Spam filters

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Tass, Jul 31, 2006.

  1. Tass

    Tass Guest

    Greetings from sunny Vancouver Island
    My questions is this. Is there any way of blocking spam and unwanted
    emails before it reaches my computer? I have Norton for blocking it but it
    just downloads these unwanted email to a separate SPAM folder and I still
    have to delete them. Or am I asking too much? I use Windows XP, Outlook
    Express and Norton Internet Security. Thanks.
     
    Tass, Jul 31, 2006
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  2. Tass wrote:
    > Greetings from sunny Vancouver Island
    > My questions is this. Is there any way of blocking spam and
    > unwanted emails before it reaches my computer? I have Norton for
    > blocking it but it just downloads these unwanted email to a separate
    > SPAM folder and I still have to delete them. Or am I asking too
    > much? I use Windows XP, Outlook Express and Norton Internet
    > Security. Thanks.


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    Randall Smith, Jul 31, 2006
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  3. Tass

    Jimchip Guest

    On 2006-07-31, Tass <> wrote:
    > Greetings from sunny Vancouver Island
    > My questions is this. Is there any way of blocking spam and unwanted
    > emails before it reaches my computer? I have Norton for blocking it but it
    > just downloads these unwanted email to a separate SPAM folder and I still
    > have to delete them. Or am I asking too much? I use Windows XP, Outlook
    > Express and Norton Internet Security. Thanks.


    Your ISP may have some spam filters in place but they will want you to
    set up some criteria as you know your needs. If you have webmail access
    then it takes some time but that's not a bad way to set the filter
    criteria. Initially, you want to have your email reader set to leave
    email on the server until things are set up and configure via webmail.

    You really should consider using Thunderbird as a mail reader:
    http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird/

    It is an excellent program. It's free. It will allow you to download
    headers only and filter on those. It has an adaptive filter that allows
    you to train it to recognize your spam. It, it, it, it's great! :)

    --
    A language that doesn't have everything is actually easier to program
    in than some that do. -- Dennis M. Ritchie
     
    Jimchip, Jul 31, 2006
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  4. Tass

    Guest

    On Mon, 31 Jul 2006 17:19:52 GMT, "Tass" <> wrote:

    >Greetings from sunny Vancouver Island
    > My questions is this. Is there any way of blocking spam and unwanted
    >emails before it reaches my computer? I have Norton for blocking it but it
    >just downloads these unwanted email to a separate SPAM folder and I still
    >have to delete them. Or am I asking too much? I use Windows XP, Outlook
    >Express and Norton Internet Security. Thanks.
    >
    >


    Sign up with an ISP who traps the spam for you.

    --
    Steve Wolstenholme Neural Planner Software

    EasyNN-plus. The easy way to build neural networks.
    http://www.easynn.com
     
    , Jul 31, 2006
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  5. Tass

    Alison Guest

    "Tass" <> wrote in message
    news:YYqzg.280972$iF6.4277@pd7tw2no...
    > Greetings from sunny Vancouver Island
    > My questions is this. Is there any way of blocking spam and
    > unwanted emails before it reaches my computer? I have Norton for
    > blocking it but it just downloads these unwanted email to a separate SPAM
    > folder and I still have to delete them. Or am I asking too much? I use
    > Windows XP, Outlook Express and Norton Internet Security. Thanks.>>



    I use mailwasher, there is a free version.
    http://www.mailwasher.net/index.php
    You can view your e.mails before they are downloaded into OE. You can
    delete and bounce. Although you still have to delete in the free version ,
    you just click the check boxes which is quicker than deleting in OE.
    Alison
    >
    >
     
    Alison, Aug 1, 2006
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  6. Tass

    Jimchip Guest

    On 2006-08-01, Alison <> wrote:
    > "Tass" <> wrote in message
    > news:YYqzg.280972$iF6.4277@pd7tw2no...
    >> Greetings from sunny Vancouver Island
    >> My questions is this. Is there any way of blocking spam and
    >> unwanted emails before it reaches my computer? I have Norton for
    >> blocking it but it just downloads these unwanted email to a separate SPAM
    >> folder and I still have to delete them. Or am I asking too much? I use
    >> Windows XP, Outlook Express and Norton Internet Security. Thanks.>>

    >
    >
    > I use mailwasher, there is a free version.
    > http://www.mailwasher.net/index.php
    > You can view your e.mails before they are downloaded into OE. You can
    > delete and bounce.


    But don't bounce, please. The headers are usually faked but many times
    represent *real* email servers that have nothing to do with the spam. It
    just causes undeserved headaches.

    >Although you still have to delete in the free version ,
    > you just click the check boxes which is quicker than deleting in OE.
    > Alison


    If one wants to just delete then Magic Mail Monitor has a respected
    history. It's a little gem.
    http://mmm3.sourceforge.net/

    --
    A language that doesn't have everything is actually easier to program
    in than some that do. -- Dennis M. Ritchie
     
    Jimchip, Aug 1, 2006
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  7. Alison wrote:

    > I use mailwasher, there is a free version.
    > http://www.mailwasher.net/index.php
    > You can view your e.mails before they are downloaded into OE. You can
    > delete and bounce.


    Please do not bounce.

    Much spam is sent using the address of a victim as the FROM: address, so
    a bounce will only serve to really annoy that person, and to further
    clog up the pipe. No spammer would ever see any of these bounces.

    --
    -bts
    -Warning: I brake for lawn deer
     
    Beauregard T. Shagnasty, Aug 1, 2006
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  8. Jimchip wrote:

    > But don't bounce, please.


    Whoops, didn't see that you had already posted that. <g>

    "Bounces" tick me off almost as much as Challenge/Response email
    systems.

    --
    -bts
    -Warning: I brake for lawn deer
     
    Beauregard T. Shagnasty, Aug 1, 2006
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  9. Tass

    Jimchip Guest

    On 2006-08-01, Beauregard T. Shagnasty <> wrote:
    > Jimchip wrote:
    >
    >> But don't bounce, please.

    >
    > Whoops, didn't see that you had already posted that. <g>
    >
    > "Bounces" tick me off almost as much as Challenge/Response email
    > systems.


    Please reply so we can whitelist your address that a spammer used to
    send email to our challenge-response system (signed)

    "Saving the world from unsolicited email"


    --
    A language that doesn't have everything is actually easier to program
    in than some that do. -- Dennis M. Ritchie
     
    Jimchip, Aug 1, 2006
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  10. Tass

    Jimchip Guest

    On 2006-08-01, Beauregard T. Shagnasty <> wrote:
    > Alison wrote:
    >
    >> I use mailwasher, there is a free version.
    >> http://www.mailwasher.net/index.php
    >> You can view your e.mails before they are downloaded into OE. You can
    >> delete and bounce.

    >
    > Please do not bounce.


    We both even said "please" :)

    >
    > Much spam is sent using the address of a victim as the FROM: address, so
    > a bounce will only serve to really annoy that person, and to further
    > clog up the pipe. No spammer would ever see any of these bounces.
    >



    --
    A language that doesn't have everything is actually easier to program
    in than some that do. -- Dennis M. Ritchie
     
    Jimchip, Aug 1, 2006
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  11. Jimchip wrote:

    > On 2006-08-01, Beauregard T. Shagnasty <> wrote:
    >> Jimchip wrote:
    >>
    >>> But don't bounce, please.

    >>
    >> Whoops, didn't see that you had already posted that. <g>
    >>
    >> "Bounces" tick me off almost as much as Challenge/Response email
    >> systems.

    >
    > Please reply so we can whitelist your address that a spammer used to
    > send email to our challenge-response system (signed)


    Yep, I have gotten a few of those, where one of my addresses was used as
    the FROM: to send spam to an Earthlink user.

    > "Saving the world from unsolicited email"


    Please! ;-)

    --
    -bts
    -Warning: I brake for lawn deer
     
    Beauregard T. Shagnasty, Aug 1, 2006
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  12. Tass

    Alison Guest

    "Jimchip" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On 2006-08-01, Beauregard T. Shagnasty <>
    > wrote:
    >> Alison wrote:
    >>
    >>> I use mailwasher, there is a free version.
    >>> http://www.mailwasher.net/index.php
    >>> You can view your e.mails before they are downloaded into OE. You can
    >>> delete and bounce.

    >>
    >> Please do not bounce.

    >
    > We both even said "please" :)>>



    <G> Alrighty, seeing as you both said please I won't do it any more .
    I'm going to miss shouting Bounce, you b*stards, at the screen though!

    Alison
     
    Alison, Aug 1, 2006
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  13. Tass

    Jimchip Guest

    On 2006-08-01, Alison <> wrote:
    >
    > "Jimchip" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> On 2006-08-01, Beauregard T. Shagnasty <>
    >> wrote:
    >>> Alison wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> I use mailwasher, there is a free version.
    >>>> http://www.mailwasher.net/index.php
    >>>> You can view your e.mails before they are downloaded into OE. You can
    >>>> delete and bounce.
    >>>
    >>> Please do not bounce.

    >>
    >> We both even said "please" :)>>

    >
    >
    ><G> Alrighty, seeing as you both said please I won't do it any more .
    > I'm going to miss shouting Bounce, you b*stards, at the screen though!


    That is the only thing that bounce feature is "good" for...That
    momentary feeling that you're getting the bastards. It's not true that
    you are but it feels that way. Sorta like buying a lottery ticket and
    thinking you might win. But you have a better chance of winning the
    lottery than the chance of the MW bounce feature doing anything to a
    spammer.

    --
    A language that doesn't have everything is actually easier to program
    in than some that do. -- Dennis M. Ritchie
     
    Jimchip, Aug 1, 2006
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  14. On Mon, 31 Jul 2006 17:19:52 +0000, Tass wrote:

    > Greetings from sunny Vancouver Island


    FSVO "sunny" -- a little hazy right now:
    http://www.katkam.ca/p.asp?what=currentjpg

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    gary [] donavan [] org * http://www [] donavan [] org
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    and stupidity." --Frank Zappa, R.A. Heinlein and many others
     
    Gary G. Taylor, Aug 1, 2006
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