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Published on 05.27.09 by Brent Trahan

Notify Antivirus Programs when Opening Attachments

Learn how to set Windows 7 to notify antivirus programs when it opens and attachment.

This policy setting allows you to manage the behavior for notifying registered antivirus programs. If multiple programs are registered, they will all be notified. If the registered antivirus program already performs on-access checks or scans files as they arrive on the computer’s e-mail server because further calls would be redundant.

If you enable this policy Windows tells the registered antivirus program to scan the file when a user opens a file attachment. If the antivirus program fails, the attachment is blocked from being opened.

If you disable this policy Windows does not call the registered antivirus programs when file attachments are opened.

If you do not configure this policy Windows does not call the registered antivirus programs when file attachments are opened.

Notify Antivirus Programs when Opening Attachments

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Attachment Manager in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Notify antivirus programs when opening attachments in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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