Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: steph53-ga
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27 Mar 2004 15:23 PST
Expires: 26 Apr 2004 16:23 PDT
Question ID: 321171
Hello Researchers and all... I have Outlook Express6 for my e-mails and am currently running Incredimail. Lately, I've been receiving a lot of spam in my mailbox. I went to my message rules but I can't find *block an unknown sender* anywhere in the list.Is there another way I could block/delete these annoying e-mails from entering my mailbox? I block the sender each time before I delete them but new ones keep arriving. I get about 5 to 9 a day which is manageable but I'm going away for two weeks soon and will have no internet access. I don't want to come home to a mess. I use Windows 2000 and on DSL.Thanky kindly in advance :)
Answered By: angy-ga on 27 Mar 2004 19:17 PST
Hi, Steph ! I'm an Incredimail user too - so here goes. The ability to filter out Spam is a fairly recent addition to Incredimail, so make sure you have the latest version of Incredimail - I'm using Build 1361 . If necessary download from: http://www.incredimail.com/english/download.html "Note - There is no need to uninstall your IncrediMail before upgrading. All of your personal data including email accounts, messages, contacts, Letters, notifiers, etc. will remain unchanged by an installation." Now: go to Tools and then Message Rules (you had the right idea). Click on "Add" at the top of the buttons on the right. In the new "Message Rule" screen you will see the word "If" followed by a box saying "please select one" and a small down arrow button. Click on the arrow. Second item from the bottom of the list (just above "All messages") is "Received from unknown contact". Select that. The next screen gives you various options as to what you want done with the message, including "Delete it" and "Bounce the message to sender". However you may prefer to create a special folder called "Spam" and instead select "Move it to" and that folder. This will allow you to glance through the folder once a week or so before deleting, just in case it has accidentally filtered out an email from your long-lost cousin or the first newsletter from your club. You may need to add the details of any newsletters you do want to your address book contact list. Good luck.
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WOW angy-ga!!!!!!!!!!!! It worked. I had no idea that there was an upgrade to Incredimail. I have now set up my rule that all mail from unknown senders will be deleted. Thanks so very much.
From: aht-ga on 27 Mar 2004 16:53 PST
steph53-ga: You only get 5-9 spam messages a day? I think I get at least three times that many per hour! But then again, I'm not sure since very few ever make it through my anti-spam precautions (I stress the multiple in that). What you may be looking for is called whitelist filtering. Basically, if a sender is not on your 'whitelist', trash the message. While there are several anti-spam packages available on the market that would allow you to use this approach, the challenge is that you need to have a comprehensive whitelist first. Most of these packages start with your current address book, then let you add to the whitelist as time progresses. For the short term solution that I think you are looking for, consider downloading and trying out the free version of Mailwasher (http://www.mailwasher.net). This standalone program lets you preview the messages in a safe manner before you download them into OE6, and can easily implement the concept of a whitelist filter. You would import your address book as your initial friends list, then create a filter that simply says that if a message sender is not on your friends list, delete it from the server. Then, when you go to OE6, the message will already be gone from the server, leaving you with only the 'good' messages. As I implied, there are many programs (free and paid) that can be used for a whitelist, but for a quick and dirty solution that you can implement before leaving on your trip, this will do the trick. Regards, aht-ga Google Answers Researcher
From: angy-ga on 28 Mar 2004 19:54 PST
They upgrade Incredimail regularly - it's worth taking a look every couple of months or so to keep up with the major improvements.
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