Microsoft Outlook is one of the most popular email clients for business communication. Despite widespread use of PST files and its several advantages– as presented in the preceding sections– there are a few challenges too. PST file corruption is one such challenge, which hampers users’ access to Outlook mailbox data and often leads to Outlook client crash.
Virus and Malware Attacks
Viruses and other malicious forms of attacks can corrupt the PST file. Some viruses that have corrupted the PST files in the past are Melissa, BleBla, Stages virus and worm explore zip. In most cases, these virus programs turn the PST file inaccessible.
Software failures such as problems in Outlook, improper recovery procedures, and abrupt shutdown can corrupt PST files. Out of these issues, the most common is wrong system recovery caused due to overwriting with garbage data and incorrect alignment of data blocks during a faulty recovery process