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ChoiceMail One
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Spam Bully
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Spam Buster

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Above are the discount end of the spam filter budget, prices are all under £20.

All of them claim to illiminae spam through a combination of:

All of the above mentioned softwares will block the old fashioned spam. I once wrote a spam filter that simply read an email and scored the message for words like viagra f#ckbuddy etc. I always erred on the side of caution because the software has failed if one legitimate email is blocked.

If an email had a high score it was tagged spam. The filter was OK.

The trick we then tried was to get the filter to learn what is and isn't spam. This is called a Bayesian filter. If the script starts seeing more than one email with words like "buy now" or special offer it could then learn that these were in fact spammers and not legitimate emails.

However although we could simply eradicate 40% of spam, the filter was constantly being adapted to combat changes in spam. Spammers are clever and there job is to stay one step ahead of any filter.

The major problem with learning on the job is that the first spam emails always get through! The system needs to be updated and tailored for the recipient. For example weight loss is a spam word. However if you were a gym or a weigh loss clinic then many of your emails may contain this term.

So basically any software is only as good as the data inputted into it. All of the above softwares will talk about being advanced and having additional rules like country ip blocking and multiple language filters but if they were honest, they have no more idea of what is spam that you do. I could teach you how to get around most filters in about 10 minutes and I'm not overly proficient.

Unless you are prepared to help the software learn that this is spam or this is not on a per email basis it is unlikely that any of the above will really help remove any but the most obvious spam which a simple junk mail rule in outlook could tackle.

Still its only £20!

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