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How To Configure The New Avast! 5.0 To Work With Gmail

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Prior to Avast! 5, people who receive Gmail with their mail clients weren't getting their mail scanned because their mail was connected via SSL connection, but recently I noticed, through some very noteworthy "dialog boxes" that Avast! had produced when sending and receiving mail that by turning off SSL and using the "SSL accounts" settings in the Mail Shield, you can bypass having to configure port numbers with your mail client altogether.


By default, the regular incoming mail (POP3) port is 110, outgoing (SMTP) mail is 25, and IMAP is 143. When configuring the Mail Shield, it's best to leave these settings as is, and try to connect until after the SSL accounts are entered in the shield settings.


Please note: Receiving mail by POP or IMAP may only work if you have it configured from within your Gmail account. Don't post that you didn't receive mail in your client without logging into Gmail in your browser and checking your POP/IMAP receiving settings.


If you use POP3 to receive Gmail:

Enter "pop3.gmail.com" as host name, set "POP3" as Protocol, "995" as the port number, and "SSL" for encryption.


If you use IMAP to receive Gmail, however, you can change the host name to "imap.gmail.com", "IMAP" for protocol", and "993" for the port number.


Outgoing mail:

"smtp.gmail.com", "SMTP", "465", "SSL"

If your mail client has TLS, or "STARTTLS" encryption, that can be used, but the encryption should be set to "TLS" upon doing so, and the port number should be set on "587" as well.


Now, you can configure your mail client, just make sure you leave the port settings intact! The mail client should connect into the Avast! Mail Shield, which should connect out to the Gmail server.


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Just recently I realized that my Windows Live Mail client has been deleting "Spam" messages when checking Gmail for new messages so it's quite handy to view the report file to see how much spam your mail client dumps, just to be sure it's not deleting any "legitimate" messages. Furthermore, log into your Gmail account from the web browser to report such messages as "Not Spam" so that you may be able to receive communications you want.






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