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Top 10 spam control tools

September 22, 1998
Web posted at 2:20 PM EDT

by Sally Neuman

(IDG) -- These days you can't afford to slip up even once. Just post a single message to your favorite newsgroup and the flood of spam e-mail begins. Defend yourself once and for all by trying (and buying) one of these spam-killing tools.

  1. Advanced E-mail Protector: Add a new weapon to your e-mail arsenal with Advanced Email Protector, which runs your messages through a multistage filtering gauntlet before they finally reach your mailbox.

  2. Bounce Spam Mail: Fool those spam mailers with this program. Send a fake bounce message back to them, making their targeted mailing list manager think your address is invalid. Works in many cases where you can't get to the real sender of the message.
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  3. MailJail Lite for Outlook 98: With this light version of MailJail, you can scan your e-mail messages using more than 200 rules that guard against junk mail, spam, and other Internet debris. You can also update your Outlook rules pack as new spammers show up online.

  4. Sam Spade: This is a multitalented network query tool with extra utilities built in to handle spam mail. It includes the typical utilities such as ping, traceroute, whois, and finger.

  5. Spam Buster: This junk e-mail killer runs from the system tray and deletes spam before it ever gets to your mailbox. Filters for more than 15,000 spammers are included. You can easily configure SpamBuster to filter up to 12 mailboxes.

  6. Spam Exterminator: Remove any unsolicited e-mail automatically by using this program's list of more than 17,000 known spam sites. You can easily customize Spam Exterminator to keep your mailboxes litter-free.

  7. Spam Hater: Spam Hater will track down junk mail senders, no matter how inscrutable the message header, and send a complaint letter to the spammers. It supports most popular e-mail clients, including Outlook Express, Netscape Messenger, Eudora, Pegasus, AOL, and CompuServe.

  8. SpamKiller: This tool lets you add your own addresses to your blacklist, or use the included blacklist of known spammers to prevent spam from ever arriving in your inbox. SpamKiller features automatic updates of the included blacklist and the ability to send an automatic message to the spammer to request your removal from the list.

  9. SpamScan97: This anti-spam product comes with predefined keyword lists and domain lists, which you can modify to add your own. You can set filters to specify when to reject or keep a message.

  10. Spammer Slammer: Spammer Slammer with Eudora or Netscape Mail to filters out spam quickly and easily. It automatically configures itself, and even works with multiple e-mail accounts on the same computer.

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