Applies to: Exchange Server 2013
Topic Last Modified: 2012-10-11
The Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 anti-malware protection feature helps combat malware in your email messaging environment. Malware is comprised of viruses and spyware. Viruses infect other programs and data, and they spread throughout your computer looking for programs to infect. Spyware refers to malware that gathers your personal information, such as sign-in information and personal data, and sends it back to its author.
There are several anti-malware protection options in Exchange 2013:
- Built-in anti-malware protection in Exchange
2013 You can use the built-in Exchange
on-premises anti-malware protection feature in order to help you
combat malware. This basic anti-malware protection can be turned
off, replaced, or paired with a cloud-based service (such as
Microsoft Exchange Online Protection or Microsoft Forefront Online
Protection for Exchange) to provide a layered defense. For more
information about typical questions and answers regarding the
product’s built-in anti-malware capabilities, see Anti-Malware FAQ.
For information about configuring the default anti-malware policy
so that it is tailored to best meet the needs of your organization,
the Default Anti-Malware Policy.
- Cloud-hosted anti-malware
protection You can elect to purchase the
Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (FOPE) hosted
email filtering service or the next version of this service,
Exchange Online Protection (EOP). The service leverages
partnerships with several best of breed anti-malware engines,
thereby providing efficient, cost effective, multi-layered
Note: EOP anti-malware protection features are included in Microsoft Exchange Online. For more information about these features, see Anti-Malware Protection.
- Third-party anti-malware protection You
can also use a third-party anti-malware protection program. In this
case, you may want to disable the built-in anti-malware protection;
for more information, see Disable or Bypass