[Fix] Windows Live Mail Automatically Adds New Email IDs in your Contacts List or Address Book
We all know about "Windows Live Mail" which is one of the best and most popular Desktop email client for Windows from Microsoft. Its interface is clean and simple and the unique 2-column message list feature makes it different from others.
I'm using Windows Live Mail since many years and never had any problem with it. Although I don't like the new Wave 5 version of Windows Live mail which comes with ribbon UI and big fonts. You can read following article which contains my complaints about the new version of Windows Live Mail:
Recently I checked my Contacts list in Windows Live Mail and I was shocked to see that it was full of new email IDs which I never added. I was wondering why Windows Live Mail added those email IDs to my contacts list without my permission?
I checked all settings carefully and finally I found an option which was causing this issue. Actually Windows Live Mail comes with a built-in option to automatically add people you reply to your contacts list (or address book) after third reply.
Since I get lots of emails daily from various AskVG readers and there are many readers who contact me regularly regarding problems or news tips, Windows Live Mail added them to my contacts list.
This option is enabled by default. In my opinion, this option should not be enabled by default. I don't want my contacts list full of random email IDs which I never added myself.
So if you also use Windows Live Mail Desktop email client and want to manually add desired email IDs to your contact list, check out following simple steps to disable this automatic feature and to disallow Windows Live mail to automatically add email IDs to your contacts list without your permission:
1. Open Windows Live Mail and click on Options -> Mail.
2. Now go to "Send" tab and disable "Automatically put people I reply to in my address book after the third reply" option.
3. Apply the changes and now Windows Live Mail will never add any new email ID in your contacts list without your knowledge.
Do you also use any Desktop client to access your email accounts? If yes, which one is your favorite? Feel free to share your comment with others...
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