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    Bayesian Spam Filter

    After reading an IDC report I downloaded SpamBayes to check out capabilities. Download site for the Outlook add-in is http://starship.python.net/crew/mhammond/spambayes/ Buttons are added to Outlook, and a new field view definition inserted.
    Documentation on set up and training the programme was easy to follow. After set up, I released a number of known spam e-mails sitting in the Mail Marshall quarantine. All went directly to the Spam folder. Did the same with a couple of more e-mails that could or could not have been spam.
    One was moved into the unsure folder, as it should be, and the other went into my in-box with a spam score of 6%. Used the delete as spam button in this programme to move from unsure to spam folder (which adds to the programmes training). The 6% e-mail looked like spam to me so asked this message to be treated as spam.
    So far I am impressed with the simplicity and functioning of this FREE Outlook add-in.
    This is an early version, with the authors soliciting feedback..
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    Re: Bayesian Spam Filter

    Paul--
    You might want a look at
    Paul Graham's Plan for Spam
    Arc
    Better Beyesian Filtering

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    Re: Bayesian Spam Filter

    Thanks for those links. I have printed these and wil read later tonight.
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    Re: Bayesian Spam Filter

    Here is the link to the Infoworld article that interested me enough to try SpamBayes
    http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/...0TCspam_1.html
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    Re: Bayesian Spam Filter

    Even the BBC sems to have picked up on this, in How to spot and stop spam.
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    Re: Bayesian Spam Filter

    Hi Paul:
    Have you seen any Baysian add-ins for Netscape?

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    Re: Bayesian Spam Filter

    Morning Phil, Sadly <img src=/S/crybaby.gif border=0 alt=crybaby width=15 height=15> I have seen nothing on a Bayesian product for Netscape. Perhaps you can post a question to the creators of SpamBayes, at the address in my earlier posting. <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Bayesian Spam Filter

    On reading the article at the first link, I was disappointed to see that there was to be no support for Outlook Express.

    But it's certainly worth a try at work on Outlook, where about 30% of my messages are spamular. And that's just in my InBox! No- <img src=/S/surrender.gif border=0 alt=surrender width=31 height=23>
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    Re: Bayesian Spam Filter

    I had the same thoughts as you John. So far I am finding that SpamBayes is working better than anything I had in the past. I can see that updating (aka training) is an important part of how this works, but once set up it is a minor task to do, say weekly. <img src=/S/sigh.gif border=0 alt=sigh width=15 height=15>
    This morning the inbox was cleared correctly, and the two in the "could be spam" category went to the separate folder where, after looking at the header I used the SpamBayes button to "delete as Spam" <img src=/S/bravo.gif border=0 alt=bravo width=16 height=30> Certainly saved time for me <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35>
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    Re: Bayesian Spam Filter

    If I remember correctly, Phil, you are using Mozilla--something on this list should work for you and you may want to tweak the search a little bit to find what you want. Hope this helps. If not let me know and I'll look harder.

    Bayesian Spam Filters for Netscape Search

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    Re: Bayesian Spam Filter

    John--

    I'll look for some filters for OE--you might try some of the OE sites like Tomsterdam or the MBP OE sites. Haven't tried any of these Bayesian or Baysian filters for Outlook, but here are some articles and downloads for some. One Baysian Filter for OE:

    Spam Sleuth from Blue Squirrel:Bayesian Analysis Works in OE
    Spam Bully for Outlook Express

    <font color=blue> Bayesian/Baysian Spam Filters For Outlook:</font color=blue>

    SpamBayes Outlook Admin
    Spam Reduction Outlook
    Spammunition
    Spam Bully for Outlook
    How to Deal With Spam
    Spammunition: Free Spam Filter Outlook
    Perspectives on Anti-Spam and Bayesian Filters in Outlook May 13, 2003 Win .net Mag
    MS Research Conf. Abstracts on Spam Filters
    Win .net Mag Current Outlook Spam Articles incl. Bayesian Filters
    Woogle.com Dealing with Spam/Popfile and K9 Bayesian Filters
    Windows Anti Spam Tools

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    Re: Bayesian Spam Filter

    SMBP, Popfile claims to work with OE. I use it at work on four machines with an add-in to make it work with Outlook. If works very well for us at work. I can't say for sure about OE.

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    Re: Bayesian Spam Filter

    You're right Joe---the ultimate test is how it works. I'll have to give a couple of these Baysian filters a try. Fortunately, the simple little tricks, the "no-spam" and other tips on some of the Tech TV links have been working for me, but I know some boxes/clients where I'd like to test some. I'm not getting much spam in them, but enough to test with. I'm not getting spammed with an msn newsgroup address since I put "-no spam" in the exact same address. Before inserting it, I was getting spammed quite a lot after using the address on msn groups which is of course tantamount to posting it. Some spam newsgroups or fake newsgroups that were spam groups and not legitimate msn groups were also showing up on the msn "list"--they aren't anymore.

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    Re: Bayesian Spam Filter

    John--
    Also another Baysian Outlook spam filter worth looking at--posted from Stuart on Post 25538 this thread is Junk Out from The Office Maven.

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    Re: Bayesian Spam Filter

    Paul

    Am trying SpamBayes on Outlook 2002. Yesterday I must have had about 30 spams, but today, when I come to train it, I had just 6!
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