Thunderbird lost my inbox

Yup… Thunderbird just “lost” my entire inbox.  I know that sometimes Symmantec Antivirus used to find a virus in my inbox and it would quarantine the entire inbox file and I would say “bye bye inbox” until I got Symmantec to un-quarantine the file – it hasn’t done that for ages though, it now scans the mails as I’m downloading them so it removes the virii before they even reach my mailbox.  But today my inbox went missing.  Symmantec’s logs say it did nothing to it, the event log on my PC says that nothing happened to it.  But my Inbox file is now 0bytes in size.

I use Thunderbird because of its cool bayesian junk mail filtering, but I think I’d rather deal with junk mail manually than run the risk of losing my entire inbox again.  (And thanks to the fact that I’ve not had a working pc at home for about 3 months I don’t have copies of the mails at home – usually I’d at least have the mails at both home and at work.)

So now I think I’m going to go back to using Outlook Express.  I got a copy of Outlook 2002 with my i-Mate, but I can’t seem to get it to get setup so that each of my 3 mail accounts has its mail delivered to a different inbox.  I don’t want to mix my personal mails with website related stuff and my wife’s mails…  I want them separate.  I can do that in Outlook Express and with Thunderbird but for some reason I couldn’t seem to get Outlook 2002 to do it.

Anyway, if you know of any good anti-spam products that would work for Outlook Express please let me know. πŸ™‚

[Update: I switched on my PC this morning and Symmantec popped up a message to say that it had just quarantined my Inbox. (Its logged date for the quarantine was around 9am on the 22nd of June 2005.)  So I told it to un-quarantine it, and lo and behold when I opened up Thunderbird all my mails were back!  I have no idea how they managed to disappear yesterday and reappear today or how Symmantec managed to quarantine a copy of my mailbox this morning that didn’t exist yesterday. Anyway, its back… Yay]

3 replies on “Thunderbird lost my inbox”

It’s called gmail. πŸ˜‰

And with their pop3 access, and the fact that you can leave the mail on their server for backup purposes, it’s lovely to use…

With some clever filtering on your and gmail’s side, you could filter your work mail through gmail too. πŸ™‚ I don’t do that though, Thunderbird’s never lost my Inbox. Must be because I don’t run it on Windows? πŸ˜‰

Hrm… I started swapping back to Outlook Express and the little sucker has already pissed me off enough to make me think again about using Thunderbird.

I guess I could setup a gmail account for each address, forward all my mails to the right addresses, and then just download each account via pop3 using the corresponding gmail account.

That way I could leave stuff on the server indefinately, so I’d have web access, pop3 access and spam filtering all in one. Ok, so I think I’m gonna try set it up. If I get it working I’ll post an entry about it…

I was using Thunderbird 0.8 on Windows XP Professional. I receive many emails from Japan with malicious attachments. Thunderbird is good automatically detecting the Junk. I NEVER open the attachments.

I was running Symantec Anti-virus with auto-protect and email scan. Starting one month ago, my Inbox file became 0bytes long during the download of the messages from the server. I found the file was not quarantined by Symantec AV. I disabled Symantec, and soon the Inbox disappeared again and third time.

I stopped using Thunderbird for a while. Today, I uninstalled the old Thunderbird and erased the Profile in my Application Settings. I installed Thunderbird 1.5 Beta 1, created a new account and downloaded my mail. After creating some filters I started marking some messages as Junk. Note: The Anti-Virus program is not running! After I marked a certain email as Junk, my Inbox became 0bytes long.

WARNING! It seems an attachment is erasing my Inbox without execution!

If you have any experience with this sort of problem, or can recommend a more secure Email program, please respond.

I would love to continue to use Thunderbird, but it may be too dangerous.



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