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Thunderbird: “The server may have gone down or there may be a network problem” [SOLVED]

Bizare issue on OS X 10.6 effecting both Mail and Thunderbird. Mail simply fails to download inbox, silently without error – helpful. Thunderbird reports “server email@example.org has disconnected. The server may have gone down or there may be a network problem”

Cause avast email virus scanner. Solution. Disable email virus scanner.

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