How to Unblock Athena Smart Cards


Older versions of the Athena Smart Card reader device drivers have been known to cause crashes in Postbox, specifically, versions and lower of asepkcs.dll

If you are receiving a message in Postbox that the Athena Smart Card is being blocked, we strongly suggest that you update to a later version of asepkcs.dll. If this is not possible, you can unblock the older version by following these instructions:

  1. Open Windows Explorer
  2. Right-click on "This PC" and select "Properties"

  3. Click on "Advanced System Settings"

  4. Click on "Environment Variables..."

  5. In the top section, labeled "User variables", click on "New..."

  6. Variable name: "PB_ASEPKCS_DLL_ALLOW"
    Variable value: 1

  7. Click "OK" to close out the dialogs

  8. Restart Postbox

To resume blocking the Athena Smart Card reader, repeat the steps above but at step 5 choose to "Delete" the environment variable for "PB_ASEPKCS_DLL_ALLOW".

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