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Sending .exe files?

C
#1
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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Hal Hostetler [MVP-P/I]

#2
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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Senior Engineer/MIS -- MS MVP-Print/Imaging -- WA7BGX
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KVOA Television, Tucson, AZ. NBC Channel 4
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"Chet" <azgraybeard@xxxxxx> wrote in message
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> 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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andré van uytrcht

#3
"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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P

Patrick Keenan

#4
"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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H

Hal Hostetler [MVP-P/I]

#5
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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P

Patrick Keenan

#6
"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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Steve Cochran

#7
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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