What Is The Best Spam Filter For Webmail (POP 3) ?

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  1. wtsinnc

    wtsinnc Registered Member

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    Hello;

    Starting about two weeks ago, I started receiving porno related spam and I don't know why.
    I do not surf x-rated sites or "personals" chatrooms, so the event that triggered this is a mystery to me.

    Anyway, I use AT&T's webmail service and want to stay with it.
    This service has Norton antispam but two or sometimes more porno related e-mails are getting through each day.
    I have blocked a number of the addresses with no real noticeable improvement.
    Every porno related e-mail has been marked as spam, but they continue to arrive.

    My question;
    what is the best spam filter to use with a POP 3 e-mail account ?
    I'm running XP and alternate between IE 7 with IE7 Pro and Firefox 3 with Adblock and NoScript.

    Any suggestions will be appreciated.
     
  2. spm

    spm Registered Member

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    WebMail and POP3 are not the same. With WebMail you surf to your ISP-hosted WebMail service and manage your mail directly there. POP3 is only used when you access your mail via an email client such as Outlook Express. Then, the POP3 protocol is used to download your mail off of the server (usually deleting it from there in the process) to your mail client on your computer, where you manage it 'off-line'.

    The opportunities for anti-spam measures differ greatly in each case. If you are using WebMail the only option you have is your ISP's own anti-spam filter - if that is letting spam through then you will have to deal with it manually as you do now. You can't install your own anti-spam filters on your ISP's servers. Also, blocking individual addresses won't stop the spam.

    If you switch to using POP3 instead of WebMail then there are a whole host of anti-spam measures you can consider. Bear in mind, though, that none of them will give you 100% accurate filtering of spam.

    That said, if you only experience a few spams per day, as you say you do, then I'd suggest you hardly have a spam problem. Just delete them and move on.
     
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    PROROOTECT Registered Member

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    Hi Wtsinnc,

    Look to #Post 166 on the thread: 'Your NEW BEST Free Softwares ...' , please.

    PROROOTECT
     
  4. vijayind

    vijayind Registered Member

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    Try Mailwashter Free, if you like it you can buy the Pro version. It can work with any POP, IMAP mail account and also some webmail services like Hotmail, AOL.
    http://www.mailwasher.net/mailwasher-free
    Yahoo AT&T settings for MailWasher Pro are given here: http://www.firetrust.com/en/support/mailwasher-pro/faq/setup-and-accounts#attyahoo
    Its also the same for Mailwasher Free.

    But if you use Outlook/Outlook Express/Windows Mail (Vista) for downloading mail via POP3, I recommend SpamFighter Standard (Free). Again a Pro version is available if you like it. This product is really good and it warps out junk using its fast community driven filters.
    http://www.spamfighter.com/
     
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  5. wtsinnc

    wtsinnc Registered Member

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    Many thanks for the replies and links.
    Your advice and the software links are really appreciated. :thumb:
     
  6. wtsinnc

    wtsinnc Registered Member

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    Hello again.

    Just a quick about the suggested spam filters.
    I have installed Spamihilator on one hard drive and Mailwasher (free) on another.

    Since Tuesday, I have been switching between the two drives and have received only one unwelcome (spam) e-mail.
    Obviously, I am very happy and extremely grateful to those who offered advice.

    -So-

    Again, many thanks ! :)
     
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