When virus writers & spammers realized that they could make use of Outlook’s built-in macro language (VBA) to perform mass-mailings, Microsoft responded by issuing a security patch that has been in Office ever since. The patch intercepts external attempts to use MAPI to send emails, and forces the user to approve the outgoing emails by issuing the following prompt:
“A program is trying to access e-mail addresses you have stored in Outlook. Do you want to allow this?”
This is a commendable security feature, but it’s terribly annoying if you run software (or a script) that legitimately sends email via MAPI. Perhaps the most frustrating thing about it is that you’re forced to wait for 5 seconds before you can signal your approval; in other words it’s guaranteed to interrupt your work flow and have you gnashing your teeth. It’s deliberately user-unfriendly!
Happily PTFB Pro can handle this annoyance for you, and it’s very easy to set up:
1. Open up PTFB Pro’s main window
2. Click on “Single Press” (you MUST use single press for this rather than a macro)
3. Move the cursor over the appropriate button on the Outlook security prompt and click the mouse
4. Go back to PTFB Pro and hit “Start Watching” to put PTFB Pro into action.
That’s all there is to it. From now on PTFB Pro will automatically respond to the Outlook security prompt for you, and the best thing is PTFB Pro doesn’t have to wait 5 seconds – it’ll do it instantly if you want (just reduce the default initial delay from 1 sec to zero). You can safely leave your PC chugging through your script and go have a coffee, and PTFB Pro will keep things running smoothly in your absence.
On a final note, please bear in mind that Microsoft added this security feature to Outlook with the best of intentions. PTFB Pro can’t discriminate between legitimate attempts to send email and the work of rogue scripts and viruses – if you use PTFB Pro to override the warning dialogs, you assume the associated risks.
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