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spam infesting my email and I need to stop it


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#1 kc8pcl

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 06:33 AM

Hi,

   I am running a dell optiplex 780 with windows 7 pro, I am running yahoo mail and it looks as though my son has been to dating sites and now my spam folder has at least 20 to 30 emails in there daily. I have tried to go to each one and un subscribe but it seems the more I do that even more show up, I know that I could delete my yahoo mail but if I could keep it and get all these spams to stop, that would be better. Can anyone help me here ?


Edited by hamluis, 07 May 2018 - 09:29 AM.
Moved from Win 7 to Web Browsing/Email - Hamluis.


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Posted 07 May 2018 - 08:33 AM

You can do one of three things:

> Keep flagging each spam that you get in the inbox and eventually it will lessen. But....your email address is now being circulated and there isn't anything you can do.

> Open a new email account and start using that. This time do not make it available to anyone else.

> Move to Gmail and open an account. I don't trust any email provider that suffered two major hack attacks and lost millions of email addresses.


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Posted 07 May 2018 - 09:45 AM

Hi,

   I am running a dell optiplex 780 with windows 7 pro, I am running yahoo mail and it looks as though my son has been to dating sites and now my spam folder has at least 20 to 30 emails in there daily. I have tried to go to each one and un subscribe but it seems the more I do that even more show up, I know that I could delete my yahoo mail but if I could keep it and get all these spams to stop, that would be better. Can anyone help me here ?

 

20 to 30 spam messages daily is a drop in the ocean for any e-mail address that's been in existence for any period of time.  The fact that they're already flagged as spam and sent to the folder for that express purpose makes them a non-problem, as far as I'm concerned.  If you need to double check that something not spam has not been incorrectly classified as such then a once a day check, and emptying the spam folder, is all that's necessary.

 

You have now learned the lesson that "unsubscribing" from spam is something you never want to do.  The whole idea of an unsubscribe link in spam is to allow the spammer to confirm that the e-mail address exists and that someone is monitoring it.  They then know they've harvested an address they can resell.  Anything that is sorted to the spam folder that is spam should not really be touched, beyond opening it if you even wish to do that.  I just let them get deleted by aging off but will occasionally open the folder, select all, and delete now.

 

You are never going to get all spam to stop unless you switch e-mail addresses with great frequency, and who wants to do that?   Spam filtering, mostly via Bayesian filtering methods, has been raised to an art form and most major e-mail service providers are constantly updating their filters based on what subscribers flag as spam that might have slipped through the existing filters.  That's the whole purpose of spam filtering and the spam folder.  One never "gets rid of" spam in the literal sense one just has it relegated to a folder where, is one so chooses, one need never deal with it and it gets purged from on a cyclic basis.


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#4 kc8pcl

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 07:09 AM

Thank you guy's for responding to my problem. I guess that I will close my yahoo email account and open a gmail one.






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