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Spam killer for personal use?

Hi,

I just set up the Spamassassin-based Perl scrip Pop3Proxy last night, and although it works ("ENLARGE PENIS VIAGRA" in the subject line only set Spamassassin's rate to 3 stars, though ;-))... it's a pain to set up.

Does anyone know of a good spam killer for personal use, and easier to set up?

Thank you

PS : Extra credit if someone knows why IE-based browsers Crazybrowser and MyIE2 render pages slower than IE...

Frederic Faure
Saturday, September 27, 2003

What are your criteria for this spam killer? Can it work as a plugin for out look? I read about one that actually connected to every person who used the software, and saw if there was an email everyone was deleting & marking as spam... Unless you check your email every second, this program will delete the email before you even see it. I forget the name of it, but someone around here might know, or google might turn it up.

Mark T A W .com
Saturday, September 27, 2003

Pop3Proxy uses SpamAssassin as its spam engine, and lets you download e-mail from multiple POP3 servers (one port = one remote server). It requires setting up Perl, plus a couple of modules, and set up Pop3Proxy. So I was wondering if someone knew of an easier, and preferably free/open-source alternative.

Thx

Frederic Faure
Saturday, September 27, 2003

http://keir.net/k9.html

AlexK
Saturday, September 27, 2003

POPFile, Bayesian filtering

http://sourceforge.net/docman/display_doc.php?docid=14421&group_id=63137


Or, Mozilla Mail with its inbuild Bayesian filtering.

With the former I'm currently running at about 97% efficiency in identifying spam.

Simon Lucy
Saturday, September 27, 2003

I'm digging the SpamBayes addin for outlook:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/spambayes/

It took me a while to train it up properly (and messages from my wife still seem to wind up in my ProbablySpam folder) but it's really quite good.

It was really nice having this installed when LovSan hit--those messages (and the various bounce messages) all went right into DefinitelySpam.

HTH,

-Roy

Roy Pardee
Saturday, September 27, 2003

I've been using Cloudmark's SpamNet since the beta and it works great for me.

--Josh

JWA
Saturday, September 27, 2003

K9 referred above is the easiest to setup and train.
It learns pretty fast on your spam pattern and then work at >99% accuracy. (you of course should still setup whitelist and blacklist rules for all obvious things)

My current statistics are:
% that matches blacklist rules 31
% that matches whitelist rules 21
overall spam catching accuracy 99.7

Tarun Upadhyay
Saturday, September 27, 2003

+1 vote for Cloudmark Spamnet. It's very easy to install and catches almost all spam. There is a monthly fee, but it keeps me from getting distracted playing with anti-spam software.

Matt
Saturday, September 27, 2003

>>With the former I'm currently running at about 97% efficiency in identifying spam.

How do you know? What does POPFile do that you can quantify a 97% efficiency.

Tom Vu
Saturday, September 27, 2003

SAproxy is a POP3-proxy with SpamAssassin embedded into it. The setup is dead simple, unlike full SpamAssassin, and doesn't require any access to the SMTP server. It does, however, require you to use POP3 (no Exchange or IMAP support).

Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Sunday, September 28, 2003

I vote for the SpamBayes outlook add-in too. Works really well. Only ever let one spam through, and that was because it was all in French.

Mark
Sunday, September 28, 2003

I am a windows person, but I must say I am impressed with my wife's Mac (OSX). Its email program does a bang-up job on knowing which mail is spam.

m
Sunday, September 28, 2003

I know because around 3% of mail isn't identified as spam and has been manually changed by me so as to add to the spam pattern in future.

I don't calculate the 97%, POPFile does that but it looks reasonable.

Simon Lucy
Monday, September 29, 2003

I access my mail from several different pc's(work, home, etc).  I don't like software that deletes the mail from the mailserver because then I can't access that mail from the other pc's.  I also don't like software that sets itself up as a mailserver (wrapped around the real mailserver).  My pc's are all behind a firewall, and I wouldn't be able to access the 'mailserver' pc from other pc's.

So here's what I'm looking for...

I'm looking for a spam software, preferably with a bayesian component, that can run as a pc app.  It would automatically check POP mail at set intervals and download the spam onto a folder on the pc, yet leave the good mail alone.

notAlGore
Monday, September 29, 2003

... which is exactly what software like K9 do : it's running on your PC on a given port. Just reconfigure your e-mail client to connect to this local process, let it download and inspect e-mails, tag the suspicious ones, and let your e-mail client moves those into a SPAM folder, ready for you to double-check.

Thx again everyone for the tips :-)

Frederic Faure
Tuesday, September 30, 2003

K9 is pretty good at identifying spam.  I use K9's server check functionality from one of my pc's, but it doesn't quite do everything I need.

The problem with K9, its that it effectively moves the mailserver over to the pc its running on.  All my pc's are behind a firewall, but not the same firewall.  So my work pc would not be able to access the k9 server on my home pc.

notAlGore
Tuesday, September 30, 2003

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