absolutely sick and tired of spam and viruses :(

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Puck, Sep 9, 2003.

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    Puck Guest

    i have had just enough. despite the email filters set up at clara.net
    server and pretty much routing all my non business emails through
    clara.net now i am still getting something like 30 spams each day and
    countless viruses. in the last seven days i have received nearly 300
    viruses in all three of my email addresses. i the plus.net addresses
    are work related and so i can not really filter the emails as that
    might just bounce off a paypal or nochex payment. on one ocassion
    there were 51 viruses sent to one email address within a fifteen
    minute period.

    has there been a sudden explosion in spam lately with viruses
    attached? am i the only person affected? is there anything else that
    can be done other than report the spam to bl.spamcop.net which in
    itself takes ages if you want to report fifty spams each day :(

    i am sorry this is off topic but if someone has an effective solution
    against viruses and spam other than bombing the apamming bastards
    please let me know..
    Puck, Sep 9, 2003
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  2. I got back from working abroad to find nearly 3,000 spams waiting in my
    inbox. Since then, I have installed SpamPal (www.spampal.org.uk) which
    does a wonderful job of tagging it so that I can route it to a spam
    mailbox. It's then easy to quickly review the box for false positives
    before deleting the lot en masse.
    Mike Tomlinson, Sep 9, 2003
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    Puck Guest

    yes, i agree. too much work to check all spam emails.
    Puck, Sep 9, 2003
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    Tim Auton Guest

    Not really, you can check the "probable spam" mailbox less frequently
    than your inbox and increasingly less frequently as you become more
    confident that it's not trapping real emails.

    It's certainly better than a system which simply deletes everything it
    thinks is spam, false positives and all.

    Tim Auton, Sep 9, 2003
  5. The spam goes to a separate mailbox. Because of SpamPal's filtering, I
    know the contents of that spambox are going to be 99.99% spam. Hence a
    quick glance at the list of "From:" addresses (I don't open each mail)
    for false positives is all that's needed before I delete the lot.
    Sometimes I'll even delete them without checking.

    It also means my main inbox is uncluttered and free of spam. I can then
    get on with dealing with genuine incoming mail and sort out the spambox
    whenever it suits me.

    Hey, it's only a suggestion which happens to work for me. If you don't
    like it, you don't have to do it. :)

    Best solution of all would be to kill all spammers. Slowly. In public.
    Televised live. (One day...)
    Mike Tomlinson, Sep 9, 2003
  6. No way. That's letting the spammers win.
    Mike Tomlinson, Sep 10, 2003
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    Jeff Guest

    On Wed, 10 Sep 2003 12:46:23 +0100, Johannes H Andersen

    While I detest spam as much as anyone, bouncing spam back to source
    isn't clever, as a great deal of spam has a forged return address.
    Frequently all you're doing is bombarding some poor soul with a shed
    load of bounce messages.

    Much safer just to direct it to a black hole and forget it.

    Jeff, Sep 10, 2003
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    Jeff Guest


    Are you sure your clara filters are effective? I've recently tweeked
    mine and it seems to be catching about 99% of spam. The standard ones
    they have listed are pretty crap to be honest, either that or they
    have changed how their spam header insertion thing works and so the
    suggesed filters they give don't match.

    Anyway, my filters below:


    log 7 <my email address>

    X-RBL-Warning "." drop
    X-Warning "." drop
    X-Sender-Verification-Failed "." drop
    * "." forward <my email address>


    I forward all my mail to my main domain name hosted elsewhere. (hense
    the forward line at the end)


    Jeff, Sep 10, 2003
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    cpemma Guest

    A few weeks ago I was one of those poor souls, so do agree.

    Trouble I've found with mailwasher is, it's so damn slow at deleting. So I
    use a few OE rules, 100% certain spam (eg foreign characters, viagra) gets
    wiped on the server, 90% certain (eg click, unsubscribe) goes straight to
    deleted folder for a quick glance before mass delete. Most of the false
    positives get added to a "pass, friend" rule so I don't have to move them in
    cpemma, Sep 10, 2003
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    Sanddancer Guest

    I've had my main email address for nearly 3 years now. So for this
    year I don't thikn I've had more than 5 spam (all German porn?)
    emails, I've only had 1 virus (which Norton picked up straight away)
    from a friends computer. I have a Hotmail account which I use for
    Usenet, buying online & registering for stuff gets spammed to bits
    though. When things get too bad I just dump the account and open a
    new one.

    I must be lucky (touch wood & fingers crossed just in case).

    Sanddancer, Sep 10, 2003
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    Puck Guest

    okay, i have now started to do subject line scanning on claranet
    filters and that has stopped a fair few spam. in fact since doing that
    in the lst 48 hours i have been getting about 15-20 per day, not the
    70+. trouble is that i have also had two important emails bounced and
    so have to check logs to see whats going on.
    Puck, Sep 11, 2003
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