Re: Outlook Express hangs on connecting

Recent NIS (and, dare I say, NAV) updates have created a massive amount of problems for many users, Neil.

YW.  /Hopefully/ you've kept Email Protection disabled.
~PA Bear

Neil UK wrote:
I said I would get back to you: I switched off the email scanning. I also
attempted to use your advice on creating a new identity. Frankly, without
your expertise, that exercise created such confusion that I found it
necessary to use System Restore to go back to yesterday.

Ultimately, the monthly Windows Update was downloaded and installed. After
rebooting I had no problems with email connecting hang.

Then I checked Norton Live Update and found that the security downloads
that I had installed previously were now (because of System Restore, I
presume) back in space waiting to be downloaded and installed a second
time. So I did, and then rebooted and then the email system hung on

So I bit the bullet and uninstalled NIS 2005, plus Live Update plus Norton
Security Centre. I then spent a long time reinstalling NIS 2005, followed
by downloading 38MB of general updates, which were also installed. After a
reboot, there was no problem. Everything worked fine.

My regards and thanks to all who answered this thread.

"PA Bear" wrote:

> 1. Disable email scanning by your anti-virus application. It provides
> no additional protection and even Symantec says it's not necessary:
> <paste>
> Disabling Email Scanning does not leave you unprotected against viruses
> that are distributed as email attachments. Norton AntiVirus
> Auto-Protect scans incoming files as they are saved to your hard drive,
> including email and email attachments. Email Scanning is just another
> layer on top of this. To make sure that Auto-Protect is providing the
> maximum protection, keep Auto-Protect enabled and run LiveUpdate
> regularly to ensure that you have the most recent virus definitions.
> </paste>
> 2. Your current Identity may be damaged, especially if its the default
> Main Identity. Try one or more of your accounts in a new Named Identity
> (File>Identities>Add new identity). Assuming all is well, import
> messages from the old Identity before deleting it
> (File>Identities>Manage Identities).
> To avoid such corruption in future:
> Don't use Inbox or Sent Items to archive messages. Move them to local
> folders created for this purpose.
> Empty Deleted Items folder daily.
> Disable Background Compacting [N/A in SP2] and frequently perform a
> manual compact of all OE folders while "working offline". More at
> Do not attempt to close OE via Task Manager or shutdown your machine if
> Automatic Compacting is taking place (WinXP SP2 only).
> Your anti-virus application's email scanning feature can also cause such
> corruption. Disable it. It provides no additional protection.
> --
> OE6-specific newsgroup:
> news://
> OE General newsgroup:
> news://
> ~Robear Dyer (PA Bear)
> MS MVP-Windows (IE/OE) & Security, AH-VSOP
> Neil UK wrote:
> > Hi Everyone
> >
> > I am operating a Sony Vaio laptop XP SP2. Recently, whenever I have
> > downloaded anything that requires the system to be rebooted, I find
> > afterwaards on attempting to open Outlook Express that the application
> > hangs on "Connecting". The only way I have found to correct this is to
> > use System Restore back one or two days. Naturally this sometimes
> > defeats the object if the download was, for instance, a Windows
> > update, which is removed from the system after the restoration.
> > Besides which one cannot spend all one's time restoring the system.
> >
> > If anyone can advise me how to address this issue, I should be most
> > grateful.