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January 2, 2014 at 17:12:28
Specs: Windows 7
I want to block the sender who keeps sending me ads for viagra. They use my email address in the inbox listing and I'm afraid if I try to block it I'll only end up blocking myself. How can I find the REAL sender's address?

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January 3, 2014 at 09:04:25
Unfortunately, with the email system as it presently exists there isn't a great deal we can do about SPAM. Attempting to block SPAM using the displayed senders address is an exercise in futility. This address is almost always fake and is changed frequently.


#1
January 2, 2014 at 18:33:51
Finding the originating address for SPAM messages is very difficult. The senders go to great lengths to hide this.

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#2
January 2, 2014 at 22:47:47
Get a Gmail account, it is FREE.

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#3
January 3, 2014 at 06:37:58

These guys are working overtime. I delete several messages a day.
So basically there is no way to block this email even if I can't find the sender? If they can put a man on the moon you'd think...

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#4
January 3, 2014 at 09:04:25
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Unfortunately, with the email system as it presently exists there isn't a great deal we can do about SPAM. Attempting to block SPAM using the displayed senders address is an exercise in futility. This address is almost always fake and is changed frequently.

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#5
January 3, 2014 at 11:46:10
Try putting your email address in Google. If it finds it then so can the spammers and the only real answer is to change your email address then never put your email address in open text on the internet. There are countless ways to disguise an email address from spammers engines. Prevention (safe browsing) is better than cure

Mail rules are a losing battle because spammers sell email addresses to each other so the spam keeps increasing. This is not just theory, many years ago I ended up getting about 120 per day. I spent ages trying to stop them but changing my email address was the ultimate fix.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#6
January 3, 2014 at 18:09:06
farsighted,
I presume that you mark each of the messages as spam....and you are
NOT just deleting them? It's a common problem people have...they just delete the spam without marking it as spam and then the spam just keeps on multiplying....

If they are consistantly in your spam folder...set up a rule that will automatically send the messages to trash.

Yahoo mail gas awesome settings for spam...they work great!

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#7
January 3, 2014 at 20:44:41
Oh yes, I report them all as spam.
I try not to put a lot of information "out there" on the internet and I do as little business as possible on the computer. Businesses ask for my email address, but I don't give it to them unless I have to because I assume they'll start sending me advertisements. Just more stuff for me to delete. It seems every day the news reports how something has gotten hacked and information stolen. Unfortunately it seems that businesses are trying to move everything onto the computer to save themselves the cost of mailing. (Don't they read the news?)

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#8
January 3, 2014 at 22:12:39
You have to distinguish between outright SPAM and legitimate advertising from organizations you have dealt with or others who have obtained your email address indirectly. The later display real source email addresses and make no attempt to hide their identity. The fact that you may not wish to receive such messages does not make them SPAM. Email filtering works well with such messages.

Real SPAM is different. Spammers use harvested or made up email addresses that are sold by the millions. Displayed source email addresses are almost always fake and changed frequently. Spammers go to great lengths to hide their identity. Attempting to block such email by source address is futile.


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#9
January 3, 2014 at 23:50:26
Don't you have a content filter in your email settings? Just add the word 'viagra' to it.

Also you should be able to block email from your own address. I had to do that. Just remember not to send yourself any emails or if so, send them from another address.


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#10
January 4, 2014 at 08:23:33
Viagra type spam is not the sort that you get from general business transactions. To my mind your email address has been harvested by some means or another. Did Google find your email address?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#11
January 4, 2014 at 08:52:58
I don't type any information about myself into google. Afraid someone will grab it from there. I just ran superantispyware. 777 tracking cookies- some of them from google.
Seems like all I do is run antispyware. That Mac my brother keeps encouraging me to get keeps looking better and better because they are supposed to be harder for spyware to infiltrate.
I was afraid if I block myself it might screw up my email, but if it doesn't then I'll do that. I was also considering just changing my address.

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#12
January 4, 2014 at 09:35:51
On the subject of cookies, if you install CCleaner you can set it to only retain the cookies for which you have a definite need - all the rest will clear when you run it. In my case, for example, I let it keep my login to this website to save me typing it in again on every visit. Link to "CCleaner Slim" here:
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/do...

Even without CCleaner you can clear "all cookies" from your browser but in IE they will come back again. Some browsers, such as Firefox, can be set to retain specific cookies only, when closing the browser.

I don't believe that doing a google search for your email address poses a security risk but that is obviously up to you. It is a fact that any email address capable of being found using a search will also be found by the spammers search engines, then passed on to other spammers. Spam filters have their place but are a bit like shutting the door after the horse has bolted if you are getting this general spam.

If you create a link to Duck2Go it will be an encrypted search - see here:
http://duckduckgo.com/

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#13
January 4, 2014 at 15:53:43
"777 tracking cookies"
I use Adblock Plus
https://adblockplus.org/en/features

"Disable Tracking
With every browsing session, there are multiple firms tracking your online activity and browsing history. There are hundreds of ad agencies tracking your every move, but with Adblock Plus you can easily disable all tracking, and browse the web truly anonymously."


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#14
January 4, 2014 at 16:46:14
It wouldn't suprise me if email addresses were bought and sold the way telephone numbers are. So the more you use an email address the more spam you're likely to get.

Other than spam with email addresses that are spoofed--like getting spam from yourself--I think you'll find most spam originates from the yahoo.com domain. I don't know why that is but if you have no dealings with anyone with a yahoo account you could block their entire domain.


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#15
January 5, 2014 at 07:34:33
Think you're right about yahoo, but I belong to a few yahoo groups that I visit every day.

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#16
January 5, 2014 at 07:43:12
'I don't know why that is but if you have no dealings with anyone with a yahoo account you could block their entire domain.'
I find that a bit hard to digest...I have used yahoo for years. It's like any other account like gmail....in fact yahoo just hired one of the executives from gmail....I think it was the designer....so go figure....it's a bit hard to block everyone that has a yahoo account....wouldn't you say?

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#17
January 5, 2014 at 14:37:56
I obviously didn't knock everyone with a yahoo account. I just noted quite a bit of spam originates from users of yahoo email--more so than I would expect given all the other email providers. I also mentioned that in a previous posting:

http://www.computing.net/answers/se...

and the OP agreed.

Don't blame the messenger.

Edit Oh, and to block all users from a particular domain, Yahoo for example, I just enter @yahoo.com in my 'block email from addresses I specify' settings in my AOL spam settings. I imagine other email providers have similar services.

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