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    MailWasher (AntiSpam Utility)

    I have been a registered (paid) user of SpamKiller for some time. On Usenet, someone mentioned how much they liked a program called MailWasher. I checked it out, downloaded it and...paid for it!

    Actually, it's freeware but, if you pay to register it, an unchanging banner at the top of the program's window, containing contact info for the program, is eliminated, which gives you more screen room for the message list. You are then also entitled to support for the program. The program's author is super!

    The program checks all of your accounts at intervals which you determine, then lists all messages which are on the server. You then go through the list, either deleting or bouncing the message back to the spammer & deleting each message from the server without having to retrieve them. The program has a 'blacklisted' list & a 'friends' list, so that messages from friends don't even appear on the MailWasher list, if you choose for them not to. Then MailWasher has the ability to open your chosen email client to download the messages that you DO want.

    This is a great program & I recommend it highly.

    You can check it out or download it from:
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.mailwasher.net>http://www.mailwasher.net</A>

    (Edited by Leif to make link live - see the <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=lounge&Number=98472&page=0& view=collapsed&sb=5&o=0&vc=1>quick guide</A>)

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    Re: MailWasher (AntiSpam Utility)

    Definitely looks interesting but the website doesn't say anything about whether or not it will work under Win XP. Have only had XP for a couple of weeks so am still leery of attempting new software that doesn't specify compatibility... don't want to mess up my pristine new system <img src=/S/angel.gif border=0 alt=angel width=15 height=21> (or just plain gutless) - if anyone has Xperience with this combination I'd appreciate hearing about it.

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    Re: MailWasher (AntiSpam Utility)

    Gladys,

    I'm using MailWasher with WinXP Home Edition with no problem whatsoever.

    Rich

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    Re: MailWasher (AntiSpam Utility)

    Thanks Rich, that's all I needed to hear - will give it a try today. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: MailWasher (AntiSpam Utility)

    sorry to dredge this up...but does anybody know what the command line is to open OutLook an make it search for mail?

    I just switched from [b]SpamWeasel to Mailwasher and wanted the software to open OutLook and automatically upload mail....

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    Re: MailWasher (AntiSpam Utility)

    Bill,

    The way MailWasher works is that you set it (MailWasher) up to check for new messages on your mail accounts at whatever interval you decide. When new mail is detected, MailWasher notifies you that you have new mail. You then open the MailWasher window & check the messages (which are still on your mail server) to see if there is any spam. If there is, you have MailWasher take care of it (deleting, bouncing...whatever you like). Then, if there are 'good' messages in there, you just click the icon on the top of the MailWasher window to open your e-mail client (Outlook, in your case). You then download the wanted messages (and ONLY the wanted messages) into Outlook to read or whatever other action you want to take on them.

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    Re: MailWasher (AntiSpam Utility)

    SgtRich,

    Thanks for the reply. I assume that to use MailWasher correctly you'd turn off the OutLook Mail Delivery and let MailWasher query the mail server for you...then after processing out any unwanted mail you could hand the remaining mail over to OutLook.

    I wanted to know if there was an OutLook command line switch that could be used to make OutLook begin a Send/Receive...MailWasher makes allowances for you to use command line switches when opening your e-mail software.

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    Re: MailWasher (AntiSpam Utility)

    Does not appear to be one in OL2000; see MSKB q197180.
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    Re: MailWasher (AntiSpam Utility)

    I've been using MW for a while now, and I also give it high marks. The 'bounce' feature is not compatible with some of my email accounts, but other than that it works exceptionally well.

    One aspect that I really like is the "View complete header" - very useful for actively fighting spam. With Outlook the message has to be downloaded and opened in order to read the contents, but MW allows everything to be read remotely. HTML messages can be 'read' without pulling all of the linked images, thereby not telling the spammer that the message was read. The message preview can also be copied into a new message to be forwarded, complete with all headers, to the appropriate "abuse@domain" and uce@ftc.gov for action.

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    Re: MailWasher (AntiSpam Utility)

    I tried MW when I read this thread, and I must be missing something - my spam mail was averaging about 10/day. Three days after I started using MW (and it's bouncing feature) I was up to over 30/day. <sigh>.
    Needless to say I've stopped using MW..
    Now to get rid of these spams..

    Bob

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    Re: MailWasher (AntiSpam Utility)

    I routinely sent/forwarded SPAM - with headers - to uce@ftc.gov. I also signed up with Abuse, and did that routine, too.
    Lately, the uce@ftc.gov alias has been refusing forwarded email SPAM. So, I stopped using it.
    I got tired of forwarding things to Abuse.net, too.
    It seems that anything I do these days only gets me more SPAM, not less.
    And I learned long ago not to "unsubscribe" since, as we all know, that only confirms that the SPAMMER has a valid email address.
    -a.

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    Re: MailWasher (AntiSpam Utility)

    I had used the OE block list and various other items to block spam, etc. Was getting so many - 100+ per day! - and this was after I had done a clean re-install of my WinME in Dec/01 !
    I downloaded & installed MailWasher on Friday and I think this is so great! <img src=/S/joy.gif border=0 alt=joy width=23 height=23> - Only spam I see are the ones listed in the email on the board, and since most of them are on the blacklist already - they are automatically checked for deletion! <img src=/S/joy.gif border=0 alt=joy width=23 height=23>
    I had tried all the other Spam programs available and the ease of useage was nothing compared to MailWasher...the others were so confusing to me, whereas MailWasher was a snap to figure out. I recommend this program to my friends and family.
    Just my 2 <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>.

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    Re: MailWasher (AntiSpam Utility)

    How does it work with internet email ? I currenlty use MSN emai/hotmail.

    Brett

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    Re: MailWasher (AntiSpam Utility)

    Right now, it doesn't work with web based mail. Nick, the author, is currently working on the program to make it work with web-based mail accounts, however, so keep checking.

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    Re: MailWasher (AntiSpam Utility)

    Hi:
    I'm curious about something regarding MailWasher. If you bounce the spam back to the sender (presumably), does this let the spammer know that the address is valid? I wonder if

    I downloaded it some time ago, but like many things I download, haven't used it yet. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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