Best Email Spam Apps

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by S1RE, Aug 1, 2003.

  1. S1RE

    S1RE Guest

    What is the best email spam filtering software out there, I'd like to know the best free (shareware) and the best of the ones which you have to purchase online or in stores.

    I know of 2 so far InboxShield which is good but it comes with 15 day trial so most likely I'll erase it and find an alternative, and Spam Inspector which also has a trial period. Both of these look the same but InboxShield claims to stop 98% and Spam Inspector claims to stop 99%.

    If you app junkies out there could give me your professional opinion and share your favorite spam blocking app I'd be most appreciative.
     
  2. Hematic

    Hematic Guest

    To me a block list is the best way to go. Every piece of spam i have ever gotten has been added to my blocked list which is very very long now. I dont really get spam anymore. Maybe one peice every month or two.
     
  3. S1RE

    S1RE Guest

    Exactly what is a block list and how does it work.
     
  4. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    Try to find an app that uses the Bayesian filtering system. They're far more effective than blocklist-based junk mail filters, since they intelligently learn and adapt to what junk mail looks like based on the message content, rather than the sender's email address.

    Outlook 2003 (a beta at this stage) and Mozilla Thunderbird (http://mozilla.org/projects/thunderbird/) already have this capability built into them. I've been using Outlook 2003 for my Hotmail account, and I've not got a single piece of junk mail in my inbox. All junk mail is automatically moved to the "Junk Mail" folder. The great thing is there have been only 2 false-positives since I started using it two months ago.
     
  5. xsivforce

    xsivforce Prodigal Son Folding Team

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    Good resources for anti-spam in the "Anti E-Mail Spam" section here: LINK
     
  6. Howling Wolf

    Howling Wolf We did not deserve this !

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    I use Spampal, it's free, updated on a regular basis, and it blocks all spam. I set up a message rule in Outlook Express so that bad e-mails are moved to the "deleted" folder. It only failed once, but as I always check for errors, I noticed the wrongly tagged message and added the sender's address in Spampal's whitelist. Only a few times (maybe 5 in 3 months) it didn't tag bad mails, I simply copied the adresses to the personal blacklist and never received messages from them twice :)
    All needed info can be found on the site, detailed for almost every mail clients -> simple to use, ans most powerful !
    Uses Bayesian system also as NetRyder mentioned.

    www.spampal.org
     
  7. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    the problem with that idea, is that you're still downloading the intire email

    if you use the program enyo mentioned, the email is only previewed, and not downloaded

    you'll still have your block list, and it'll be erased before you ever wasted your bandwidth on the download

    better
     
  8. S1RE

    S1RE Guest

    Are you saying its a bad thing? Outlook 2003
     
  9. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    no,i'm not saying it's a bad thing, but I like mailwasher
     
  10. bmetelsky

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    I use Spam Inspector for Outlook. It generally works well for me. I am looking forward to Outlook 2003 so I can use it's built in features (which I heard are supposed to be quite good).
     
  11. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    You can set Outlook to download only message headers rather than the whole message, which is exactly what MailWasher does as well :)
    But you get an intelligent spam filter in addition to that, instead of having to delete/block junk mail yourself.
     
  12. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    you know netryder, I didn't know that

    ha, silly me
     
  13. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    I wish Thunderbird supported HTTP Hotmail accounts like Outlook/OE. I'd switch to it in an instant. I really don't want to bother using a HTTP->POP3 app.
     
  14. cpugeniusmv

    cpugeniusmv Computer Genius

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    if you change your mind....
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/hotpop3/

    it runs as a service....never have to mess with it :)
     
  15. Howling Wolf

    Howling Wolf We did not deserve this !

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    You can, in Outlook Express, set the message rule so that it:

    1- does not download the malevolent messages;

    2- deletes from the server the messages recognized as spam by Spampal (its service works inbetween the server and you)

    The problem with this is that no antispam software is 100% sure, in my opinion you still have to check the messages to be sure no message diverted from your Inbox has been mistakenly tagged as spam.
    It occured twice, I had to move a message from the Deleted Folder to my Inbox; one of the two being a message from XSivforce's site's forum, Spammers Paradise. I can tell I was glad I had the opportunity to check the folder before I emptied it...