a long time user of the Internet I have, like you, found
that spam, viruses and e-mail scams have been a major curse
on my Inbox. I receive on average about 100 e-mails a day
of which 85% are undoubtedly unwelcome and irritating.
The problem with spam is that at best it is a time waster
and at the worst a potential danger due to the damage which
can be wreaked by hidden viruses, scams and identity theft.
I soon learned that replying to spam and asking to be removed
achieved nothing other than to confirm that my e-mail address
was live and in use. In my efforts at self-preservation
I tried several other solutions including e-mail filtering
and the built-in tools in Outlook and other e-mail programs
. . . all to no avail.
a year ago a friend suggested that I try the free version
of MailWasher and try it I did. I have been using the
free version of MailWasher ever since and without a doubt
it has become a serious part of my daily routine. When
my editor offered the opportunity to review MailWasher
Pro I jumped at the chance.
impressions of the Pro version is that it does its job
very well and is a natural progression from the free
version. Its ability to address multiple accounts simultaneously
and the easy way in which you can define your own filters
and rules make this utility a boon to any Internet user.
Like many of you I have several e-mail accounts, in addition
to my own domain, which is a real pain as I get all the
spam for every e-mail address that my domain represents.
The catch-all nature of my e-mail account also means
that I get e-mail for accounts which don't exist - a
royal pain in the derriere. MailWasher Pro effectively
ends the painful and laborious process of manually filtering
this deluge of useless e-mail through a variety of tools
you have no familiarity with how MailWasher Pro works,
it is a very simple tool which allows you to preview
e-mail sitting on your server without downloading it.
It does a very good job of identifying spam and even
potential virii. MailWasher Pro allows you to delete,
bounce and report spam, you can even blacklist/friendlist
individual e-mail addresses or entire domains. Once you've
processed your e-mail you can launch your preferred e-mail
application and download the e-mail which has survived
the filtering process. MailWasher works by checking e-mail
against DNS blacklists, the local blacklists and friendlists
you build with MailWasher and also with a new service
called FirstAlert! which is administered by Firetrust
(the publisher of MailWasher). FirstAlert! works by using
a database of reported spam from other MailWasher Pro