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10-01-2003, 07:09 PM
Which spam killing software do you use?
Why do you use it? Have you used any others? Any comments about your experiences with the various software?
If 'other' please indicate which one and I'll add it as an option.
Please avoid comments about spam or spammers in general :) - that is covered in other topics ;)
10-03-2003, 01:09 AM
I use a double-layer system...MailWasher (to bounce "undeliverable" notices back to spammers) and POPFile (a free applet using Bayesian filters) to sort them all out into appropriate boxes and filter according to my email usage and criteria.
I set it up just about 3 months ago, and it's now operating at 98.64% catch accuracy--out of 10,338 messages it had 140 errors (missed spam or false positives). This is since the installation date, and the 140 errors include it's 'learning curve' of recognizing my spam vs. my various classes of desired email.
10-03-2003, 07:51 PM
Have you got links to those, tertius? I can add them to the poll.
Incidentally, I am trialling Spam Sleuth from http://www.bluesquirrel.com/ and I think there are a few people who might like this particular feature...
You can set it up so that email marketers have to pay into your PayPal account otherwise the mail gets trashed
Obviously you need a PayPal account, but I thought it might appeal to people :)
10-03-2003, 08:52 PM
I forgot the links!!! It must have been later than I thought when I wrote that post...<grin> Thanks for the reminder!
10-05-2003, 10:04 AM
Which spam killing software do you use?
Here are some more links for your research...
10-05-2003, 10:27 AM
I've added a few of those to the poll.
I should point out for the benefit of others that quite a few of those links are for server based or network-wide solutions to spam, so if you want to do something on a grander scale check out those links.
10-06-2003, 11:39 AM
Here's two excellent resources on spam filtering software solutions:
I have personally tried several and my favorite "gimmicky" one is ChoiceMail One but I don't use that anymore and fell back on ole faithful: MailWasher Pro.
Why -- This great little doo-dad lets me preview the message, and I don't get burned in the process. Makes fast work of deleting the virus-laden, and the ones with (weird) attachments.
- Mili -
10-06-2003, 02:34 PM
I don't use an anti spam software. All my mail goes through my hosts pop servers which scan for spam/viruses, the mail is then forwarded to my Yahoo mail account which has excellent anti spam filters. In fact the only spam I seem to get these days is from when I have submitted to search engines for which I use a special email address.
I also find that a good way to block spam is to block all emails sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org.
10-06-2003, 06:04 PM
My email is Eudora (for Windows).
I have been using Spamnix for the last 6 months. This is a great product!
It uses Bayesian filtering.
See www.spamnix.com for more.
I tried Spambayes, a straight Bayesian filter, but as it is a beta program written in Python, it was difficult to set up and get running properly in Windows. After two weeks or so it was still only catching less than half the spam. It also only labelled the email and let your email program filter it from there, which mine (Outlook Express) wasn't very good at doing.
I then switched to Spamihilator 0.9.7.2, a German program which combines Bayesian filtering with other methods. I have been using it about a week. It was easy to install and get running, but so far its success rate isn't much better than Spambayes, though it is still improving. It has various plugins available to filter mail in different ways. It also filters out the spam before it gets to the email program.
10-07-2003, 09:31 AM
I use SpamAssassin http://eu.spamassassin.org/index.html
its free and it works.
10-07-2003, 11:34 AM
I have been using K9 for a couple of monhths. It is free (http://keir.net/k9.html) and after a short period of "learning" it does the job extremely well.
From their site:
"K9 is an anti-spam email filtering application that works in conjunction with your regular POP3 email program and automatically classifies incoming emails as spam (junk email) or non-spam. The program uses intelligent statistical analysis that can result in extremely high accuracy over time and eliminates the need for maintaining dozens of rules or constant updates to be downloaded. K9 learns from what you consider to be spam and will automatically tag all future emails that match it's gathered knowledge base. You can then set up rules in your email program to delete or move the spam tagged messages."
You should give it a try!!!
10-07-2003, 11:39 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions - there are a few that don't come up on a Google search, so it's useful to have them mentioned.
Any more out there?
10-07-2003, 12:53 PM
After a not so nice learning curve, it works great. Now, if I could figure out how to import blacklists.
My bit bucket is overflowing /dev/null
10-07-2003, 03:58 PM
Both of Mozilla's email clients, Thunderbird and the one thats part of the Mozilla suite, have built in SMART spam filtering that learns as it goes. I tried it once and it is very effective.
10-09-2003, 06:02 AM
Posted in another thread:
This one involves a network of anti-spammers.