A few months ago, I was overwhelmed by the amount of spam landing in my inbox — I was up to 500-1000 e-mail messages a day, 95% of which was spam. First I shut down my catchall mailbox, which reduced the spam by about 50%, but it was still unmanageable.

I’ve been using Mailwasher to manage my e-mail for about 2 months now, and I like it so much that I upgraded to Mailwasher pro. Mailwasher works by reading the first 21 lines of every e-mail message off your mailserver before you download it to your computer. From this sample, the program’s filters and blacklists identify known-spam, potential-spam and viruses and allow you to delete unwanted messages before you download them — an important feature if you’re on a dialup connection or want additional protection against viruses.

You can also bounce unwanted e-mail back to the sender so that your e-mail address appears to be invalid — potentially removing you from the spammer’s list of targets. The learning filters are easy to train so that over time, the program will get better at recognizing spam.

Since I’ve been using this program, my spamload has settled at a manageable 75-80 messages a day, with periodic surges to 200-300. I highly recommend Mailwasher.

Posted on August 31st, 2004 by Katxena