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Get Rid of AVG’s ‘No Virus Found’ Email Footers

image I highly recommend Grisoft’s AVG’s Free antivirus software (v. 8.x available here) and the free Windows Defender (spyware protection) to my friends and family as cornerstone software in the ongoing battle to keep their computers safe and secure. AVG is powerful and very processor efficient. In other words, it doesn’t suck the life out of your computer like Norton and McAfee do.

But with the default AVG installation settings, pesky "No Virus Found" footers like the one shown below appear at the end of every email you send and receive.

No virus found in this outgoing message.
Checked by AVG.
Version: 7.5.524 / Virus Database: 269.23.10/1421 – Release Date: 07/05/2008 5:23 PM

They are pointless and serve only as a marketing tool for AVG. They become especially egregious as they pile up, one after the other, at the end of long email discussions.

With a few tweaks to the default AVG settings, they can easily be removed.

Below I show you how to get rid of them in both AVG 8 and the older AVG 7.5.

Removing From AVG 8.x

  • Right click on the AVG icon in the system tray on the bottom right of your computer
  • Select "Open AVG User Interface"

AVG 8 Free - Launch User Interface

  • Left click on "Tools"
  • Left click on the "Advanced Settings" option

AVG 8 Free - User Interface

  • Select (left click) on the Email Scanner option on the left (see below)
  • Uncheck both the ‘certify email’ check boxes (circled in red below)
  • Note: The ‘check outgoing email – certify email’ option on the right can be tricky. It is grayed out by default.
    • First check the "Check outgoing email" check box (circled in green below) if it is not already checked, to un-grey out the ‘certify-mail’ checkbox below it.
    • Now uncheck the ‘certify e-mail’ check box (circled in red below)
    • Then uncheck the "Check outgoing email" check box (circled in green below) that you you just checked above – unless you want AVG to also check your outgoing email.
  • Finally, left click the ‘Apply’ button at the bottom right.

AVG 8 Free - Advanced AVG Settings

 

Removing From AVG 7.5

  • Right click on the AVG icon in the system tray in the bottom right of your computer
  • Select "Launch AVG Free Control Center"

 AVG System Tray Box

  • Left click on the "Email Scanner" component to select it (see image below)
  • Left click on the "Properties" button on the bottom right (see image below)

AVG Control Center

  • This opens the Email Scanner settings box (below)

AVG Email Scanner Component Setings

  • Click on the "Configure" button (see above)
  • Uncheck both of the "Certify mail" check boxes circled in red in the image below (temporarily check the "Check outgoing mail" box to uncheck the ‘Certify mail" box below it).

AVG Email Certification Options

That’s it!

Be sure to keep the "Check incoming mail" box checked. Whether you want to use your computer’s cycles to check outgoing messages is up to you. I only check incoming messages because I know my PCs are secure.

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  1. // Reply

    I’m searching how to set the email footer. Now I found it at your site. Thanks so much!


  2. // Reply

    Excellent! And three cheers for Google’s supporting the bloggisphere!rnrn…Dale


  3. // Reply

    Thanks so much. I just installed the free edition on a new computer and thought, “Oh no, I’m going to have those stupid ads on everything again – wonder if I can get rid of it?” and Google led me straight to you.


  4. // Reply

    They never seemed to interfere with my Yahoo Mail. 😉 Though I prefered the look of Avast, used in conjunction with Comodo.


  5. // Reply

    No, these only occur if you use email apps like Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Thunderbird etc. on your PC. AVG does not place these messages on web-based email.


  6. // Reply

    Thanks for the handy tip. I hated emails go to and from my work containing that certified ad on the bottom.


  7. // Reply

    What about a filter to remove these tag lines from someone else’s virus scanner so that Outlook or Thunderbird will hide or delete them when reading the mail (unless of course they say “is infected…”)?


  8. // Reply

    Luke, putting this post up WAS my filter! I hated getting those footers so much I wrote this post. I now point people to it every time I get an email with that footer in it! :)

    …Dale


  9. // Reply

    Can we remove these comments already added to the recieved mails in the outlook?


  10. // Reply

    Ravi, once and email is sent, its sent. You can strip them out if you are forwarding the email, simply by deleting them. Otherwise, they are stuck on all emails previously sent.


  11. // Reply

    Thanks so much. I just installed the free edition on a new computer and thought, “Oh no, I'm going to have those stupid ads on everything again – wonder if I can get rid of it?” and Google led me straight to you.

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