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Possible to Setup a Rule to Delete E-mails Automatically?

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I am getting spammed for a particular "penis enlargement.".  I have tried blocking the sender and removing my name off their mailing list (which I suspect they actually use to confirm they have a good e-mail address), but I continue receiving them and they change the Sent From everytime to get around the Blocked Sender.  Is it possible to setup a Rule to automatically delete e-mail with particular words or phrases in the Subject line?  I have setup a Rule, but then I have to go and manually run the rule to delete the messages.  I would like the program to handle this automatically for me as they are recieved.  Thanks in advance.

Bill R.
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On your rules - locate the run that you have set up for this & hit modify.  Click thru & make sure that you have it turned on.  Also when you run the rules again - does it catch these?  It could be in the HTML formatting.  That is my guess because I have set one up for viagra & most of them do not get deleted.  Only about 25%.  When you do unsubscribe, make sure that you do not have any spyware on your system.  That could be sending your e-mail - especially if it is in an URL - to someone else to spam you again.
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by:w_raggio
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Thanks Corey.

The Rule is turned on, but it doesn't run automatically, which is what I'm shooting for.  Is it possible for the message to be automatically deleted once they are received, without me having to manually run the Rule? Also, I forgot to mention that I'm using Outlook Express.
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by:coreybryant
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I just set one up & it did work on Outlook express.  When you view the rule, does it say something like:
Apply this rule after the message arrives
Where the Subject line contains 'viagra'
Delete it

-Corey
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by:w_raggio
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Actually, it reads:

Apply this rule after the message arrives
Where the Subject line contains '*viagra*' or '*penis*'
Delete it
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by:w_raggio
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I just tested this Rule, and it doesn't appear to be working.  I receive the message and it just sits there without being deleted.  I exit the program, relaunch the program and the message is still sitting there in the Inbox.  
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Try getting rid of the splats & see if that works.

-Corey
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by:w_raggio
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Corey -

That seems to have worked.  Thanks for all your help!

Sincerely,
Bill R.
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by:coreybryant
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No problem - glad that I could help.

-Corey
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by:Kshrama
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Hi,
I have a similar problem on OUTLOOK 2000. I just went through the process mentioned above, But I could'nt figure out how to get rid off but splats. Could any one help me.
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