The fix, needless to say, is to find a way to delete the offending message from the Outbox folder: problem is, MS Outlook won’t usually allow to delete message that are in the process of being sent… or moved to the Sent folder… Which takes us back to square one. When this happens, even restarting MS Outlook or even rebooting the machine won’t fix the issue, because the software will most likely go in auto-send (and auto-move in Sent folder) mode right after its initialization… thus blocking the offending message there.

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MS Office 2016 and 365 official ISO IMG images for download & offline install (product key required)

Let’s make it clear, this is not warez or pirate software. What we’re giving here is merely a list of links to the official Microsoft MS Office 2016 RTM distributions offline installers (and embedded applications, such as: Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project and Visio) based upon Microsoft’s Click-To-Run technology, which you can get for free by logging to any valid MS account.

These links can be very useful for those System Administrators who need to perform batch installs, backups or digital storage without having the physical supports at hand.

Needless to say, in order to install the software you need a valid Product Key (not included), which you can purchase in the Microsoft Store or from any official reseller.

UPDATE: If you’re also looking for MS Windows ISO images (Windows 7, Windows 8.1 & Windows 10, all releases and builds), click here.

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Troubleshoot Microsoft Outlook issues with command-line switches

If you are a devoted reader of this blog you’ll already know that we’re definitely not the Outlook biggest fans you can find. However, we’re often called by private and public companies to setup and fix Outlook and/or Exchange configurations that force us to face the most common issues of that dreadful e-mail client.

In this post we’ll share some basic knowledge that can be very useful when troubleshooting some of the most common Outlook issues:  a set of command-line switches that can be used to reset/restore some settings to their default values.

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