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Mail clients take forever to contact POP server

Hi all,

I am running WinXP with Mozilla Thunderbird and Outlook Express on 5 different POP mail accounts.

Up to last week I did not experience any problems.

However, since re-installing the McAfee suite last week I am experiencing the following problem:

Contacting the respective POP mail accounts takes exactly 60 sec. The message displayed in Thunderbird or Outlook reads (correspondingly) "contacting POP.[server].[domain]". After those 60 sec of "hibernation" the actual download of the mails is fast and smooth. The problem is reproducible and independent of the POP server queried (I have accounts with several independent providers) and mail client (Thunderbird and Outlook Express).

I am suspecting the McAfee suite and its Firewall function...

Before problem:

McAfee suite withOUT McAfee Firewall and SiteAdvisor.

ZoneAlarm Firewall


Reinstalled McAfee suite (after purging the system clean with McAfee's Total Removal Tool)

McAfee Firewall


No ZoneAlarm

Nothing else changed on the system

My little taskbar POP mail notifier program has no problems contacting the POP servers.

Deactivating the McAfee Firewall does not remedy the problem.

Any ideas?

Anyone with the same issue?

Help appreciated!


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Re: Mail clients take forever to contact POP server

Don't know if you have solved your problem.  I'm on Windows 7 and Outlook 2007, but have a similar problem..  Try turning off the real time attachement option under real time scans.   This solved the problem for me, although doesn't solve the real issue.  I spent two hours with mcafee and they couldn't figure it out.  So while the protection is less (becareful about attachments), at least you can get our email.

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