Unwanted sexually explicit spam

medion
October 14, 2006 at 13:20:08
Specs: XP, 2.53/500
Hi

I am getting sexually explicit spam e-mail.

I am getting this sad trash emailed / spammed each day. It seems that as quick as I block it more and larger quantities are being e-mailed. How can I stop it from even appearing on my e-mail? I know I can use a spam filter but the sad creators of this muck are deliberately miss-spelling the titles to get round it. Ideally I don’t even want to get these e-mails downloading into my inbox. How can I stop them? Is there anyway of reporting the email account’s that are sending this rubbish?

Thanks


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#1
October 14, 2006 at 14:05:01
Not exactly what you are looking for, but this thread may help

http://www.computing.net/windowsxp/...

I faced your same trouble and spamihilator resolved the problem with almost no tuning.


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#2
October 14, 2006 at 14:17:18
Thank you

I will def give this a try. Anything to stop this tripe.


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#3
October 14, 2006 at 14:47:31
Anything to stop this tripe.

Not really. Spam is a way of life in the Cyberspace like the junk-mail we receive in real life. Just ignore them and hit the Delete button.

i_XpUser


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#4
October 14, 2006 at 14:51:06
To prevent unwanted spam you need to prevent them from getting your email in the first place. Once they have it you can usually expect to continue getting spam for a very long time. here are some things to keep in mind.

1. If you receive a solicitation email with a link to be removed from their mailing list DO NOT use it. Many spammers mass mail to email addresses at random hoping to get some hits. By using the"remove" link you are only verifying that there is a live person at that email address.

2. Do not publish your email on any web page. There are "bots" thats will scour pages throughout the internet to grab those email addresses.

3. Be very careful when sigingin up for any service or account that requires your email address.

My best method of reducing spam is using different email accounts. I have three main email accounts.

My yahoo account is my spam account. I use that account whenever I need to sign up for something and an email address is required AND I feel that they may share the info or where I never really need to hear from that company. I may have to go to Yahoo right after signing up to activate the account. But, I never check that email and yahoo (and others) have pretty good spam control already.

I also have my email address through my ISP. I use this for accounts where I do business on a regular basis and want to hear from that company if that need to contact me: Ebay, Paypal, etc.

My third account is my personal account which I only use for friends and family. I never use if for creating any accounts.

Michael J


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#5
October 14, 2006 at 15:00:57
What email client are you using?

Life is more painless for those who are brainless.


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#6
October 14, 2006 at 15:26:49
Over the years I have learned if you start your email address with 1 number or more instead of a letter you will receive very little spam.

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#7
October 14, 2006 at 16:30:14
floppytop

Familiar story - you and millions of others.

Once you have spam a new email address is the only real way to get rid of it. Next note 1 to 3 in post #4, particularly the bit about not putting your email address in open text on any website.

The spammers sell CD's to each other so it just gets worse with time. Filtering risks losing genuine email, often requires a lot of time to get right, and never totally cures it.

#6 is well worth noting but it won't cure spam once you've got it, nor will it help if you then publish it on a website.

As a linked aside I would suggest you don't use your actual name as part of an email address. Spam is bad enough but allowing anyone to guess who you are (with various worrying scams about) can be even worse.

DerekW


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#8
Stephen Fox October 14, 2006 at 18:46:43
"Over the years I have learned if you start your email address with 1 number or more instead of a letter you will receive very little spam."

AOL does not permit this action. Quite significant since they are the largest provider.

Stephen Fox
Windows 95 4.00.950 C
PENTIUM MMX 233MHz; 128MB RAM
DELL LATITUDE CP P5-233 LAPTOP


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#9
October 14, 2006 at 18:51:00
I wouldn't have AOL if it was free!!

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#10
October 14, 2006 at 19:42:21
floppytop

A few more points. You mentioned, mis-spelling titles. True, but they also do a whole lot more than that. Using HTML, .gif pictures, encoding, spoof source addresses and so forth.

Tracing the true source is rarely possible unless you are an expert with more at your disposal than a mere PC.
In any event a great deal of spam is being sent out unwittingly by infected machines (ie an innocent source).

Most servers have an email address (abuse "at" ....) for reporting spam. Unfortunately often they are under-resourced, and they never reply so you've little real idea whether it's helping or not.

So, change your email address then guard it well. Try not to give it to those idiots who multi-address their "you'll all love this" stuff to everyone under the sun without any attempt to hide the recipients (probably because they've never heard of BCC or anything else about computer security).

DerekW


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#11
October 15, 2006 at 02:32:47
what's wrong with upgrading your trouser department? ever thought of re-financing your mortgage with a 110% enlarged penis? :-)

when i signed up to gmail, i remember having more than 20 spam mails in the junk folder BEFORE i ever sent the first mail or gave this address to anyone ... what will that tell us?

sure there are way's to keep the spammers at bay (guarding your address, filters are legion, disposable email for one-time use, etc.) but you'll hardly solve the problem to 100% satisfaction.

Today's subliminal thought is: 'Calm down ... it's only ones and zeros.'

icq 10183575


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#12
October 15, 2006 at 03:09:20
If i need to sign up anywhere i use a disposable email either at yahoo or hotmail.

I did sign up with one company and oddly enough next day there were 80+ spam mails in that inbox. . . .

Personally i use mailwasher, it does take a little setting up and tuning but it rarely gets any wrong these days and those it does are actually my fault in draconian rules some are friends fault for not addressing the email to me so it shows up as not to me.

Just checked my pop3 mail, 3 genuine mails and about 30 spam, way less than it used to be. a lot of companies now use the word spam in the subject line to make it easieer for ppl to block them, although i do have a couple of those in my friends list as I am interested in their products and they are not real spammers. I don`t even have to bounce emails anymore

Woof

Always proof-read carefully to see if you any words out.


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#13
October 15, 2006 at 09:11:09
Interesting to note that gmail and others got folk spammed from day 1. It seems I placed too much emphasis on leaving your email addy on the web (maybe because that's where mine originally came from). Many possibilities....

DerekW


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#14
October 15, 2006 at 11:47:57
I get NO spam on my gmail acct that starts with 3 numbers. On another acct that is all letters I get at least 50 a day.

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