Unwanted E Mails

  Oscar 16:56 19 Sep 2004

I have an Outlook Express Mail box which has not been accessed for some time and is full of spam.
Is there a quick and easy way to delete all of the mails within.
If I highlight them and then delete it takes an age and sometimes I get a lock out and the mails re appear.

  Valvegrid 17:12 19 Sep 2004

It may be easier to use MailWasher, this program will allow you to delete them off the server, so you don't have to download them onto your computer.

click here

  Valvegrid 17:14 19 Sep 2004

By the way, don't be tempted in bouncing them.

  mbp 17:39 19 Sep 2004

Oscar, I use outlook Express for most of my personal mail. For logging into forums, or freedownload sites, even software registrations, etc, I use my webmail address. Guess what? I get the most spam or junk mail in my web hotmail and yahoo accounts. I hardly ever see spam in my OE account, but my ISP is BT. Of course I also have a basic and elementary filters on all my accounts, so most of my spam go into my Spam or Bulk Mail folders where they can be easily deleted, and it does not count as your mail for the purposes of mail limits for your account. I also use Mailwasher as an added convenience. Mailwasher can be trained to detect mail you have listed as spam the first time into memory. I am not sure if Mailwasher works with Hotmail?

Set out your filters. Quite simple.Treat any mail not addressed to me as spam. Allow all mail that is in my address book. Block any mail with topics as Loans, Viagra, Weight, etc as spam, and 98% of your mail will be screened.

  March Hare 19:42 19 Sep 2004

Good advice mbp.

Except that the spammers change key words in their mails such as viagra to read, for example, v1agra or viag:ra, thus side-stepping filters based on rejecting such words.

  Valvegrid 19:44 19 Sep 2004

"I am not sure if Mailwasher works with Hotmail?"

Yes it does, through OE.

  Oscar 18:48 22 Sep 2004

But how do I delete the ones I have quickly and easily without highlighting each one as the the time taken is to long and the system keeps locking up ???

  Valvegrid 18:53 22 Sep 2004

Are you able to delete them initially on web mail if your server supports it?

  €dstowe 18:56 22 Sep 2004

Highlight one email, press Ctrl + A this selects all of them and then Delete.

  Dorsai 19:04 22 Sep 2004

I don't know what your e-mail addy is, but if it is somthing along the line of

FirstName.Sirname @ Service provider . co . uk

then you are making is easy for the spammer to guess your addy. My email addys are somewhat obscure. I never get spam.

After all, how hard can it be to write a prog that includes a big list of first names, a big list of sirnames, and then to sent the spam to every possibel combination of first name.sir name @ all email providers?


  Valvegrid 19:08 22 Sep 2004

With a sir name of Balaam, I don't get much :-)

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