Manually Update Content Filter Data by Using Microsoft Update

[This topic's current status is: Revising Per Edit.]

Applies to: Exchange Server 2010 Topic Last Modified: 2009-10-02

Content filter updates contain updated data about phishing Web sites, Microsoft SmartScreen spam heuristics, and other Intelligent Message Filter updates. Content filter updates are generally about 6 megabytes (MB) and contain data that's useful for longer periods of time than other updated spam data. Content filter updates are published every two weeks through Microsoft Update.

Looking for other management tasks related to managing anti-spam and antivirus features? Check out Managing Anti-Spam and Antivirus Features.

You need to be assigned permissions before you can perform this procedure. To see what permissions you need, see the "Anti-spam updates" entry in the Transport Permissions topic.

  1. On the computer where you want to update the content filter data, visit Microsoft Update.
    Microsoft Update requires a one-time opt-in process. If you haven't yet opted in to Microsoft Update, the Microsoft Update link takes you to the Microsoft Windows Update Web site. Microsoft Update only updates binaries and data for the Windows operating system. To keep Microsoft Exchange and the content filter data up to date, you must opt in to Microsoft Update. If you haven't visited Windows Update before, you may have to install a Microsoft ActiveX control.
  2. If you haven't opted in to Microsoft Update, follow the link to Microsoft Update.
  3. On the Keep your computer up to date page, click Custom.
  4. On the Customize your results page, find the Exchange link in the left pane under Select by Product. If no Exchange link exists, the latest updates have already been installed on the computer. Otherwise, click the Exchange link.
  5. On the Select Updates for Exchange Server page, select Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Standard Anti-spam Filter Updates, and then click Review and install updates.