The Ms Outlook client can be credited with following a very apt security framework which is designed to protect its users from malicious programs as far as possible. In its effort to block viruses and other malware from entering your system, the Outlook client typically blocks a variety of attachments including executable file extensions by default. However this feature can at time prove to be an impediment when you are trying to download a genuine application or game file sent over via email. Let’s look at the issue in detail and learn some tips to work around the restriction.
Typical Attachments that Outlooks blocks by default
When it comes to blocking attachments, .exe files are the first victim. There is virtually no way whereby an .exe file is allowed by the Outlook application unless it is encapsulated in another format. Other file formats that Outlook seems to block include .asp extension and even database extensions like .mdb.
Getting Around the Restriction
Now if you are looking to receive a blocked attachment type file from a contact or are planning to send one, you can look at possible workarounds. To begin with you can simply archive the specific file into the .zip format and overcome the Outlook restrictions. Once the file is received, it can be unzipped to get back the original file. Alternately you can try uploading the file on a webhost and share its link. If the person you are looking to send the email is technically sound, you can simply rename an .exe file into another extension like .rtf and include a message in the email asking the recipient to change the file extension name after it has been downloaded.
Modifying Exchange Server setting or Registry entries to allow attachments
If you are using the Outlook client in your office with an Exchange server, then your administrator will have the rights to allow certain attachments types to pass through. Alternately if you are using Outlook independently, then you can consider modifying the relevant registry settings in Outlook to allow attachments. However this should only be done by advanced users after reviewing the relevant knowledgebase document from Microsoft’s support site.
Recovering Data from an Outlook Crash can be a tough without specialized tools
In case you have experienced an Outlook crash and are looking to retrieve the lost data, the approach you choose could very well determine your success rate. In case you opt to reinstall the application and manually discover the PST file, the chances of success are rare in cases of PST corruption. Alternately if you go ahead with the Microsoft’s Inbox Repair tool, you may not achieve full success as many data elements may not come back in perfect shape. Ideally you should opt a specialized and powerful pst recovery program like the venerable DataNumen Outlook Repair to retrieve your data. It can not only get back your emails but can also bring back any attachments and embedded data files too. From contacts to notes, every possible data element present in the application before the crash can be restored in pristine order with this remarkable tool.
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