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I too have been using Mail Washer for several years and find it to be a very effective spam prevention tool. Very easy to use. My ISP also provides "Barracuda", an anti-spam program. This combination is working well.
I, too have been using Mailwasher for years (bought the "pro" version to deal with multiple accounts) but the "bounce" facility is questionable these days. What spammer is going to take the trouble to sift through bouncers and bother to stop sending the stuff to particular addresses? After all, it costs them virtually nothing to just keep on sending, regardless. The few I do get, I just delete on the server.
GMail is excellent for trapping spam. I have it set up on Thunderbird and just go the spam webpage folder a couple of times a week to make sure nothing has gone in there which is legit (rarely happens) and just leave it. Stuff in there gets deleted automatically, anyway.
AFTER BUYING AN ITEM FROM A FIRM I COULD NOT UNSUBSCRIBE TO THEIR CONSTANT E-MAILS. THEIR CHANGE OF ADDRESS WORKED AND I SIMPLY CHANGED TO A FICTITIOUS ADDRESS.
i get tons of spam in my Yahoo box. Mainly,a lot of junkmail and schemes. Opera and Hotmail does a very good job of filtering out the trash.Occasionly,a piece of junk,but no emails promising large amounts of cash. I NEVER click to these links,though I sometimes read the letter. I'm considering closing my Yahoo account because of the large volume of junk and ripoffs I receive.
SPAMCOP...it works, but it is not immediate. It costs $30/yr and its reporting system actually causes the spammers to lose their accounts, one by one. Though Mailwasher gives immediate satisfaction, bouncing does not work in the long run. Spammers need to be physically shut out of their email accounts, one by one.
I handle this problem by using the "select all" option upon opening my e-mail inbox. Then I read through the list and deselect the e-mail that I want to read - if I don't know who it is, I don't need it. Then I hit the delete button and all of the stuff I don't want goes away. Usualy 50 e-mails ends up as 5 or so.
I use Block Sender for spam mail yet I don't see other people saying this. What are your thoughts on using this method?
i am continously receiveing 100 of unwanted mail really annoyed thinking to close yahoo account
The spam that I get has no unsubscribe link in it. This in itself indicates that it is not legitimate because as I understand it, it is a requirement that you should be able to request to not get emails from people you don't want to get emails from. Is there any way to stop these annoying people? I wast alot of time trying to sort through my emails each day.
I too receive many (hundreds, literally) of unsolicited email every day. Those that are obvious spam email go straight into the spam box to be trashed (but I always make sure I give a cursory glance over them to be sure I'm not missing an important or interesting email from a peer/client).
I personally would never use a program that blocks so-called 'spam' because often legitimate email can be incorrectly marked as spam. Also, I would never block a sender if they sent me an unsolicited email, UNLESS they repeatedly kept sending me emails when I have asked them not to, or they are obviously spammers. The reason I don't block an email from someone I don't recognise -- as Bev says she does -- is because of what I said before; some people are sending legitimate emails simply offering something that may or may not be of interest or use. If it isn't, it doesn't take much to hit the delete key, does it? :)
Overall, I think you can generally tell if an email is from an illegitimate source. Usually, I'll take a look at the ones that have taken the time to personalise their email. You never know, an unsolicited but legitimate email might just come in useful.
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