I'm a bit hampered now because I've just discovered the people's computer where I was using AVG has just been decommissioned & replaced. I can't send test emails to see exactly what AVG does, as I use Avast myself. Grr.
joyjg, AVG's explanation is that the "Disabled" setting refers to scanning, so that by default, outgoing emails are not scanned. We should expect they are explaining it properly.
Since the setting was in the proxy section, it seemed to me at first that it would be the proxy that was disabled, since this would be a "safety first" setting. The way they explain it, if you want the safest setting, you should have that setting enabled.
Since you have Outlook Express operating, do you also have a webmail account like hotmail or Gmail? If so, you can check what AVG does by sending an email from your computer using OE, to your webmail address. Make sure the option in AVG to add a "scanned by AVG" notice to emails is enabled. When SMTP scanning is set to be active, the email that you sent, in your webmail inbox, will have the notice added to the bottom of the text, confirming the email was scanned before being sent. If you don't have a webmail address, send an email to a friend and ask them if it had the notice at the bottom.
That would make sure we're reading the FAQ right.
Edited by Platypus, 15 January 2008 - 08:32 AM.