The Ms Outlook application has been around for many years and its popularity has attracted many developers and software publishers to create add-ins to extend its functionality. Today you have a plethora of plug-ins available for Outlook and most of them do a fabulous job. However there are a few malicious plug-ins that have made their way into the Outlook ecosystem. Such plug-ins are typically created by hackers with an eye on compromising your private data. In case you have downloaded and installed such a plug-in by mistake, your data is at critical risk and hence you should be able to identify such programs.
Identifying Malicious Plug-ins in Outlook
At the very outset you need to keep an eye out for any issues that you are experiencing with the Outlook application. If the application seems to hang up or crash without any reason, a malicious plug-in can be cause for the same. Next you need to carefully read any error messages that are been thrown out by the application. Typically when you have a malicious plug-in installed in the Outlook application, you are likely to receive a message mentioning “A program is trying to automatically send emails on your behalf”. If you encounter such a message you should immediately review the installed the plug-ins and check if there is something that you had not knowingly installed. In other cases messages that mention “A program is trying to access emails that you have stored in Ms Outlook” should also arouse your curiosity. Most importantly if you do discover a suspected plug-in you should immediately uninstall it as a matter of abundant caution. Next you can research about the plug-in on the internet and if required reinstall after verifying its genuineness. If you have any doubt, you can always contact Microsoft Support for further guidance.
Run a top of the line Antivirus Application
Apart from attempting to identify malicious plug-ins manually, you can run a top of the line antivirus application to weed out malicious programs. Also you should consider turning on email scanning to prevent malicious content from entering your Outlook inbox. At times even running an antispyware tool may come handy in removing such plug-ins.
A Powerful Recovery Tool can save your data after a virus attack
In the event of a virus attack on your system which has compromised the data stored in your Outlook application, just running an antivirus application may not be even. Once the antivirus tool has removed the traces the malicious program, you still need to get your data back in their original state. To do so you can run a pst recovery tool like DataNumen Outlook Repair which can bring back your data with complete integrity. The tool is also capable of recovering a whole set of PST files at once and can handle different media types like removable flash media and optical discs. Last but not the least the tool is equipped to deal with humungous PST files with aplomb.
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