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On Fri, 19 Dec 2003 06:53:34 +0000, Mike Tomlinson

Let's hope that Uncle Bill means business:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/55/34578.html
If he's willing to pump a few gazillion into the project then at least some of the spammers will get what's coming to them.
Though I rather suspect that spam won't really go away until there has been a serious technical rethink on how email is transmitted.
PoP
Replying to the email address given by my news reader will result in your own email address being instantly added to my anti-spam database! If you really want to contact me try changing the prefix in the given email address to my newsgroup posting name.....
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Maybe one day he will do something about the security holes in his software as well !!
Dave
And you were born knowing all about ms windows....??
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On Thu, 18 Dec 2003 18:31:07 UTC, "Gavin Gillespie"

I've copied that and will use it (after correcting the two gratuitous apostrophes).
It's worth mentioning that reporting via spamcop is free, but it's also cheap to have a filtered spamcop email address that you can use in news postings. Works well for me.
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Two good options...
1) Install "POPFile" from http://popfile.sourceforge.net/ - This takes a little work, but is very powerful and can be used for more than just killing spam if you want.
2) Change to an e-mail provider that uses spam filtering - Many providers do this as part of the service - it doesn't always stop the spam getting to you, sometimes they just set an option in the "header" to say that they consider the message spam (handy if one of your friends sends you a ligitimate e-mail that looks quite like spam!!)
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John wrote:

Register a domain or transfer our domain to clarnet, and use their mail filters.
They have wildcard matching so you can just select what yiu w=ill receive from.
Also, never use your real email address I have things liki=e snipped-for-privacy@mydomain.co.uk, snipped-for-privacy@mydomain.co.uk and these are explicitly ailised to my real name. If one of them gets troublesome,. I ditch in favor of snipped-for-privacy@mydomain.co.uk etc and bin the old one. Its working reasonably well so far. Oh - never use your real e-mail addres or oinded a valid one n here (usenet) its just plain stoopid.
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well, I've managed it for years without causing me problems, as ever it depends.
I use different 'from' and 'reply' to' addresses- and have been for a few years now.
The From addresses get harvested, and I get a fair bit of spam to them. However the 'Reply to ' addresses rarely get any spam . So people can still contact me easily if they wish.
If any of the addresses do start to attract to much crap it is an easy thing just to change the email alias to a new disposable one.
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http://www.spamblocked.com is also worth a look.
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of
Snip
I use a program called Quick Delete. You run it before running your email program and it gives you a view of what is waiting to be downloaded from your Pop3 server. You then delete the stuff you don't want and leave only the emails you want on the server. You immediately run the email program and you will find that you only have the wanted emails sent to your PC.
The program can be obtained from www.yeti-soft.de
Good luck
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No one has suggested Mailwasher so I will.
It's a free prog from
www.mailwasher.net.
It looks at he mail on your server and lets you see the headers and mark the ones you don't want for deletion BEFORE the ever get on to your computer.
You can add a couple of simple rules and run a blacklist with one keypress and it will premark most spam for deletion, you still eyeball the headers before processing mail.(all spam progs can make mistakes) it will then run your email prog.
Been around quite a time and I still find it the easiest to use, and mostly I never even open my email programme as I rarely (sigh) get personal mail
mike r
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Pah - someone spammed my address book
try logging on to find that there are 5,700 emails waiting to download
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No-one's yet mentioned SpamPal, so I will. www.spampal.org.uk
It works very well in conjunction with Turnpike. I use it to route spam to a spam mailbox, where it gets deleted en masse after a quick glance for false positives.
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with a Bayesian plugin...
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If anyone finds a solution on how to block all SPAM, they'll be richer than Uncle Bill from Microsoft. :-))
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I tried mailwasher for a couple of months. The spam stabilized at about 7 to 8 a day. In the end I gave up and changed my e-mail address...
Is anyone suspicious about the e-mail address in the titles of spam and the strange character sets in the title and body of spam? Are they used by the spammers when you spoof non-delivery returns?
Colin

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On Mon, 12 Jan 2004 07:27:01 -0000, "Colin"

It's generally better not to do returns because this will cause some spam mailers to try other addresses on your domain.

.andy
To email, substitute .nospam with .gl
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On Mon, 12 Jan 2004 03:47:45 GMT, "BigWallop"

True. Stopping *all* of it is difficult, although with SpamAssassin and derivatives of it, which uses Bayesian filtering, database lookups of errant spam messages and other techniques, I find that I am typically getting about a 98% rejection.

.andy
To email, substitute .nospam with .gl
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Me too, with Norton AntiSpam.
Suzanne
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Better is a genuine address that tells them their mail is unwanted.
me(1-9)@privacy.net has been set up for just that purpose. Try sending email to it.
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Also, see www.mailinator.com.
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I was wondering if there was any encoded information in the apparently random letters in my spam messages. Would certainly be handy identifying messages when they are 'bounced' by Mail filtering programs (e.g. Mailwasher).
BTW I gave up on Mailwasher. Couldn't get below 6 spams a day. Changed my e-mail address. Now my children can use my computer again.
Colin
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