A piece of my mind

Scanning Gmail POP3 + Thunderbird for viruses

I’ve been using Gmail POP3 and Thunderbird for a while, until I realize my current antivirus software is not checking the mail that I received and sent.
So I start searching the Internet and found out that my current antivirus software has compability issues with Thunderbird. You can check it in this link.

Fortunately I have Avast! installed in my PC (I work all this thing in my laptop). So I uninstall my current antivirus software and install Avast!

I play around with Avast! configuration so it could scan my incoming and outgoing email from Gmail. But I have no luck. So I start searching again and found the solution in Avast! Web Forum. And this is how it’s done!

Software that I use:
Mozilla Thunderbird 1.0.2
Avast! 4.6 Home Edition
Win32 OpenSSL
Stunnel 4.10
and of course a Gmail account :p

  1. Install Mozzila Thunderbird
  2. Set up a new account in Mozzila Thunderbird

    In POP setting use this:
    login: yourlogin@gmail.com
    server: 127.0.0.1
    port: 10995
    security protocol : none (“secure connection (SSL)” unchecked and “secure authenticate” unchecked)

    In SMTP setting use this:
    login: yourlogin@gmail.com
    server: 127.0.0.1
    port: 10587
    security protocol : none (“secure connection” : “none” checked)

  3. Install Avast! 4.6 Home Edition
  4. Install Win32 OpenSSL
  5. Put the stunnel-4.10.exe in any directory. I put it in C:\stunnel
    Create a new file with notepad and named it stunnel.conf
    The content of the stunnel.conf is like this:

    client=yes

    # POP3 service, listens on localhost:10995
    [gmail-pop3s]
    accept=127.0.0.1:10995
    connect=pop.gmail.com:995
    #or the SSL port of your Secure POP server if you use another service.

    # SMTP service, listens on localhost:10587
    [gmail-smtps]
    accept=127.0.0.1:10587
    connect=smtp.gmail.com:587
    protocol=smtp
    #or the SSL port of your Secure SMTP server if you use another service.

    don’t forget to save the file :p

  6. Find a file avast.ini in Avast! installation directory.
    Find the mail scanner section and edit it like this:

    [MailScanner]
    Log=20
    ShowTrayIcon=1
    AutoSetProtection=0
    PassThrough=1
    Trust=127.0.0.1
    AutoRedirect=1
    StartSmtp=1
    StartPop=1
    StartImap=1
    StartNntp=1
    PopRedirectPort=110,10995
    SmtpRedirectPort=25,10587
    ImapRedirectPort=143
    NntpRedirectPort=119
    IgnoreLocalhost=0
    IgnoreAddress=

    save the file and done :D

Now your incoming and ouotgoing mail from Gmail that POP-ed using Thunderbird will be scan for viruses by Avast!

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