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Check out the sections below for tips and tools. Each item is marked with
keyletters - W for Windows Users; M for Mac; U for UNIX/Linux; A for Any; I
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- [AI] How to complain to the spammer's
provider is a write-up on the steps of generating a spam complaint.
- [AI] How to effeciently
complain about spam mail is another tutorial on complaining about spam.
- [AI] Cookie Jar
101 is a tool for generating "fake" addresses traceable to the "spambot"
that originally harvested them from your webpage.
- [AC] SpamCop is perhaps the biggest
and best-known spam-reporting tool there is.
- [AS] Spam Identifier is a tool for
looking up the owners of an IP address or domain name.
- [AS] SpamAbuse.org has spam
tracing and reporting tools.
- [AS] Alert!Spam is a spam
- [ASC] Remove Spam is a
spam-reporting service that offers manual tracking and reporting of your
spam on a per-report or monthly fee basis.
- [WP] Spam Control
is a shareware reporting tool that works with Microsoft Outlook to forward
spam to a reporting organization.
- [WP] Spam-Abuse is an
open source reporting tool for Windows.
- [WPC] Spam Punisher is a
program that assists with creating complaints about received spam.
- [WPC] DrStopSpam
RevengeWare is an automated reporting tool.
- [UP] Doug Muth's
forrep shell script for procmail can send
COMPLETE headers of a spam message to some `responsible' person.
- [UP] adcomplain makes
it easy for perl or csh users to report spaMmers.
- [AI] Rahul Dhesi on
tracing the real account behind a spammer.
- [AI] Google Groups
can be useful for discovering how widely a Usenet spam is distributed.
- [AI] ed falk's Spam Tracking Page
tracks Usenet spam.
- [AI] Visualware has supplied an
Tutorial with a considerable amount of information and a small amount of
selling of their eMailTrackerPro tool.
- [AI] AbuseButler lists
"spamvertised" (advertised via spam) URLs.
- [AS] Steve Atkins' Sam Spade web-based
tools for tracing spam and Win95/NT freeware tools (dig, relay-check, smart
whois, portscan etc.)
- [AS] UXN Spam Combat web-based
tools for tracing spam and decoding obfuscated URLs.
- [AS] S.P.U.T.U.M.'s
background info on spam tracing, and some FRAMES based pages for
- [UP] Chip Rosenthal's
Ungoopspam is a UNIX command-line tool for de-obfuscating spammers' URLs.
- [UP] Chip Rosenthal's
Spamtrak is a UNIX tool for adding tracking headers to incoming e-mail.
- [AIS] Tim Williams' E-mail
Countermeasures page has a collection of hiding techniques at various
levels of complexity and security.
- [AI] James Thornton has information on
redirect to protect addresses and using a
to prevent address harvesting,
- [AS] Sneakemail is an address-hiding
- [AS] The Spam Motel:Spam checks
in, but it never checks out? This is an address-hiding service with some
- [AS] NetMails.net is another
- [AS] TrashMail is a free disposable
e-mail address service.
- [ASC] MailMoat is another
disposable e-mail address service.
- [ASC] Morgle is another free
disposable e-mail address service.
- [ASC] MailSecret allows a secret
subject which when entered as the subject will add the sender to your address
book and then allow them to send mail to the specified address.
- [ASC] Privacy Edge is
policy-based disposeable e-mail address service.
- [AS] Escrambler is a
your mailto: address on the fly.
- [AS] The Alicorna
Obfuscator is a site for web page creators that creates an obfuscated
e-mail address using HTML character entities.
- [AS] Yet another
obfuscator (auf Deutsch).
- [AS] The Do Not Disturb Portal
encoder generates encrypted addresses for web pages.
- [AS] The
MungeMaster claims to be the "best" munge available.
- [AS] The Enkoder
is another online encoder. A Mac OS X 10.2 downloadable application is also
- [AS] MailVeil hides addresses
inside of Flash files.
- [AS] SafeMailto is
another address encoder.
- [AS] SafeEmail.org is yet
another address encoder.
- [WMPC] Spam
Vaccine is a tool that webmasters can run over their sites to encode and
protect e-mail addresses against web scrapers.
- [WP] mailto obfuscator.exe
is a Windows program that produces obfuscated mailto URLs for inclusion in
- [UP] NPH-Email is an NPH perl script that hides
your e-mail address behind a redirect.
a perl module that generates contact forms for web sites.
This section is new, please send submissions to the address below.
It's somewhat arguable whether Messenger popups are "real" spam, but we get
enough questions about them that we're supplying the following reference.
- [AP] Mozilla, the open-source
browser, has a 'Bayesian' (learning) anti-spam filter built in.
- [AP] POPFile is a multi-
platform learning filter.
- [AP] SpamBayes is a free
Bayesian (learning) filter application.
- [AP] BlackMamba is a
semi-automatic spam filter and email previewer. It lets you connect to your
POP3 mail server and peek into your mailbox. BlackMamba automatically
categorizes the messages as "friendly", "possible spam", and "spam" based on a
few simple configuration steps. It allows you to delete the messages, and it
maintains an address book, a list of spammers, and a mail size filter. It
should be useful if you've gone on a holiday and haven't checked your email
for weeks and know that your mailbox will be full of junk. BlackMamba sorts
your email messages without downloading the messages in their entirety.
- [APC] SpamX is a Java-based blocking
and reporting tool for any POP3 e-mail.
- [AS] despammed.com's filter service
removes UCE from email you receive.
- [AS] spamgourmet.com's limited use
addresses expires addresses after a certain number of messages.
- [AS] N-Dream is a service that logs
into your e-mail account and deletes spam out of it.
- [AS] Tmicha.net is a free e-mail
forwarder (with a cute girlfriend) that filters using ORDB and Spamcop.
- [AS] 0spam is a free mail filtering
service for multiple types of e-mail accounts.
- [AS] Spam Interceptor is a pop3 proxy that
adds ease of use and challenge-response to SpamAssassin for the end user.
- [AS] Cashette is a free service
that stops spam for your multiple email accounts. You can name your own price
for spam. An advertiser will have to pay you the price you set, or the email
will not reach your inbox.
- [ASC] Mailshell [trial service is
free, permanent service available for pay] offers a personalized e-mail domain
and filtering and forwarding to a real address.
- [ASC] eioMAIL.com's Target Revocable
E-Mail lets you give out new addresses on the fly and revoke them whenever you
- [ASC] Emailias allows users to
generate a unique per-use address which can be used to track contacts by
source and easily stop unwanted communication from that source.
- [ASC] Spamex protects your real email
address by letting you create disposable email addresses to use instead.
- [ASC] Spamfree.net provides a
variety of filters (content, relay, attachment, hyperlink and image) and works
with your existing e-mail address.
- [ASC] Broadband Antispam
is a service designed to do spam filtering for broadband (cable/DSL) users.
- [ASC] Atqui Spam Filter
is a service that prefilters e-mail and lets you use your current e-mail
address and mail server.
- [ASC] Clean MyMailbox
is an anti-spam ASP that requires no software to install, no DEAs, no MX
record changes. Users simply sign-up and enjoy clean POP mailboxes.
- [ASC] CruelMail is an email
service provider that lets its users charge senders a delivery fee for all
email sent to their accounts. Users may list addresses who won't be subject
to the delivery fee. Email for which the delivery fee was not paid won't be
delivered to the user. CruelMail collects the fee and transfers it to the user
(minus a modest commission).
- [ASC] Bluebottle Systems operates
an asp service to help individuals to protect their mail accounts (including
Hotmail) from spam.
- [ASC] Email Filtering is an
e-mail scanning service for single (POP) email accounts and domain filtering.
This hosted service means no software to install and updates are managed on
hosted servers. 90-95% of spam removed without over blocking. Free 1 month
- [ASC] Apexmail Professional is a
spam and virus filtered e-mail account service.
- [ASC] Herbivore prevents spam by
automatically utilizing all email messages sent to the users on the Herbivore
network. The messages are hash coded to ensure privacy and given a unique ID
that identifies sender, title and body content. If more than 2 messages are
received and find matches in the database the message is sent to the bulk file
allowing the user to make a final determination of validity.
- [ASC] NoSpam is a consumer-centric
tool that provides a simple web interface to manage POP account spam
filtering. Users are given a new POP account which will filter incoming email
and apply user specified whitelist and blacklist settings.
- [ASC] GoodbyeSpam.com is
anti-spam protection for consumers and small businesses that works with all
e-mail accounts including POP3, AOL, Yahoo, Hotmail, MSN, IMAP and Juno.
Offers three levels of security to defeat even the most persistent spammers
and allows users to import addresses from e-mail programs to an "approved"
list with a single click.
- [ASC] Cleanster is a $3/month
filtering service for any sort of POP3 mail account.
- [ASC] The Spam Eater is a server-
side challenge-based whitelist service that works with any existing POP
address. It also happens to have collided with the boilerplate we use to tell
people who have new products how to fill out our form...
- [ASC] InboxProtection is a
filtering service for e-mail that can be used by individuals or ISPs.
- [ASC] Spam Janitor is a pre-
filtering service for non-mission-critical e-mail whose goal is to minimize
false positives (real mail deleted as being spam).
- [ASC] FilterMy.Com believes that
they have the easiest spam and virus filtering in the world.
- [ASC] SafemaiL provides spam and
virus filtering with whitelist support.
- [ASC] ApproveMail.com is a
- [ASC] Sentinare is a secure
spam-free e-mail filtering solution.
- [ASC] SpamGate! is a
- [WSC] Cloudmark
SpamNet is an Outlook add-in that saves you time and frustration by
stopping spam automatically.
- [WSC] spamXpress is an Outlook
Express subscription-based filter system.
- [AI] George Eby has some
instructions on how to
delete junk e-mail before you see it under netscape.
- [MPC] Email Magician
is an e-mail management product for Eudora that includes highly flexible
- [MPC] Spamfire is a POP filtering
program for Mac OS 9 and OS X.
- [WMP] Pegasus Mail, an alternative
to Outlook, is known for good security and spam filtering capabilities.
- [WP] SCSMFILTER.EXE
is a freeware NT service that filters both incoming and outgoing mail based
on all sorts of criteria. It also supports a plugin interface so you can add
- [WP] SpamGuard is a Windows POP pre-
filter that works with most Windows POP-based mailers. It uses a filtering
list maintained by the developers on a centralized server, easing the user of
the burden of maintaining their own filters.
Spam filter is a program that you run on your PC; it logs into your POP
account periodically and deletes e-mail messages containing words or phrases
that you choose.
- [WP] MailWasher allows preview
of messages and deletion of spam prior to download.
- [WP] Spammunition is a freeware
filtering system for MS Outlook.
- [WP] SpamPal is a free blocklist
client for Windows systems.
- [WP] SPAMfighter is a free
Outlook client plugin that checks a server for blocking information.
- [WPC] ChoiceMail is a challenge-
response system, software that intercepts e-mail from unknown correspondents
and makes them prove that they're humans and not spammers.
- [WPC] MailSifter is a
filtering program for Windows POP clients. It allows a mix of
developer-supplied and custom filters.
- [WPC] MailShield
Desktop and Workgroup are filters for Windows POP clients. It features a
grading and scoring system for messages to allow fine-tuning of the filtering
Spam Agent has a comprehensive set of filters that block spam and unwanted
emails. It has the ability to create custom filters. It also has the ability
to report spammers with a mouse-click.
- [WPC] SpamAssassin Pro brings the
power of SpamAssassin to Outlook and Exchange users.
- [WPC] Email
Express! is an anti-spam email proxy. It uses realtime blackhole lists,
word proximity filtering, bug filtering, and active content filtering.
- [WPC] Anti Spam Software
Provides anti-spam email software for Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express and
- [WPC] InBox Filter
deletes spam messages at your e-mail server before you download them to your
e-mail client. Flexible and online updatable filters will help you to catch
all spam messages sent to your mailbox.
- [WPC] Spam Outpost will
eliminate the spam in your inbox before you download it. It will detect any
possible spam using a comprehensive list of inappropiate words and strings
that are common in junk mails. The list is totally editable to suit your
needs. You can also add emailaddresses, domains and names that you want no
more email from.
- [WPC] SpamBurner is a combination
of filter and restricted e-mail client that can use Outlook or Outlook Express
as a viewer.
- [WPC] No Damn Spam eliminates spam
email essentially 100% for most net users (all POP3 and IMAP4 accounts), and is
especially easy for Outlook Express users.
- [WPC] SpamButcher is an
anti-spam filter for Windows users. It uses Fuzzy Logic to eliminate up to
98% of Spam.
- [WPC] SpamBully combines a number
of techniques (filtering, blocking spamhauses, challenge-response, whitelists)
in a single system.
- [WPC] Spam Alarm
blocks 99% of unwanted junk messages by combining our innovative multilevel
filtering, statistical analysis of individual words and heuristic scanning.
- [WPC] Spam Inspector works
with Outlook, Outlook Express and AOL.
- [WPC] PocoMail is an alternative
Windows e-mail client with built-in spam filtering.
- [WPC] spamPepper is 100% spam
blocking for POP accounts without using filters. Valid senders register
through a secure protocol to allow their m ail through.
- [WPC] SpamWeed is a personal POP3
proxy that filters spam using a combination of Bayesian filter,
auto-whitelist, black list and other technologies. It blocks most of the spam
(usually over 95%) with almost no false-positives. Very effective and
time-saving for users.
- [WPC] McAfee SpamKiller is rule
and filter based spam blocker for Windows.
- [WPC] Spam Manager uses
multiple techniques to block spam.
- [WPC] Inboxer can block over 99% of
spam and junk email. Unlike most anti-spam products, InBoxer builds unique
filters for each user based on his or her mail folders. Uses Bayesian analysis
and other advanced techniques to filter for good and junk email.
- [WPC] Saavor
is a challenge-response system (a program that attempts to verify that an
e-mail sender is a human instead of a program).
- [WPC] Eureka is a full e-mail
client with intelligent junk filtering, powerful searches and advanced
- [WPC] Veriat is a certificate system
combined with some other (undefined) technologies that claims a 1 in one
million false positive rate.
- [WPC] Ella for Spam Control
is a plug-in for Microsoft Outlook. It uses adaptive learning and bayesian
filtering to eliminate spam. Ella also automatically sorts incoming mail into
user-defined folders for easy prioritization of messages.
- [WPC] MailMate is a simple, yet
powerful Anti-Spam software to keep you away from the pain of junk email
without changing how you receive e-mail.
- [WPC] Xtrawise Spam
Filter for Windows supports all standard POP3 email clients without any
configuration including Outlook, Outlook Express, Netscape Mail, Opera, Eudora
and Pegasus Mail. Also blocks Windows Messenger Service Spam.
- [WPC] Qurb Qurb anti-spam software
received PC Magazine's Editor's Choice for anti-spam software. The Qurb
plug-in to Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express completely blocks spam from
your Inbox by automatically compiling and managing a white list of approved
senders. Qurb's spoof-proof white list make it impossible for spammers to
reach you by pretending to be someone you know.
- [WPC] Lockspam is free but safe
anti-spam software for Outlook users.
Email Sentinel Pro converts your incoming messages to harmless plain text
messages. It also intercepts and handles email attachments on the fly and
creates White Lists, to decide which senders can safely send you HTML emails
- [WPC] Mailbox Filter is yet
another filtering service.
- [WPC] Spam
Blocker is a spam filter for MS Outlook.
- [WMI] Sprocket Labs has a write-up on
filtering spam in Eudora. Go about 3/4 of the way down the page.
- [WMI] Eudora users can follow
instructions for spam filtering for Eudora 3.0
- [WMI] Here is another Eudora filter
- [WI] A free
tutorial on mail filtering for Outlook and Outlook Express.
- [WI] Free Spam Filtering Tactics
Using Eudora is pretty much what it sounds like.
- [UP] rblcheck
includes sendmail and qmail examples of how it can be used by procmail to
check if the sending site is in the RBL
- [UP] despam
is a procmail + perl + BBDB package to filter spam.
- [UP] junkfilter,
a comprehensive procmail-based junk e-mail filtering system
by Gregory Sutter and Matthew Hunt.
- [UP] The SpamBouncer is a
procmail package for filtering spam, as well as stopping some of the common
- [UP] SpamAssassin is a perl
script which detects incoming spam to a user's mailbox, using text patterns,
header analysis, Vipul's Razor and the set of DNSBL services. It can run from
procmail, from .forward, or from a Mail::Audit filter.
is a procmail like program, although larger (C++) and more efficient,
with built in filtering capabilities.
- [UP] Jason Rennie's program
(intelligent mail filter) may be usable to spot `duplicate' messages.
- [UP] mapSoN can be used like procmail
to reject certain domains, or require users to send a reply before allowing
email to be delivered. It relies on properties of the remote system to work,
so certain users may not be able to get email through.
- [UP] Bogofilter is a
learning filter that can run from procmail or maildrop.
- [UP] Spamprobe is another
learning filter that can run from procmail or maildrop.
- [UP] Quick Spam
Filter is another learning filter.
- [UP] CRM114 is another
- [UI] Tutorial
on filtering with procmail
- [UI] acme procmail
- [WI] The authors of the book _Internet Privacy for Dummies_ have a
tutorial on turning off Windows Messenger. They're a couple of nice guys
as well as being principals of CAUCE and
friends of mine.
- [AI] BlogSpam.ORG is a resource
site for stopping spam to blogs (weblogs).
Scott Hazen Mueller / E-mail me