Managing your Avast email signature settings

If you use an email client (such as Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird), Avast may include a clean message (previously an email signature) at the bottom of your outgoing emails to let your recipients know that the email has been scanned for malware. This setting is enabled by default.

Disable the Avast signature for outgoing emails

  1. Open the Avast user interface, and click MenuSettings.
  2. Select Protection from the left menu, then click Core Shields.
  3. Scroll to Configure shield settings and click the tab for Mail Shield.
  4. Untick the box next to Add a signature to the end of sent emails.

Your outgoing emails will no longer include a signature from Avast. You can re-enable this setting at any time.

Customize all Mail Shield settings for incoming and outgoing emails

Mail Shield scans for threats in your incoming and outgoing email messages. Scanning applies only to messages sent or received using mail management software, such as Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird.

To modify your Mail Shield settings, open the Avast user interface, go to MenuSettingsProtectionCore Shields, and scroll to the Configure shield settings section. Select the Mail Shield tab. Configure the following settings:

  • Enable Mail Shield: turn Mail Shield on or off.
  • Scan inbound emails (POP3, IMAP4): specify if Mail Shield should scan all incoming emails sent using an SSL/TLS encrypted connection.
  • Scan outbound emails (SMTP): specify if Mail Shield should scan all outbound emails sent using an SSL/TLS encrypted connection.
  • Add a signature to the end of sent emails: includes a message for the recipient in an outgoing email confirming the email has been scanned for malware and is clean.
  • Mark in subject of mail containing a virus: specify a specific word or phrase that will automatically be added to the subject of any email containing a virus.
  • Scan attachment when attaching (Microsoft Outlook only): enable Mail Shield to scan outgoing email attachments sent with Microsoft Outlook.
  • Generate report file: specify if you want File System Shield to produce reports of scan results.

To configure more Avast Shields settings, refer to the following article:

  • Avast Ultimate 19.1
  • Avast Premier 19.1
  • Avast Internet Security 19.1
  • Avast Pro Antivirus 19.1
  • Avast Free Antivirus 19.1
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 1, 32 / 64-bit

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