We are always on the alert for scams coming to us through our email. There are phishing scams, email worms, viruses and all kinds of malware and spyware threats. Oddly enough we tend to ignore the largest threat to our computer's health. That is the loss of files due to simple negligence and file corruption. As with the virus and malware problems out difficulties start and end with emails and email archives. Microsoft Outlook Express is the free mail client packaged with Internet Explorer. As such it is the mail system that almost every computer attempts to default to.
Email archives for Outlook Express are stored as .dbx files. These can hold volumes of personal and sensitive data such as important emails containing credit card records and personal information. Obviously their loss can be more than a small problem. Unfortunately loss of .dbx files happens on a regular basis. Large changes in a .dbx file or even a single byte change in a .dbx file might leave the file completely unusable by Outlook Express.
You can recognize the need for dbx repair by the appearance of these common error messages
MSIMN caused an exception C0000006h in module Directdb.dll. The message could not be sent. There is not enough Disk space.
Unknown error has occurred. Protocol: SMTP Port: 0 Secure: No [SSL] Error: 0x800c0131
MSIMN caused an invalid page fault in module Msoe.dll
MSIMN caused an invalid page fault in module Msoe.dll at address
Outlook Express could not be started. It may not be installed correctly. Make sure that your disk is not full or that you are not out of memory. Contact Microsoft support for further assistance. (0x800c012e)
Outlook Express could not be started because Msoe.dll could not be initialized. Outlook Express may not be installed correctly.
The above error messages could be a result of damage created by:
Corruption caused due to “Compact File or Compact All Folders” option.
When antivirus programs trying to scan incoming & outgoing emails causing data corruption to .dbx files.
When vast numbers of emails in Inbox or Sent Folders causing corruption to the respective .dbx email archive.
Accidental deletion of emails or permanent deletion of emails from deleted items folders in outlook express.
Folder.dbx getting corrupt
Here are steps to repair damaged dbx files and safeguard against further corruption.
Immediately stop the email scan in your anti-virus program.
Disable automatic background compact operation.
Try to keep the minimal number of emails inside Inbox / Sent or any other important folder and create sub folders marked with date or any other indicator.
When the compact operation is running, do not use your computer until the process is over.
Buy Disk Doctors Email Recovery (.dbx) and keep it for emergency.
Make sure your computer and anti-virus products are up-to-date with the latest patches.
Backup your entire Store Folder (Identity) on a regular basis.