Getting rid of spam

Finlayson

Well-known member
410 10
Hi

Can any of u kind 'Technical' people out there advise me of a way of getting rid of Spam email ?

i.e is there any free software out there that I can get hold of that somehow stops me receiving, or gets rid of 'spam email'

something like Ad-Aware but for spam email if u see what I mean

Thanks in advance

Jay
 

Finlayson

Well-known member
410 10
Just found something called 'Mailwasher' so will give this a try............if anyone out there knows of the best one or better than this .......still open for advice

jay
 

mmillar

Guest
330 5
I tried a range of free products but settled on SpamCatcher which costs $30. I get about 30 spams a day and it usually only lets through about 1. And because you can tell it who you want messages from it very rarely blocks messages you want.
 

mmillar

Guest
330 5
Hey, I'll be catching up with you soon.

GirlsWhoSquirt1057 contacted me this mornnig :eek: . I'm sure it will just be a matter of time before her 1056 mates get in contact as well.

:eek:
 

Rognvald

Established member
916 15
I can only say that I find Norton Anti Spam v effective and flexible - it learns as you go as well as having Norton's updated list to refer to - guess its a question of using what you are comfortable with and Norton comes through for me at a relatively low cost.
You do tend to get hooked into Norton products though but hey - why not if they're good?
 

Bobtarrel

Junior member
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I used the free version of Mailwasher for a few months and was so impressed, I upgraded to the Pro version. I have it set up to automatically delete and bounce any address or domain in my blacklist. I have disabled the spam filters. It checks 5 accounts for me every 2 minutes, is easy to use, and sends me a full report each week. Last week, it caught 169 spam e-mails.
I have no hesitation recommending the product.
 

Finlayson

Well-known member
410 10
Thx Folks

Bobtarrel

yes have downloaded 'mailwasher' only free version, but what a great little program...........just what I was after.

can highly reccomend this program, if u want to download it free go to : www.mailwasher.net

Jay
 

ChartMan

Legendary member
5,580 46
Just a quicky inside info here..... a lot of spammers "make up " email addresses with christian names and then a surname, then append a domain name. So John.Smith @ ntlworld.com etc will be prime targets. I got rid of all my spam by changing my emaill address to obscure.moreobscure@ntlworld.com. Works a treat- no more spam ( for last 6 months). An alternative is your own domain name. I have that too and also no spam mails. I was getting 50+ a day. I tried mailwasher, but didn't get on with it. Maybe I didn't try hard enough. :(
 

oatman

Senior member
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I've got the task of monitoring my daughter's Hotmail account while she's travelling and I started with Mailwasher about a week ago. I just leave it running and it alerts me when the new cr*p comes in. I'm finding it easy to use, and I know nothing :cheesy:
In the last month I've started getting cr*p in my "real" email account as well which for the couple of years I've used it, has been spam free, so I've added that as well.
I like the programme.
 

rearadmiral

Newbie
3 0
Having tried mailwasher 4 a few months I found it rather 'clunky'. After searching 4 a (free) replacement, I started using spampal. It takes a little configuring but moves all spam 2 a spam folder which can B deleted en masse. Also there R no ads. 2 contend with, which is 1 of the reasons I found mailwasher rather tiresome.

1 tip I would recommend is 2 identify which email addy(s) R getting the most spam & change it to something a little more obscure. My other tip is 2 set up some rules to auto delete mails with various words that R common. Not many of my friends want me 2 C their 'webcam' or try 2 sell me 'vicodin' as an example, although any offers of prozac R more than welcome. :LOL:

From 100+ per day I've got the count down 2 about 4. This Monday I had none!
 

tekker

Newbie
5 0
Hi there Chart Man,
Your idea of your own domain name is a good one except when the spammers use your domain as a return address for their spam! :cry:
I have this problem and initially it was actually covered up with spam filters provided by my ISP. When I removed them just to see what was coming through (I was testing another spam filter) I was amazed to see loads of returned mail notices from AOL and others apparently showing that I was sending spam.
The only way I can now deal with this is to look at the email headers, try and discover a valid originator (maybe they didn't know they are being used as a relay) and send them a note, or their ISP.
If anyone knows a better way of dealing with this particular problem I'd be happy to hear it!

Cheers
 

Grey1

Senior member
2,186 177
I too am getting too many spam emails :cry: :cry: which is getting into me now.. I have down loaded the Spam blocker they are still getting through under different name and emails :devilish: :devilish: .. I have sent back the spams telling I would inform Police if they did send me more but They all come back to me as undelivered emails.. Is there any other way ? :eek: :eek:
 

oatman

Senior member
2,879 22
I'm still using Mailwasher. It intercepts the mail before it hits your srever. I've got 3 accounts running into it. 2 of them Hotmail. I was getting about 30 a day on each Hotmail. I use the blacklist/bounce/delete options, and it's certainly reduced the amount coming in. If you reply they know you're a genuine address. The best thing is to ignore and delete. These spammers have programmes running all day sending out made up addresses.

Good luck
 

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