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    Hardware guy Super Moderator FastGame's Avatar
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    Does your ISP scan your Email for virus

    Simple question, Hotmail & Yahoo scan mail for virus, but if you use your ISP mail do they scan it for virus before you get it ? how about at work, does your work place use an ISP that scans mail for virus ?

    I have an important mission and I need to arm myself with facts before I jump into the frying pan.

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    Last edited by FastGame; January 29th, 2005 at 18:20 PM.

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    Hmm im no expert but i highly doubt a majority of ISP's scan your e-mail.Sure a few might like MSN or AOL and of course the free hotmail and yahoo.But many simply do not offer this hence why we have to buy programs for e-mail scanning such as Synmantec Norton products

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    At work, I'm the one calling the shots (to scan or not to scan.

    At home,e-mail scanning is a premium service. For basic service subscribers, anti-spam and anti-virus scan can be had for NOK29 per month extra per service (i.e antivirus and antispam would be NOK58 extra). NOK29 is $4,50 or so. Remember, we have to pay a bit more ove here anyway than in the US.

    In my ADSL subscription, a license for Symantec Antivirus or Norton Internet Security (your choice) is included for one machine.

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    Hardware guy Super Moderator FastGame's Avatar
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    good good keep it going

    BTW my ISP scans all mail and its part of basic service.

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    Wish my ISP offered that lol at one time i had some person trying to spam up my e-mail accounts and send worms and crap to me.I use Verizon DSL service.Luckily i keep my Norton 2005 antivirus software updated as well as windows update.Its saved me many times over the years.

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    yes, yes, and uh...yes

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    My DSL provider scans my mail before it gets to me.

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    My ISP scans my mail.

    One thing to bear in mind though regarding ISP scans. They don't normally scan every single word,(its not like Big Brother is watching you) ,they generally only scan the mail headers,attachments and imbedded pics.The headers for SPAM and the attachments and pics for possible viruses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend
    My ISP scans my mail.

    One thing to bear in mind though regarding ISP scans. They don't normally scan every single word,(its not like Big Brother is watching you) ,they generally only scan the mail headers,attachments and imbedded pics.The headers for SPAM and the attachments and pics for possible viruses.
    I'll edit my post, I want to know if your ISP scans mail for virus....sorry

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastGame
    I'll edit my post, I want to know if your ISP scans mail for virus....sorry
    Yes

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    CenturyTel charges $2.95/month for virus scan.
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    I don't think my ISP scans the emails.. but I do with my own personal AV:

    __________ NOD32 1.980 (20050123) Information __________

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    part000.txt - is OK

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    I use three different ISPs at home for different purposes and they all scan. Scanning is one of the top 10 services I require from my selection of ISPs. My reason for it is because of the nature of my business. I email almost 1,100 people a week. During special promotions I will send that many or more per day.

    Almost all ISPs in the U.S. now scan your email before you receive it because it is a law in some states. All states will eventually adopt the same law. This is a big topic of concern in some circles. Read you Terms of Service (TOS) and you probally will find that even if they do not scan at present there is a clause in it where they can scan it whenever they decide it is appropriate.
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    It is an option on my ISP mail account, but more and more ISPs are picking up on the trend and offering the service... EfC's ISP sounds a little dodgy for charging for the service

    MSNwar's idea of criteria for picking ISP on services is great, if more people do that, then the customer should win with added features

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