Solving SMTP server connection problem

  • Q: When I try to send an email the following error message is displayed: "Couldn't connect to server, Error: No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it". What is the problem and how can I fix it?
  • A: The common reasons of this error message and solutions are:

Outgoing mail server not specified. To send email, it is necessary to specify outgoing mail server address (SMTP). If you do not know what is the address of SMTP server, either try to look in settings of another mail application, contact your network administrator or Internet Service Provider. SMTP server can be specified by using -SMTP parameter.

C:\>febootimail -SMTP smtp.server.com

SMTP server port is other than default 25. Use -PORT command to specify the port used by your outgoing mail server.

C:\>febootimail -SMTP smtp.server.com -PORT 587

Username and password is not specified. If your SMTP mail server requires authentication, username and password should be specified in order to send emails.

C:\>febootimail -AUTH AUTO -USERNAME David28 -PASSWORD ********** -SMTP smtp.example.com

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