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A Program is Trying to Send an E-mail on Your Behalf

While using the Microsoft Office Suite, you may come across a misleading error which states that "A program is trying to send and e-mail on your behalf." This tends to send people looking towards their local antivirus software for a solution but the actual solution is often much simpler.


As you can see from the error message, Outlook is the program reporting the issue.  In many cases you will find that there is a form, often from a program like Microsoft Access, that is trying to pass an e-mail request through Outlook and the activity is seen as "suspicious."

This setting can be disabled in the follow manner:

  • Open Outlook as an Administrator
  • Go to the "Trust Center Settings" in the Outlook Options section:


  • On the next menu you can select: "Never Warn me about suspicious activity."  This will allow programs on your machine to send e-mails through Outlook moving forward.

Beringer Associates is always here to provide expert knowledge in topics like these. Please contact us with any questions you may have.



Rob is the CTO of Beringer Technology Group, and focuses his efforts on software development, cloud engineering, team mentoring and strategic technical direction. Rob has worked with Beringer since 2005, and has influenced every department from Development, Security, Implementation, Support and Sales. Rob graduated with his MBA from Rowan University in 2012, earned his Bachelors of Computer Science in 1997, and is current with several Microsoft technical certifications. Rob is very active, and loves to mountain bike, weight train, cook and hike with his dog pack.