With Benign...

  • Neutralize any harmful threats in your inbox.
  • Download emails in complete safety.
  • Stop email tracking and protect your privacy.

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Benign takes in email and simply produces, safer email

Imagine being able to receive email which is safe from viruses, worms, scripts, web bugs, privacy threats and other security risks, without affecting your email.

Benign neutralizes or strips out the code that makes viruses, worms and scripts and other potentially harmful things run. That's why we called it Benign, it makes downloading your email safe. In fact, it's the perfect companion to our other product - MailWasher Pro.

Did you know viruses and email worms can run automatically just by reading your email? What about links called web bugs that automatically confirm you have a valid address as soon as you preview your email? If this happens, you have a good chance that some marketing companies will start sending you lots of spam because they know your address works!



In recent years, security has become a huge problem for email software and Internet service providers. Security problems are routinely found in stand alone email software such as Microsoft's Outlook and Outlook Express, with patches being issued literally every month. Users and IT managers who do not religiously upgrade their desktop as soon as these patches are released are then vulnerable to real-world attacks, and frequently, find themselves infected by a worm or virus.

People in such situations are faced not only with the time and cost to clean their own machines, but also with the embarrassment of explaining the ensuing virus email sent to their friends and clients. Businesses are finding that the damage to their client relationships can be severe, and there has been a growing awareness that businesses may be liable for damages done to the recipients of such worms as a result of the businesses' negligence.



The key point that makes Benign different is the approach that has been taken to ensure the security of your email. Whereas the majority of programs attempt to solve the problem by trying to scan for the specific problems they are aware of, Benign does it 'the proper way' - it fully decodes the email, removes anything dangerous or malicious, and then rewrites the email in such a way as to guarantee that it will be interpreted by your mail program as it should be. This is all done instantly.



Benign works with any email program, so you can use it right away. It sits quietly in your system tray stripping out the bad content from email as they come into your computer without altering the original look of the email.

It's instant! Benign won't slow you computer or email retrieval down, you'll just keep downloading your email as usual.

It's so simple to setup, just import your accounts into Benign and you're done. Benign picks up your email before your email program does and neutralizes or strips out the bad stuff. You don't have to change anything about how you normally receive your email, just receive email as you normally would and Benign will neutralize the nasties as they enter your computer.



Benign lets you filter read recipts, and block attachments or change their file name so they won't run automatically when you view them.

message attachment filtering


Choose from a range of filtering options from stripping out HTML entirely, so you're left with only a plain text message, to filtering out aspects of HTML so your received emails still look as they were intended.

html message filtering


When you read your email, you can block information being sent back to 3rd parties to protect your privacy.

privacy filtering


At any time, you can make Benign issue a comprehensive report on which email it has stripped of certain nasties, or attachments that have been renamed or stripped.



With new viruses and worms being released all the time, anti-virus companies have to quickly write new code to stop these new threats, only when they have been notified of the new threat. This doesn't help you! you may have already received the virus, or not updated your anti-virus software in time, thereby causing havoc to your computer.

In the case of email worms, these can spread so quickly across thousands of computers that widespread damage and embarrassment can occur. Don't wait until your antivirus software is updated; use Benign to neutralize all future attacks!



Since Benign takes in email and produces safer email, generally all that needs to be done is to set up your mail system to pass the email through it.

To makes things easy, you have the option of three preset levels of security, all of which can be further customized to your needs, or you can create your own security levels. Through the configuration options you have complete flexibility to control behaviour such as blocked and renamed attachments, stripping out HTML, turning on privacy features, and many other options.



Most sites will tell you that they offer fast and real support but unfortunately their promises fall short of this goal.

How do we offer the best customer support?

Because we have full-time staff whose jobs are purely to help you get the best from Benign.

Under normal circumstances, we answer all email from registered users within 24 hours, every single day of the week and weekends.

You get technical support,free upgrades and enhancements for one year.



HTML email allows you to send fancy looking emails to your friends. What is not widely known is that it can contain scripts and ActiveX components to automatically run programs to delete or modify files or let an outside user spy on you. Benign can strip out and rewrite the bad HTML or the entire HTML so just plain text is left.

Attachments can contain viruses or other threats. Some email programs allow these attachments to run automatically as soon as a user previews a measage. The most virulent virus ever, the Klez virus exploits this vulnerability. Benign can strip these attachments out or just rename them so they won't run.

Email can contain embedded images to track those who read their messages. As soon as you preview the email, it will send back information to the sender to say you have read their message and so the sender knows you have a working address and can send you more junk. Benign strips out this identifier information.

Most email programs are able to be exploited by viruses and email worms. Benign can prevent you being a victim of this vulnerability.

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Will Benign alter any of my computer settings?

The only thing Benign will do is add a .b9 extension on to the end of your POP3 settings. For example, if you have your ISP as Earthlink, it will change it from to This allows Benign to pick up the email and process it before passing it on to your email program.

Will Benign alter the way my email look?

Benign won't alter how your messages look, unless you have decided to strip out all HTML which will mean you will only get the text version of your message.

How does Benign work?

If you're not using Benign, your mail program downloads new messages by contacting the remote server on which your email is currently stored. You will be exposed to all the vulnerability email holds.

if you do use Benign, your email program will contact Benign, instead of the remote server. Benign will then send the command to the remote server and intercept the email, then filter and process the email before passing the neutralized message on to your mail program. This is all done instantly with no delay.

What happens inside Benign? When an email is intercepted by Benign, the key information is extracted and then every aspect of the email is completely rewritten with the information presented free of any malicious code. Likewise any attachments that can be used maliciously are quarantined with a new extenstion that makes it impossible for them to be automatically executed. This way Benign protects not only against known security problems but also against a large number of attacks yet to be discovered.

Is Benign an anti-virus program?

No, Benign is not an anti-virus program in the strict sense of the word. In order to catch viruses, anti-virus products match up known viruses with a virus signature. Therefore the virus has to be known. Benign® works in a way that will quarantine suspected attachments so they can't run automatically. Benign will catch all known and future email viruses and worms, but cannot catch viruses downloaded from the Internet or transferred from disk. Therefore, it is still advisable to run an updated anti-virus program.



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Latest Version:

Benign 1.5

Available for:

Available for Windows 95, 98, NT 4, ME, 2000 or XP

Works with:

Works with  POP3

File size:

1.3MB (Download time less than 1 min @256kbps)

User Comments

As the owner of a computer consulting business, many of my customers are computer novices and frequently get viruses or harmful HTML email sent to them which are opened immediately and BANG, the virus infected their computers. Then I heard about Benign software and wondered how good and helpful it would be. I tested Benign on four of my own computers. Usually I get about 200 emails a day, 80% is spam (MailWasher Pro software takes care of this issue), some of them have, of course attachments. Mostly HTML or strange file type. Needless to say, most of them are harmless, but there were situations, where a harmful attachment (like an .vb file) could have infected my computer, if a novice user had opened this email. But since I am running Benign, the program has taken care of that and renamed the file, so I needed to take some action and was aware of the harmful attachment. Benign software has also a great log file so you can see the emails processed each day. You can also configure higher or lower security for known domains. In the future, I will recommend to all my customers to install Benign software on their systems, in combination with MailWasher Pro software, a perfect solution to keep harmful spam OFF their computers. The 'Firetrust-Guys' have done a great job and I would recommend both programs to all users who have to deal with emails.

Tom S. (Queek Creek, Arizona, USA)