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Sending .exe files?

  1. #1


    Chet Guest

    Sending .exe files?

    Hello group,

    Windows Vista mail won't let me send a file with an .exe extension because
    the program thinks this is a virus. But it's not a virus; it's a legitimate
    file. Is there a a way to persuade Windows Mail to let me send this file?

    Thanks


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  3. #2


    Hal Hostetler [MVP-P/I] Guest

    Re: Sending .exe files?

    Change the ".exe" part of the name to something else and tell your recipient
    to change the name back to what it should be before they try to use it.

    Hal
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    "Chet" <azgraybeard@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:EA0E6BA4-04AE-40F4-85E7-B3B9891FFD6D@xxxxxx

    > Hello group,
    >
    > Windows Vista mail won't let me send a file with an .exe extension because
    > the program thinks this is a virus. But it's not a virus; it's a
    > legitimate file. Is there a a way to persuade Windows Mail to let me send
    > this file?
    >
    > Thanks

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  4. #3


    andré van uytrcht Guest

    Re: Sending .exe files?


    "Chet" <azgraybeard@xxxxxx> a écrit dans le message de
    news:EA0E6BA4-04AE-40F4-85E7-B3B9891FFD6D@xxxxxx

    > Hello group,
    >
    > Windows Vista mail won't let me send a file with an .exe extension because
    > the program thinks this is a virus. But it's not a virus; it's a
    > legitimate file. Is there a a way to persuade Windows Mail to let me send
    > this file?
    >
    > Thanks

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  5. #4


    Patrick Keenan Guest

    Re: Sending .exe files?

    "Chet" <azgraybeard@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:EA0E6BA4-04AE-40F4-85E7-B3B9891FFD6D@xxxxxx

    > Hello group,
    >
    > Windows Vista mail won't let me send a file with an .exe extension because
    > the program thinks this is a virus. But it's not a virus; it's a
    > legitimate file. Is there a a way to persuade Windows Mail to let me send
    > this file?
    >
    > Thanks
    Sending an EXE is less of a problem, because you'll have a bigger problem at
    the other end. You won't be able to reliably send these files; many mail
    servers will block delivery of EXE attachments for basic security reasons.

    You will have precisely zero control over whether the intended recipient
    actually gets the mail at all, let alone the file.

    Repackage the file in another format (such as ZIP or RAR - though some mail
    systems also block these), or post it on a web or FTP space somewhere, and
    tell the recipient where it is. They can then download it outside of the
    mail client.

    HTH
    -pk



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  6. #5


    Hal Hostetler [MVP-P/I] Guest

    Re: Sending .exe files?

    Anymore, virtually all server-based A/V systems will remove suspect files
    from within ZIP and most other archival files. Changing the file extent is
    the simplest way around this, however, using FTP outside of email, as you
    suggest, is an excellent alternative.

    Hal
    --
    Hal Hostetler, CPBE -- hhh@xxxxxx
    Senior Engineer/MIS -- MS MVP-Print/Imaging -- WA7BGX
    http://www.kvoa.com -- "When News breaks, we fix it!"
    KVOA Television, Tucson, AZ. NBC Channel 4
    Still Cadillacin' - www.badnewsbluesband.com

    "Patrick Keenan" <test@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:%23FiGGeHkJHA.4448@xxxxxx

    > "Chet" <azgraybeard@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:EA0E6BA4-04AE-40F4-85E7-B3B9891FFD6D@xxxxxx

    >> Hello group,
    >>
    >> Windows Vista mail won't let me send a file with an .exe extension
    >> because the program thinks this is a virus. But it's not a virus; it's a
    >> legitimate file. Is there a a way to persuade Windows Mail to let me send
    >> this file?
    >>
    >> Thanks
    >
    > Sending an EXE is less of a problem, because you'll have a bigger problem
    > at the other end. You won't be able to reliably send these files; many
    > mail servers will block delivery of EXE attachments for basic security
    > reasons.
    >
    > You will have precisely zero control over whether the intended recipient
    > actually gets the mail at all, let alone the file.
    >
    > Repackage the file in another format (such as ZIP or RAR - though some
    > mail systems also block these), or post it on a web or FTP space
    > somewhere, and tell the recipient where it is. They can then download it
    > outside of the mail client.
    >
    > HTH
    > -pk
    >

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  7. #6


    Patrick Keenan Guest

    Re: Sending .exe files?

    "Chet" <azgraybeard@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:1F369B84-1C21-4A61-B77D-6DF7A7C4193A@xxxxxx

    > Right you are, of course. I hadn't thought of the problem on the receiving
    > end. Actually, I like the method of merely changing the extension. Thank
    > you all for answering.
    Unfortunately, that tactic sometimes doesn't work either, if the scanners at
    the other end look at the start of the attachment. They can detect the
    real type of file, regardless of extension, and block it accordingly.

    If that happens repeatedly, depending on who you are sending to, you can
    find that your email address is added to a server's blacklist and your mail
    is shuffled to a spam box. It can be hard to track this down.

    And you're welcome.

    HTH
    -pk

    >
    >
    > "Patrick Keenan" <test@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:%23FiGGeHkJHA.4448@xxxxxx

    >> "Chet" <azgraybeard@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:EA0E6BA4-04AE-40F4-85E7-B3B9891FFD6D@xxxxxx

    >>> Hello group,
    >>>
    >>> Windows Vista mail won't let me send a file with an .exe extension
    >>> because the program thinks this is a virus. But it's not a virus; it's a
    >>> legitimate file. Is there a a way to persuade Windows Mail to let me
    >>> send this file?
    >>>
    >>> Thanks
    >>
    >> Sending an EXE is less of a problem, because you'll have a bigger problem
    >> at the other end. You won't be able to reliably send these files; many
    >> mail servers will block delivery of EXE attachments for basic security
    >> reasons.
    >>
    >> You will have precisely zero control over whether the intended recipient
    >> actually gets the mail at all, let alone the file.
    >>
    >> Repackage the file in another format (such as ZIP or RAR - though some
    >> mail systems also block these), or post it on a web or FTP space
    >> somewhere, and tell the recipient where it is. They can then download
    >> it outside of the mail client.
    >>
    >> HTH
    >> -pk
    >>
    >


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  8. #7


    Steve Cochran Guest

    Re: Sending .exe files?

    Very often if I rename an exe attachment to exe.txt it gets through and then
    the user can just remove the .txt part. It gets through lots of AV
    software.

    steve

    "Patrick Keenan" <test@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:uxELL9IkJHA.5812@xxxxxx

    > "Chet" <azgraybeard@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:1F369B84-1C21-4A61-B77D-6DF7A7C4193A@xxxxxx

    >> Right you are, of course. I hadn't thought of the problem on the
    >> receiving end. Actually, I like the method of merely changing the
    >> extension. Thank you all for answering.
    >
    > Unfortunately, that tactic sometimes doesn't work either, if the scanners
    > at the other end look at the start of the attachment. They can detect
    > the real type of file, regardless of extension, and block it accordingly.
    >
    > If that happens repeatedly, depending on who you are sending to, you can
    > find that your email address is added to a server's blacklist and your
    > mail is shuffled to a spam box. It can be hard to track this down.
    >
    > And you're welcome.
    >
    > HTH
    > -pk
    >

    >>
    >>
    >> "Patrick Keenan" <test@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:%23FiGGeHkJHA.4448@xxxxxx

    >>> "Chet" <azgraybeard@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >>> news:EA0E6BA4-04AE-40F4-85E7-B3B9891FFD6D@xxxxxx
    >>>> Hello group,
    >>>>
    >>>> Windows Vista mail won't let me send a file with an .exe extension
    >>>> because the program thinks this is a virus. But it's not a virus; it's
    >>>> a legitimate file. Is there a a way to persuade Windows Mail to let me
    >>>> send this file?
    >>>>
    >>>> Thanks
    >>>
    >>> Sending an EXE is less of a problem, because you'll have a bigger
    >>> problem at the other end. You won't be able to reliably send these
    >>> files; many mail servers will block delivery of EXE attachments for
    >>> basic security reasons.
    >>>
    >>> You will have precisely zero control over whether the intended recipient
    >>> actually gets the mail at all, let alone the file.
    >>>
    >>> Repackage the file in another format (such as ZIP or RAR - though some
    >>> mail systems also block these), or post it on a web or FTP space
    >>> somewhere, and tell the recipient where it is. They can then download
    >>> it outside of the mail client.
    >>>
    >>> HTH
    >>> -pk
    >>>
    >>
    >
    >

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