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#1 Bernie70

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 09:46 PM

My father now uses Microsoft Outlook for his email. Since I've always used web based email, I have no experience with POP3 mail and security. I looked in the section with all free programs, but didn't find anything about email spam and email scanners. Are there any popular programs that can be used in conjunction with Microsoft outlook to block spam and protect his email account? thanks for your input.

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 10:08 PM

For Spam (found in the Freeware list :thumbsup:) - SpamBayes

You should try to convince him to switch over to Thunderbird, which is made by the same people that make Firefox.
It offers Junk Mail Filters, Anti-Phishing Protection, Advanced Security, and Automatic Updates.
Also, like Firefox, it can be skinned with different Themes, and enhanced with the use of Extensions.

For a scanner, his Antivirus should do that.
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Posted 02 February 2007 - 01:08 AM

The best and primary place to catch spam is at the E-mail server; most good E-mail providers out of necessity already sidetrack a great number of spam messages before they arrive at your in box, and most also give users the ability to include their own filtres.
Switching the Tb allows the user to use a second level of filtering, but at the client level, with the ability to "teach" Tb the kinds of E-mails it should send to the trash file.
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Posted 02 February 2007 - 07:19 AM

jgweed is correct. The only way to protect a pop3 mail account with 100% effectiveness is to pre-scan the messages on the server before they are downloaded. If your father isn't interested in changing from Outlook, I highly recommend Mailwasher. It'll let him check his messages on the server before he downloads them and allow him to delete the ones he doesn't want before he does so. The current version is no longer free but an older version (1.33) is and can be downloaded here. I use that version with Outlook 2003 and all my pop3 accounts as well as webmail accounts. Absolutely nothing gets on my machines before I know what it is and who it's from. :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 08:39 AM

thank you all for your input and expertise.

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 08:45 AM

try AVG this is the website:

http://free.grisoft.com/doc/1


i have used it for over a year and no problems yet, works best on broadband

also i it setup so every time i log in it scans my computer


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