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Filtering packets and detecting email messages

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Hello, I am an intermediate c++ programmer. What I am looking to do is create a program that basically intercepts e-mail coming in, like a spam filter.

For example, say Microsoft Outlook (or any client) begins to check for new mail. I want to create a program that watches any packets coming in, and if those packets are part of an email, it will filter the email and either continue to pass the packets on to the email client, or dump them.

I really am not sure where to start, and I am looking for someone to point me in the right direction. Can this be done with any part of MFC? Help Help Help!
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I suspect that this can be done with MFC, but you are in the wrong topic area. This is probably better suited for one of the Windows areas. You want to use MAPI (Messaging API).

This article has some information about how a virus checker does it's job (it does not intercept the messages, it runs after the message is delivered to the user's mail box and scans it from the mailbox).

This page has information about how you would use MAPI: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/mapi/html/_mapi1book_mapi_programming_basics.asp (see the navigation links on the left side).
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The only way I can think of that you can do this before the Mail program gets the data is to replace the windows Winsock DLL with your own DLL that would intercept socket functions.

But this would require you to create a DLL that has all the function that are in the winsock.dll.  Then rename the winsock.dll, and call the renamed winsock.dll functions from your replaced functions.

You can then monitor all the data coming in and out via socket functions.

You can intercept the data before a mail program or MAPI receives it.
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FYI:
This can be done with or without MFC.
And (IMHO) the topic is not outside of the scope of this topic area.
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