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SpamPal is a spam filtering system whose main aim is to separate spam from the mail you really want to read, by filtering the spam into a separate spamtrap folder. You can then look through the messages in the spamtrap folder at a later date and once you're happy they are all spam, you can delete them!

SpamPal works as a
POP3/IMAP4 mail proxy server, in other words, SpamPal sits between your email program and your ISP's server. When your receive an email, SpamPal processes the email you receive, works out if these messages are spam and then marks them as spam by adding **SPAM** to the Subject line and by adding a header, X-SpamPal: SPAM

This process is carried out, mainly, by comparing your emails against lists of known spam messages, using Public Blacklists (also called DNSBL lists) such as SpamCop

You can also use various additional plugins, such as the
Bayesian and RegEx filters (providing a choice of SpamAssassin or Regular expression filters), to provide additional ways of detecting if a message is spam or not, without relying on the DNSBLs. Using the HTMLModify plugin, you can remove web-bugs from your emails and it will also rename (or delete) dangerous attachments (such as .bat,.scr and .pif), which usually indicate a virus!

SpamPal uses very little resources and has a very minimal set of requirements in order to use the program:
  • A machine running Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 or XP (Win95 users will need IE 3.0 or later)
  • A POP3/IMAP4 mailbox.
  • A standard email program such as Outlook Express, Outlook, Eudora, TheBat, Forte Agent, FoxMail etc.
Note: non-standard email access
Users of Hotmail should consult this page and look for instructions on how to use third-party tool Hotmail popper, as SpamPal cannot currently be used with MSN (this may be overcome in a future version)

SpamPal cannot be used with AOL directly, but it may work if you consult this page and look for instructions on how to use third-party tool YahooPOPs! to fetch your AOL mail using POP3.
SpamPal comes with great support, either using this manual, an online troubleshooter, the faq or a very useful support forum

As Spam is such a big issue at the moment, when we see print or online publications that have published
articles about SpamPal, you'll find them all here,

To see:

How SpamPal matches up against other popular anti-spam programs, check out this comparison chart.
How SpamPal's userbase is growing, see this page for the latest stats


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Nice Prg
Note left by JC at 2005-02-02 14:22:14

This Spam filter is a nice little program. Congrats on a job well done


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