I have suddenly started to receive dozens of Spam e-mails every day. Many of them are offering Viagra (not that I need it)and other such products. The sender's address is total gobbledygook,and I have most definitely not ordered anything. As a matter of fact I have never purchased anything on line. I have repeatedly used the Outlook Express word blocking facility to no avail, still they get through. Can anyone help?
I used to use SpamPal when I was getting about 40 spams a day. I then decided to change my email address and the new address stayed clean and completed spam free even though I had deliberately included it on three of my web sites for well over a year. I then got a couple of spams and changed it again. This did not seem too much of a problem because I use a permanent forwarding address provided by Southampton University. Had a spam through that a couple of days ago, though. Damn!
I am with NTL, up to December 04 I was getting about 90 per day! Then they started to filter spam so the amount has reduced to about 30 per day. I have set up 'Message Rules' in Outlook Express, this sends a lot of them straight to the deleted folder. A lot still get through because the spammers purposely misspell certain words, or add weird characters in between letters. This stops 'Message Rules' redirecting them. I also have Norton AntiSpam, this is very good, but it does not stop the spam, it merely sends them directly to the deleted folder.
I had very little spam when I was on NTL Dial-Up, but since going NTL Broadband it increased dramatically. I have two email addresses, the 2nd one never receives any spam!
I use Bigfoot as my forwarder so that if I change my ISP I don't have to notify everyone in my address book, and Bigfoot provide a cheap optional extra that blocks spam. Since I subscribed to that I get virtually no spam, whereas before that there were perhaps a dozen a day and increasing. I also use messge rules (as describd by Freaky).
I was in your situation about a year ago. I created a second Email address and sent it only to friends or family. At the same time, I bought McAfee's Professional Anti-virus (for two computers) and I do not use Outlook Express at all. I use only Yahoo which has a Virus and Spam searcher which work very well. I do not know if it is a combination of all this or not, but I have not received any spam in over at least 6 or 7 months. If you do not have many correspondants, why not just delete your present Email address and open a new one?