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Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Gadgetman, Feb 1, 2006.

  1. Gadgetman

    Gadgetman

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    I've been getting 4 or 5 these E-mails from some pharmaceutical company lately. I'm using Outlook Express. Everytime I get one of these I click "Block Sender" but they still keep getting into my inbox. How in the word can I stop these people from sending me E-mails and or Outlook from receiving them?

    Thanks
     
  2. nickg

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    you can only do so much "filtering" of spam mail. other than send it directly to a "junk" mail folder you're still going to get a good share of spam.

    too many sites out there dishing it out with just the slightest difference in a name, address, subject, etc. that it can still get through the filter you set up.

    sux!!
     

  3. hwyhobo

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    Your provider should be subscribing to email filtering services. Check with them and see what they've got. I've been using multiple levels of filtering (some available only if you have access to the mail server), but even the SpamAssassin by itself gives good results.

    With the filtering I am doing now, I've managed to reduce my spam from @ 500 a day to 1-2 a day.
     
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    Your best bet with spam like that is to set up some keyword filters and block email containing words like "viagra" and etc.
     
  5. Tom34

    Tom34 Obama Must Go!

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    In Outlook Express:

    Under Tools > Message Rules > Mail
    Then NEW on the right side
    Box 1: CHECK -- Where the subject line contains...
    Box 2: CHECK -- Delete It
    Box 3: Click On -- "Contains Specific Words"
    Type: ULTIMATE PHARMACEUTICALS
    Then ADD
    OK
    OK
     
  6. Texas T

    Texas T TX expatriate CLM

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    Do like I do and subscibe to Cloudmark. $40 a year and it catches about 98% of the spam coming to my inbox. I forget when I signed up but it's probably been 2 years or more and it's stopped about 145,000 spams so far. It's available for Outlook or Outlook Express.

    http://www.cloudmark.com/?rc=xrv4hl
     
  7. hwyhobo

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    Most of the spam has purposely misspelled words. Subscribing to a good spam blocking service is much more comprehensive. It rates email on many different levels.

    Gadgetman, who is your Internet access provider?
     
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    For web surfing or shopping, I use a webmail service. Junk goes to there.

    For personal emails, I use Thunderbird, but you can do this with Outlook: make a filter so that any email from someone not in your address book---->trash.
     
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    You are very right, and many spam emails also use images containing text so that the text of their email is not searchable/filterable.
     
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    Furant Millennium Member

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    Try Spambayes. It's an outstanding free client side spam filter. It takes just a few runs to train it, but it is very user friendly and extremely effective.

    Unfortunately, it's client-side only, so it does actually download into your inbox before running the rules, but that's what gives you the power to train it and identify exceptions.

    Joey

    P.S. Note that Spambayes is not directly integrated with Outlook Express. It does have an Outlook Add-in, but for other mail clients you have to run it as a POP3 proxy server. The instructions are in the download.
     
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    My ISP, along with many others are using the CBL listing piece of utter dog sh!t. It has blocked important emails to me as well as blocking my outgoing email address. I've requested my IP to be removed, but it never has been. I run the latest anti virus and anti spyware and don't send any unsolicited emails.

    This is very problematic. As annoying as SPAM is, when you stop receiving emails that are important, the cure become worse than the disease. I use Outlook 2003 (not express). It does a very good job of moving suspected SPAM email to the junk folder, but it gives ME the ability to preview it to make sure it is in fact nothing I am interested in.

    :soap:
     
  12. Gadgetman

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    Charter.