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    Outlook spam filter (Outlook 2000 SR-1)

    I just upgraded from Norton Internet Security/AntiVirus 2004 to their Internet Security 2007. The older product had a spam filter - sort of - but if there's any type of Outlook spam filter in the 2007 version I haven't found it. What's the story, and what is the best spam filter to use with this older Outlook product? About a third of my incoming emails are spam these days and I need a filter.

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    Re: Outlook spam filter (Outlook 2000 SR-1)

    What? They removed anti-spam? That will surprise a lot of customers...

    There are so many anti-spam products, it is difficult to recommend one. Among the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> options that integrate well with Outlook 2000, here are two to consider:
    <UL><LI>SpamBayes (Windows platform) has received positive reviews in the Lounge. The "stable" 1.0.4 release was last updated in mid-2005. Because you train the filter to recognize your spam, I'm not sure whether that is a problem. (An "alpha" release of a forthcoming 1.1 version is available, but I can't recommend that anyone use alpha-stage software unless they can afford to wreck their system...)

    <LI>Trend Micro Anti-Spam Pilot is a free anti-spam tool that Consumer Reports recently rated highly, but it is not supported as well as a commercial product and appears instead to be a long term test project for new anti-spam technologies. I suppose free-ness has its price. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>[/list]If you decide to use a "proxy" scanner, which works outside of Outlook, then there are many more options. One that I used to use was the free program SpamAssassin, which doesn't normally run on Windows but can be made to do so. A recent adaptation that I haven't tried myself can be found here: http://physics.ucsd.edu/~epivovar/anti-spam.htm.

    Finally, of course, there are numerous commercial products of varying effectiveness and ease-of-use.

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    Re: Outlook spam filter (Outlook 2000 SR-1)

    I'll second the recommendation of SpamBayes. Training SpamBayes does not take long. Several people at work used it and liked it. When we upgraded to Office 2003 we decided to try the Outlook spam filter. I think the results with the Outlook spam filter are less than overwhelming. It is OK but why Microsoft decided to only allow themselves to update the supposedly learning filter is beyond me.

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    Re: Outlook spam filter (Outlook 2000 SR-1)

    Heartily agree that Spam Bayes is an excellent product. Used it in a corporate environment and it just hummed.
    Totally underwhelmed by the Spam Filter in Outlook,
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