Solved Stop yahoo mail dumping Spam (sponsored) emails into in-box

June 4, 2014 at 05:54:27
Specs: Mac OSX Mavericks, ???
It seems that Yahoo has now started to deliver (dump would be a better term) sponsored emails (spam is my description) into users' mail inboxes. These cannot be selected for removal - as spam, nor even simply deleted...; let alone moved to the junk folder...

Any ideas how to get this stopped (blocked or tagged as spam from the start); to prevent them from cluttering up the in-box area at least?

It would seem Yahoo may now being doing this as normal practice; and requesting (demanding is my description) that we pay a yearly fee to have this junk stopped...

It applies to the mail account when accessed via Yahoo messenger, and the actual yahoo.co.uk or .com website proper.

Also received (again via Yahoo) an unrequested promo and invite to to sign up to Facebook - and I don't use that and don't go anywhere near it...

Likely if yahoo persist in the junk many of us will leave it - permanently...

Any thoughts on removing and blocking this sponsored junk mail from Yahoo sources would be much appreciated...


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June 4, 2014 at 16:44:37
By switching back to the old version of Yahoo Mail, and implementing some AdBlock Plus (for Firefox) rules, the "sponsored ads" now no longer show. Might be worth a try, anyway...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."



#1
June 4, 2014 at 08:59:13
Gmail's free. So's Outlook.com. You could go with a free AOL account, and pretend you're stuck in the 90's. There are still a few for pay email providers out there. Mostly for the people who have registered their own domain and need to point their record somewhere.

Have you tried downloading an email client and trying the IMAP settings? If the spam's served up by the web site, you should be able to avoid them. Yahoo used to charge for the privilege, but I don't see the notice anymore on their IMAP info page.

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#2
June 4, 2014 at 09:34:37
"if yahoo persist in the junk many of us will leave it"
Sounds like a plan.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
June 4, 2014 at 13:26:33
"if yahoo persist in the junk many of us will leave it"
+1 Gmail.

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#4
June 4, 2014 at 14:00:13
I tend not to like Gmail as it has an alleged history of snooping into email content; likewise inclined to cooperate with the US (NSA etc. ) in providing info from some accounts...; slightly dodgy security overall...

I have installed adblocker (a sort of freebie - they ask for a donation based on what one thinks is suitable); and for the moment (since this mid-afternon) it appears no more junk emails arriving... - for the moment at least...

If they still arrive later will look imap approach - probably using M$-Office\Outlook as that "may" allow options? Although as yahoo seem to be making cash from this venture of "junk emails" into one's in-box directly, and to prevent it requires the user pays for the fix.. I can't see yahoo giving up too easily over this... Otherwise I may create yet another hotmail (sorry outlook.com) account to replace yahoo; although it will be a pain to advise all those who may need to know of the change...

Incidentally I have emailed Yahoo customer support (mmm..) about it and asked for it to stop; or at least provide a (free) way to block them and stop them arriving into the in-box. Based on their track record overall I'm not holding my breath... But will keep y'all appraised of any replies...

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#5
June 4, 2014 at 14:29:48
Okay, time to dispel some email myths.

Gmail snoops in my email
Yes, it does. It looks for keywords, for targeted ads. It also scans your email for spam filtering. Microsoft and Yahoo do as well. The worst case we know of is, ironically, Microsoft. They had their employees reading email messages out of a guy's inbox.

So why is Google singled out? Presumably because Microsoft hired a guy who organized political attack ads.

Email provider X is giving my emails to the government
They all do, without a warrant, by law. In general, put nothing in an email you wouldn't want someone reading out loud in a crowded room, because it very well may be.

I assume this attitude comes from the NSA revelations. Both Microsoft and Google are moving to protect themselves from nosy government bodies. Microsoft legally, and Google technologically. And their approaches say so much about both of them, don't you think?

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#6
June 4, 2014 at 14:37:46
mmm phud for thort...

Meanwhile Yahoo's initial response is to point me to their standard help pages for mail filters etc.; none of which apply to the problem as discussed... One cannot even touch these emails in the mail list of the in-box (they appear with a blue background at the top of the list) - without they open immediately; and there is"no way" to mark them as spam/junk, or to block them...

Have replied to them advising they haven't actually addressed the issue as described... and asking for more specific help - input at least.


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June 4, 2014 at 16:44:37
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By switching back to the old version of Yahoo Mail, and implementing some AdBlock Plus (for Firefox) rules, the "sponsored ads" now no longer show. Might be worth a try, anyway...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#8
June 5, 2014 at 00:30:51
T-R-A Yes... I've managed to do that, and hopefully that will suffice... I run Safari and/or Iron.

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#9
June 5, 2014 at 01:13:53
I uhh, still uhh, use AOL. No problems there.

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#10
June 5, 2014 at 04:38:58
I thought AOL - like Compuserve already - were now in danger of sucumbing to "Dodo-itis"; which, as every ornithologist knows, proves fatal in the end...

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#11
June 5, 2014 at 07:07:14
It has been since the late '90s. It just keeps trudging along, though. I assume it was thanks to the Time Warner money. These days, they own a bunch of blogs, none of them carrying the AOL name.

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#12
June 6, 2014 at 07:09:26
A dreaded best answer here is almost impossible... But as T-R-A was n the same vein of thought as moi... It seemed the logical " choice".

Comments various from the rest of the chaps also much appreciated and useful... Possibly this possibly this post will turn up anon via a google trawl, and give others awee bit of "phud for thort..." too...?

Chhers,

Trvlr


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