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    Rules for a POP server (OE 5.5 on Win 98)

    I have a Rule set up to block junk mail. The relevant dialog box was filled in along the lines of:
    1) where From contains people
    2) do not download from server
    3) an ever growing list of junk senders

    I was wondering if there is a reason why in the many threads in this forum about blocking junk email all of them use Rules that send stuff straight to the Deleted Items folder or the Blocked Senders list which has a similar effect, rather than my method of leaving them on the server?

    I presume, as I've not tested it yet, that if I were to replace the 'do not download from server' part of the rule with the option to 'delete from server' then the rubbish would get vapourised when I check my account and never come near my PC.

    OK, so I have to get at least one piece of junk from a sender before I can add them to my hit list but as I'm on a pay as you go dial up why pay for the download time for subsequent junk only to bin it automatically?

    My account is a POP account and not webmail.

    Anyone got any comments?

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    Re: Rules for a POP server (OE 5.5 on Win 98)

    Your ISP will limit the size of your mailbox on the server. Any messages not downloaded will accumulate until your box is eventually full and you will no longer be able to receive any mail.

    There may be an option to purge messages over a certain age from the server (try accessing your mailbox online), but what to set this to to keep it from overflowing will depend on the amount of mail you receive. Don't forget that you may have to change the settings if you are unable to access your mail for an extended period, such as while on holiday.

    Your ISP may also provide some sort of filtering, the effectiveness of which will vary from service to service. Again, these may be available if you access your mailbox online.
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    Re: Rules for a POP server (OE 5.5 on Win 98)

    Thanks for your comments. I don't get that much mail so have not suffered from a 'full mailbox' ...yet but I have wondered if that might happen eventually.

    Which is why I also mentioned the 'delete from server' option. If that kills stuff without it being downloaded to my PC first then that will become my junk killer of choice.

    I've never had need to check my mail online so don't know if I can manage my mailbox more effectively that way, something to <img src=/S/munch.gif border=0 alt=munch width=19 height=17> on.

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    Re: Rules for a POP server (OE 5.5 on Win 98)

    "check my mail online " who is your ISP?
    We may be able to help if you let use know, ie. ATTBI, NetZero andf etc.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Rules for a POP server (OE 5.5 on Win 98)

    Thanks for the offer of help. I suspect my ISP will allow me to get at my mail via their web site but I've just never tried as I've never had need to do that, until now perhaps. If I get really stuck I'll be back.

    This thread relates to my home email account which is little used because at work I seem to live and die (sometimes) by email so it's nice to give it a rest when I get home.

    However, I'd still like to know if anyone has experience of using the 'delete from server' option in a Rule.

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    Re: Rules for a POP server (OE 5.5 on Win 98)

    Hi there, I don't use that as a rule, I prefer to select the same option using Mail Washer. Give it a try, fabulous program for getting rid of and controlling junk mail.

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    Re: Rules for a POP server (OE 5.5 on Win 98)

    I've had a go with Mail Washer, not bad. It's already saved me from a couple of pieces of junk.

    I do have one gripe about it though but it's probably because I haven't read the instructions correctly (hey! I'm a bloke, what do you expect?) and I haven't had chance to look into it thoroughly yet - Mail Washer will not autodial my ISP.

    Even so it's been handy, thanks for the tip.

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    Re: Rules for a POP server (OE 5.5 on Win 98)

    I am not clear about what you want Mail washer to do, are you asking for it to dial the ISP when you click on the program as OE will do, or are you wanting it to log onto the server, collect mail then log off while you are not at home?
    If so there is a program that will do exactly that if you wish, but personally I have no use for that facility, as I can access my mail from anywhere in the world anytime.
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    Re: Rules for a POP server (OE 5.5 on Win 98)

    I would like it to dial the ISP when I click on the Mail Washer icon just as OE dials my ISP when I click on my OE icon. At the moment I have to make the connection using DUN and then start Mail Washer.

    The excuse bit was in case there is a glaringly obvious instruction in the help file/installation guide that I (still! <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>) haven't read.

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    Re: Rules for a POP server (OE 5.5 on Win 98)

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Yes I know exactly what you mean, don't think MW does this, but if you have an icon on the desktop (or in the taskbar) for your ISP, it's really not a hassle. I never like to connect via my email, always use a shortcut located in the taskbar, only takes 2 seconds to connect, then hit MW. If you need help creating a shortcut get back to me. Cheers. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Rules for a POP server (OE 5.5 on Win 98)

    It's <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15> if MW can't do that. Whoa! Listen to me complaining about having to make one more click, that's even more <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>!

    Maybe I should <img src=/S/rtfm.gif border=0 alt=rtfm width=24 height=23>?

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    Re: Rules for a POP server (OE 5.5 on Win 98)

    <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> If you find a better way, let me know. Yes it is easy to ask our machines to do the most intricate things, particularly when using a program that is free and works so well on eliminating junk mail. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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