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    StandAlone de-Spammer (VB)

    I've searched for and read posts across the Lounge that refer to "spam filter"; there are legion. Most seem to focus on a specific product. There are spam filters for HotMail accounts, spam filters that work with OutLook; spam filters that can be spread on Toast ......


    I don't understand this.


    My ISP neither knows nor cares what email applications I use (Eudora, Outlook Express, Word/VBA, Mozilla, Netscape, IE, ....) and why should they care?


    Nor does my ISP care that I use EasyNotification to preview my emails BEFORE I d/l them from the ISP.


    Which prompts the question: Why doesn't someone write a rules-based program that, given a valid ISP connection

    1) examines the InBox on the ISP
    2) applies the rules to the contents of the InBox
    3) deletes the offending messages


    For many single-machine single-users like hermit-me, the verbs of the rules would be pretty simple.

    a) ability to negate a rule
    [img]/forums/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] text contained in From
    c) text contained in Subject
    d) text contained in body.



    I've been watching my actions with easyNotification over the past week or two.


    "If the From field contains Polsson, NOT delete"
    "If the From field contains Scott, NOT delete"
    "If the from field contains Kane At InterNet Seer, DELETE"
    "If the from field contains INeedMoreHits, DELETE"
    ......


    A rules-based anti-spammer is easy to write - from the rules point of view. Rules-based engines work well. You set up such an anti-spammer with maybe three deletion rules, then just monitor to see which of the remaining spam is most prevalent, determine a safe rule for deletion, then add THAT rule to the list.


    The code I don't (yet) know how to write, in Word97/VBA at any rate, is the code that obtains a list of pending messages from the ISP, and the code that issues a "DELETE" message to the ISP.



    Any collaborators out there?

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    Re: StandAlone de-Spammer (VB)

    <hr>Which prompts the question: Why doesn't someone write a rules-based program that, given a valid ISP connection

    1) examines the InBox on the ISP
    2) applies the rules to the contents of the InBox
    3) deletes the offending messages<hr>
    I believe this is what McAfee's SpamKiller does. I've opted for in-Outlook filtering because I'd hate to miss a message that the software thinks is junk. At some point, we will go to server-based filtering with a junk box you peruse occasionally.

    Regarding controls for POP3, you could start with the list in <!post=Post #205597,205597>Post #205597<!/post>.

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    Re: StandAlone de-Spammer (VB)

    Norton's SpamKiller does just that. I have been using it for years, and I find it very easy to use.

    You can review the "keeper" messages and choose to add them to the rules list. You can also "view" the "deleted" messages and recover them if you want. In the rules, you can indicate not only messages to get rid of, but you can also indicate "Friends." SpamKiller also has automatic updates, as the creates provide more filters for use.

    Again, I have used it for several years, and find it very accommodating.

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    Re: StandAlone de-Spammer (VB)

    Thanks JScher. I'll take a look at both these references.

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    Re: StandAlone de-Spammer (VB)

    Thanks Al. Did you ,mean McAffee? I can't find a Nortin SpamKiller.

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    Re: StandAlone de-Spammer (VB)

    Yes, McAffee. Sorry.

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