Trying To Stop The Flood of Spam?

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Stop spam signIs your inbox getting flooded with junk mails that are obviously spam (and maybe some that are not so obvious)? There are hundreds of anti-spam solutions out there, some free, some paid, and some are themselves scams!

We bring you two solutions depending on your budget and how much control you would like over your spam fighting efforts.

Article Overview

Gmail – Free, Easy, And Powerful

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If you’re using Gmail, you have one of the best free, built-in spam blockers on the market. You can also use Gmail to host your existing email address, it doesn’t have to be a Google (i.e. gmail) email address. Either way, you have access to their cloud hosted anti-spam filter which will nail much of the spam, scam, and phishing attempts coming your way.

Gmail is mobile-friendly and offers an app.

Any Gmail Cons?

Potential negatives for Gmail include:

  • Unless you’re using the web interface, arrive at your computer before they are checked for spam.
  • The spam filter itself is not very customizable
  • Some of our readers are concerned about Google’s privacy policy and their reputation for using user data.
  • Gmail is not a stand-alone solution that integrates with their existing mail client.

Mailwasher – Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android Support

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MailWasher separates itself from the pack by allowing you to screen emails before they even arrive at your inbox. You can literally see the contents of an email through a secure viewer without having to open the email message itself. This effectively reduces the risk of getting exposed to viruses and spyware to zero.

MailWasher gets smarter the more you use it. In addition to friends and foes (white and black) lists that let you specify email addresses, domains, etc. you wish to permanently allow and block (make sure your friends don’t get flagged as spam by accident – once they’re added to the white list, they’ll always get through), MailWasher taps into a global database of spam signatures in real time, which lets the software prepare itself for email spam messages before they even get to you. By the time they do, the filter will catch them, and flag them for deletion. You can eyeball the message and confirm that it’s actually spam before letting it be deleted.

Finally, if you delete a message by accident – don’t worry! You’ll have access to a recycle bin of deleted messages that you can use to quickly and easily restore legitimate messages.

Mailwasher Versions

There are three versions of Mailwasher:

  1. Mailwasher Pro (Windows 7, 8, 10, Vista and XP)
  2. Mailwasher Server (Windows and Linux)
  3. Mailwasher Mobile (iOS and Android)

Mailwasher is mobile-friendly and offers an app.

Mailwasher Pricing

Normally $39.95/year, but our members get a discount. Click here for $29.95/year (includes a 30-day free trial option).

Spam Bully – Windows, Office, Outlook, and IMAP Support

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Key features of Spam Bully:

  • Bayesian Spam Filter – Intelligently knows which emails you’ve received are good and which are spam by using artificial intelligence and server blacklists. Makes sure good emails make it to your Inbox.
  • Allow/Block List – Decide who and what makes it into your Inbox.
  • Punish/Bounce/Report/Challenge – Get back at spammers by increasing their costs, returning their spam, and reporting them to the servers they came from and the FTC. Email a special password to an unfamiliar sender that they must correctly type in before their email is allowed to your Inbox.
  • Auto-Delete – Optionally you can just delete spam messages instead of sorting them to a spam folder. You never have to see a spam message again.
  • Cellphone Forwarding – Forward only good email to your cell phone.
  • Statistics – Comprehensive graphing and statistics shows you how well SpamBully is working.
  • Multi-Language Interface – Easily and automatically convert Spam Bully into English, Spanish, German.

Spam Bully Pricing

$29.95/year, including a free trial option. Click here to see if there’s a member discount on top of that (occasionally available).

Spam Bully Compatibility

Spam Bully works with:

  1. Office 365
  2. Office 2019 and older
  3. Outlook & Outlook Express
  4. Live Mail
  5. Windows Mail
  6. IMAP

Other Spam Blocking Options

The market is flooded with anti-spam solutions. Are you aware of one you like or interested in one you’d like us to look into? Let us know in the comments so our researchers can investigate.

Spam Blocking – Best Practices

We find that Gmail and MailWasher aren’t useful just to combat spam – they are useful for unsubscribing to newsletters with the click of a button (no clicking through landing pages and entering your email address again). Mailwasher gives you even more fine tuned control of this – let’s say you’re signed up for an email newsletter, but you’re only interested in two out of three of their messages on average. Simply check those you’re not interested in for deletion.

Additionally, you can quick respond to emails within MailWasher itself – without needing to open up your email application. And lastly, you can securely analyze and open links within messages, although we recommend as a rule of thumb never opening email links, but rather, visiting the website directly, or at the very least – conducting a search in Google of the website domain name prior to visiting it.

How To Remove Yourself From A Blacklist

Spam filter buttonIf a malicious user gets a hold of your email account, or worse, email server, it’s possible that the server sending your email could be blacklisted, which means legitimate emails you send out may end up in recipients spam folders and not getting to them. Read our article on email blacklists to learn more and find out how to remove yourself from email blacklists.

What’s your favorite way to fight spam?

About The Author:

Alex has been involved on the business side of the internet since the early 2000's. He holds both a Management Science degree from the University of California at San Diego as well as a Computer Science degree from NJIT.

We Rock Your Web had its roots back in 2004 as the tech blog for a web design and development company Alex founded that has grown and evolved into the parent company of We Rock Your Web.

While his foundation is rooted in web development, his expertise today lies in content and digital marketing, SEO, organic and paid search, analytics, and publishing. Alex is an avid tennis player, nature enthusiast, and hiker, and enjoys spending time with his wife, friends, and dogs.

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Anonymous
August 23, 2011 2:26 am

This is very nice since this software really screens your mails before it gets inside your inbox. This way, you wouldn’t have to sort the emails arriving and no spam. Mailwasher Pro wins my vote for best spam blocker, hands down.

Anonymous
August 26, 2011 11:24 am

This spam blocker software sounds helpful and effective, I am obsessed with junk mails in my inbox. Do you provide any demo version of this software?

Alex Schenker
August 31, 2011 7:19 pm

Mailwasher Pro offers a 30 day trial, and Mollom offers a free license for low volume sites.

Anonymous
June 19, 2011 6:31 pm

I believe that Mollom is also one of the best out there which is being used in this website as well. They have spam text analysis feature.

Anonymous
July 15, 2011 2:34 am

I use Mailwasher to wash my emails, and Mollom to cleanse my spam comments on my website. Definitely the two winners in my book.

Anonymous
January 27, 2011 2:40 pm

I use MailWasher to keep my inbox spam free and squeaky clean. Before that I was using Outlook’s default spam folder, but the problem with that approach is that the spam email, if you’re using the POP protocol to download your mails, is already on your system, and may infect it without you even opening the mail. By analyzing the mail server side, Mailwasher is able to screen them before they hit your PC, is that correct?

Anonymous
December 16, 2010 7:48 am

Mailwasher is a great anti-spam email tool. Why? Not only is it easy to use and actually identifies most spam correctly, but it provides an essential layer of security by capturing email before it reaches your inbox. Many of the integrated anti-spam solutions we tried ran as part of your email program (add-ons or plugins), and at this point, your system is already susceptible to the email. Not so with MailWasher – you get an extra layer of protection in that the email never actually reaches your inbox or system until it’s identified, and, if necessary – deleted.