You receive the "0x80004005 : The operation failed" error message when you receive new e-mail messages in Outlook

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When you manage e-mail with Microsoft Outlook, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • When new e-mail messages arrive in your Inbox, you may receive the following error message:

    Sending and receiving reported error "0x80004005" : The operation failed.
  • When you send e-mail messages, you may receive one of the following error messages:


This issue may occur if you are using Norton AntiVirus with the script blocking feature enabled.


To resolve this issue, visit the following Symantec Web site to obtain either an updated version of Norton AntiVirus or to receive help with the reconfiguration of Norton AntiVirus:


To work around this issue, use one of the following methods:

Method 1: Disable Script Blocking in Norton AntiVirus

Warning This workaround may make your computer or your network more vulnerable to attack by malicious users or by malicious software such as viruses. We do not recommend this workaround but are providing this information so that you can implement this workaround at your own discretion. Use this workaround at your own risk.
In Norton AntiVirus, turn off the "Enable script blocking" feature.

For more information about how to do this, view your product documentation or contact Symantec Corporation.

Method 2: Disable New-Mail notification in Outlook

Note This resolution may help with the issue with new e-mail, but it does not fix the issue with sending e-mail messages.

To disable New-Mail notifications, follow these steps:

  1. In Outlook, click Options on the Tools menu, and then click the Preferences tab.
  2. Click E-mail Options, and then click to clear the Display a notification message when new mail arrives check box.
  3. Click OK two times.

More Information

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