Outlook 2003 keyword blocking

By God Of Mana ยท 4 replies
Jun 6, 2008
  1. Is the a way or add in to block e-mails with certain key words such as Viagra and watches? I am getting a TON of junk e-mails that always use a different domain.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,166   +986

    email flitering

    email filters can be "interesting" depending upon the product. I don't use Outlook
    for email, but I can tell you some concepts that can usually be applied.

    filtering on Subject: will catch a great deal. In one filter I specify multiple keywords;

    Message contains ANY of the following
    subject contains keyword1
    subject contains keyword2
    subject contains keyword3
    Action move to folder SPAM (create one first).
    After you're sure you don't catch the wrong messages, you can change the action to DELETE.

    I use filtering on From: to find spam from domains I never communicate with,
    eg: I'm in the U.S.A and don't expect email from Russia (xxx.ru). As there are too
    many domains world wide, I specify a list of acceptable U.S. domains;

    Message contains ALL of these:
    From doesn't contain .com
    From doesn't contain .net
    From doesn't contain .org
    From doesn't contain .mil
    From doesn't contain .edu
    From doesn't contain .pro
    Action: Move to SPAM
  3. Bobbye

    Bobbye Helper on the Fringe Posts: 16,334   +36

    Setting up email blocks or message rules for spam is an exercise in futility! You can try setting up a Domain block (such as MSN) but usually even that gets through. All the spammer has to do to pass the filter is change one letter, one digit, a dot or a dash and it gets through.

    First line of defense for spam is the ISP. Second is the user. Once your email address has become common property among the spammers, you either have to change your emails address or use a different email program. Best to use a client based email such as OE for personal mail and a web-based mail such as Yahoo for internet mail.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,166   +986

    Yea somewhat, but catching 90% is better than catching nothing :)
    Viewing my filter log, you would be shocked at just how much I've been able to prune and not even download :)

    It is true that if an email address has been forged, then even the domain portion can be factious :(
  5. God Of Mana

    God Of Mana TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 493

    Im using Spambeys, its working well so far. :)
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