How to control Spam??

  Jackcoms 11:59 04 Feb 2006

I'm receiving more and more spam e-mail - mainly for Viagra (which I don't need) and stocks/shares (which I MIGHT need, but I'll choose my own).

I've seen Mailwasher mentioned in this Forum before as a way to edit out spam. Can someone please tell me how it works and what are its advantages (if any) over the 'Block Sender' and 'Message Rules' options in Outlook Express?

  Skyver 12:05 04 Feb 2006

It checks the messages before you download them, and you can select which emails to keep and which to delete - either by marking some addresses as `Friends` whose emails will never be removed, or creating rules for the detection of words/phrases/senders email address/lots more. Very powerful. click here

Personally I found K9 highly effective click here when I was using Outlook Express but having changed to Mozilla Thunderbird (which has a spam/phishing filter built in) it's no longer needed.

  VoG II 12:19 04 Feb 2006

click here no 30b - free version that supports multiple e-mail accounts.

  Taw® 12:20 04 Feb 2006

Mailwasher is a great programme and as Skyver indicates it lets you examine the email on the server before downloading to your machine. It will not cut down on the spam sent to you, it only lets you manage it safely. Once you begin receiving excessive amounts of spam to your email the only sure solution of stopping it is to change your email address. I currently use xterminator click here that does the same job as Mailwasher

  Jackcoms 13:39 04 Feb 2006

Thanks all for your responses so far - very useful.

However, can anyone answer the second part of my question "what are its (Mailwasher) advantages (if any) over the 'Block Sender' and 'Message Rules' options in Outlook Express?"

  Stuartli 13:50 04 Feb 2006

Why not try Mozilla Thunderbird?

You can import your OE settings, there's no constant need to update and you "train" Thunderbird's inbuilt Junk filter to immediately put unwanted e-mail into the Junk folder.

  Jackcoms 15:39 04 Feb 2006

I've now downloaded and installed MailWasher.

I'll give it a try and see how it goes.

Thanks for all suggestions.

  spuds 16:49 04 Feb 2006

If you do not like Mailwasher, then try K9, which is another very good programme.I have been using it for ages now, and seems to work very good.

  PaulB2005 17:17 04 Feb 2006

"However, can anyone answer the second part of my question "what are its (Mail washer) advantages (if any) over the 'Block Sender' and 'Message Rules' options in Outlook Express?""

Spam usually originates from randomly named mail boxes, dummy return addresses and uses all sorts of tricks to get round Spam Filters.

Rules and Block Sender only work for a limited time before you need to tweak them.

Mail washer and similar programs allow you to delete the messages yourself. The messages don't get near your PC as they are deleted from the server so you are safe from their attachments too.

If you use Mail washer then please disable the Bounce option. It doesn't work and just adds to all the crap traffic on the net. Just delete the messages you don't want.

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