Symantec Encryption Desktop (PGP Desktop) can sign, verify, encrypt and decrypt S/MIME messages. See article the following KB for more information on this topic:
158199 - Sending and receiving S/MIME encrypted email with third parties who do not use Encryption Management Server
If Microsoft Outlook is trying to perform S/MIME for Encryption or Verification of signed emails, you may find that PGP Desktop could run into some potential collisions as PGP Desktop will also attempt to validate SMIME signatures.
This article will provide information on how to allow Outlook to do the verification instead of PGP Desktop.
If you are a managed PGP Desktop client, meaning the (Symantec Encryption Management Server) PGP Server is managing the policies and email rules, follow the steps below:
Login to the PGP Server and click on the appropriate Consumer Policy that manages the PGP Desktop clients in question.
Add the policy option passthroughInboundSMIME to each relevant consumer policy. This will cause PGP Desktop to ignore inbound S/MIME messages. To do this:
In terms of outbound messages, Encryption Desktop will only try to encrypt or sign these using S/MIME if you use the Encrypt and/or Sign buttons or include specific text such as [pgp] in the Subject.
Update policy on the PGP Desktop client and re-launch Outlook.
If you are a standalone client, this can be done by editing "both" values for passthroughInboundSMIME as shown above. Use Notepad++ or another text editor to modify the PGPPrefs.xml file in %appdata%\PGP Corporation\PGP.
Once the above has happened on standalone, re-launch PGP Desktop and outlook (Rebooting may be easiest) and then PGP Desktop will no longer attempt to validate SMIME-signed emails.
For further guidance, please reach out to Symantec Encryption Support.