Blocking spam

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by antwine, Jun 26, 2005.

  1. antwine

    antwine Guest

    Win XP Pro
    Cox Broadband
    IE6

    I get spam, perhaps 12/15 day from a prescription
    scam outfit. They are all different in the headings but
    the body is always the same - viagra, cialis, vicodin etc.
    There pitch may be a bunch of crud but whoever programs
    the pitch is way ahead of me.
    There is no way I can find to block their mail and Cox does
    a great job of blocking all others but not these. I cannot
    copy/paste the headings - they change when I do nor can
    I copy, for example, 'viagra' and paste it in the appropriate
    block message segment.
    Can anyone help?
    antwine, Jun 26, 2005
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  2. antwine

    Mike Easter Guest

    antwine wrote:

    > I get spam, perhaps 12/15 day from a prescription
    > scam outfit. They are all different in the headings but
    > the body is always the same - viagra, cialis, vicodin etc.
    > There pitch may be a bunch of crud but whoever programs
    > the pitch is way ahead of me.


    Having spam mixed up with your goodmail in the Inbox is a bad place to
    be seeing it, as is having to 'visually' distinguish it from goodmail by
    looking at its subject and from. Your OE was not at all designed to
    handle spam with its message rules function.

    Probably the only useful OE message rule is making one which diverts
    mail which isn't addressed to you in the To into a different folder;
    but that rule requires careful planning to accomodate "Christmas letter"
    type mail from friends or mailing lists which don't include your address
    in the To.

    OE's message rules about blocking sender are very very useless for spam,
    as are its rules about words in the body or subject.

    > There is no way I can find to block their mail and Cox does
    > a great job of blocking all others but not these. I cannot
    > copy/paste the headings - they change when I do nor can
    > I copy, for example, 'viagra' and paste it in the appropriate
    > block message segment.
    > Can anyone help?


    If you don't want spam in your inbox you need a decent spamfilter or
    tagger. If your mailuser agent is OE, it doesn't have such a thing. If
    you want to use OE and not have spam in its inbox you should put a
    'proper' or powerful filter between your provider's server and your OE.
    One excellent free one is SpamPal. Its website is here
    http://www.spampal.org and a comparison of it with about a dozen other
    free and paid spamfilters is here
    http://spampal.de/comparison-chart.html

    --
    Mike Easter
    Mike Easter, Jun 26, 2005
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  3. antwine

    Old Gringo Guest

    antwine wrote:
    > Win XP Pro
    > Cox Broadband
    > IE6
    >
    > I get spam, perhaps 12/15 day from a prescription
    > scam outfit. They are all different in the headings but
    > the body is always the same - viagra, cialis, vicodin etc.
    > There pitch may be a bunch of crud but whoever programs
    > the pitch is way ahead of me.
    > There is no way I can find to block their mail and Cox does
    > a great job of blocking all others but not these. I cannot
    > copy/paste the headings - they change when I do nor can
    > I copy, for example, 'viagra' and paste it in the appropriate
    > block message segment.
    > Can anyone help?
    >
    >

    Open an account with Yahoo forward your email from Cox to Yahoo then
    download it from Yahoo using OE. Yahoo has great spam filters and
    virus checker. I have SBC Yahoo as ISP and that is how they do it.
    sbcglobal.net email is routed through Yahoo and works like magic.

    --
    Old Gringo George
    Magic Weaver Of Life
    Enjoy Life And Live It To Its Fullest
    Freedom For The World <http://www.nuboy-Industries.com>
    Old Gringo, Jun 26, 2005
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  4. antwine wrote:
    > Win XP Pro
    > Cox Broadband
    > IE6


    > I get spam, perhaps 12/15 day from a prescription
    > scam outfit. They are all different in the headings but
    > the body is always the same - viagra, cialis, vicodin etc.
    > There pitch may be a bunch of crud but whoever programs
    > the pitch is way ahead of me.
    > There is no way I can find to block their mail and Cox does
    > a great job of blocking all others but not these. I cannot
    > copy/paste the headings - they change when I do nor can
    > I copy, for example, 'viagra' and paste it in the appropriate
    > block message segment.
    > Can anyone help?


    These rules catch a ton of the pill spams (and others).

    http://blinkynet.net/stuff/comp/html_filter.jpg

    OE can't filter this way? Consider a non-brain-dead email client.

    --
    Blinky
    International Thank Your Developers Week - June 20-27, 2005
    Say thanks to your favorite Open Source team one way or another.
    http://blinkynet.net/comp/tydevs.html Yes, Eight Days A Week. :)
    Blinky the Shark, Jun 27, 2005
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  5. antwine

    Mike Easter Guest

    Blinky the Shark wrote:

    > These rules catch a ton of the pill spams (and others).
    >
    > http://blinkynet.net/stuff/comp/html_filter.jpg
    >
    > OE can't filter this way? Consider a non-brain-dead email client.


    OE can filter on those non-header body html features - but many OE users
    exchange mail in html, since that is its default condition 'out of the
    box' and those same users never leave the default condition.

    --
    Mike Easter
    Mike Easter, Jun 27, 2005
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  6. Mike Easter wrote:
    > Blinky the Shark wrote:


    >> These rules catch a ton of the pill spams (and others).


    >> http://blinkynet.net/stuff/comp/html_filter.jpg


    >> OE can't filter this way? Consider a non-brain-dead email client.


    > OE can filter on those non-header body html features - but many OE users
    > exchange mail in html, since that is its default condition 'out of the
    > box' and those same users never leave the default condition.


    Well, let them grow up. :)

    --
    Blinky
    International Thank Your Developers Week - June 20-27, 2005
    Say thanks to your favorite Open Source team one way or another.
    http://blinkynet.net/comp/tydevs.html Yes, Eight Days A Week. :)
    Blinky the Shark, Jun 27, 2005
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  7. antwine

    dwacon Guest

    "antwine" <> wrote in message
    news:cjFve.3450$Qo.987@fed1read01...
    > Win XP Pro
    > Cox Broadband
    > IE6
    >
    > I get spam, perhaps 12/15 day from a prescription
    > scam outfit. They are all different in the headings but
    > the body is always the same - viagra, cialis, vicodin etc.
    > There pitch may be a bunch of crud but whoever programs
    > the pitch is way ahead of me.
    > There is no way I can find to block their mail and Cox does
    > a great job of blocking all others but not these. I cannot
    > copy/paste the headings - they change when I do nor can
    > I copy, for example, 'viagra' and paste it in the appropriate
    > block message segment.



    I get those same messages and even with SpamPal and Outlook filters, this
    spew keeps coming in. The only thing that slows the tide is to reject any
    cox mail not addressed to me... but every now and then they send a couple
    with the right address in the TO box. Very frustrating. I file with
    spamcop to maybe get the source blacklisted but whoever is sending this is
    very slick.


    --
    The Runaway Bride...
    http://www.cafepress.com/dwacon/601709





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    dwacon, Jun 27, 2005
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