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Can Outlook block SPAM by subject contents?

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I get the same email from hundreds, if not thousands, of servers around the world.  Is there a way for Outlook 2003 to block SPAM by subject?  They are all the same exact email.

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newbieweb

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Create a rule where if the subject contains a certain word to delete it or move it to the junk folder.
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could you explain that for Outlook 2003?

thanks,
NBW
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Yes, create a rule to check the subject for certain words and move to a spam folder.

But, that will often not work well as they say v!agra or v!3gr3 and such.

Better to get a decent spamfilter.

If you're cheap, SpamFighter is free and it's, eh, ok.

The best is Cloudmark, but that's $40/year.

Right now I'm using the spam filter that comes with the new NOD32 Security Suite, and it's, well, sweet! I don't pay anything extra, and it's been doing a great job. Give the 30-day free trial a whirl.

http://www.eset.com (be sure to get the security suite, and not just the standalone anti-virus).

They are also top notch for virus protection. =)
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Does that block the spam from coing into Outlook or into my mail server?
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Hi,
If you use MS Exchange and if IMF (Internet message filtering) is enabled, then your junk email will be actioned according to the setting that you have selected. I will not go to explain further because I do not know what your email server is. Which one is it by the way?

Since you do get a lot of email (my workplace gets on average about 60000 emails a week, out of which a good 55000+ gets filtered correctly on IMF), it will be better to see if this can be stopped at server level.

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Upul

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I just installed SpamFighter, but it's only free for 30 days.  So I uninstalled it.

I have no money at the moment and probably won't in 30 days either.

Any other ideas?

NBW
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email rules
on the menu bar
tools > rules and alerts
create new rule.

Check mail when it arrives
with specified words in the subject
toake the following action
delete the email.

Leigh.
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As was mentioned.  While this will stop this particular email, it's like sticking your finger in the dike.  Your email address is out there and the spammers have a lot of incentive to make sure you get spammed.

What is your configuration?  Are you using an Exchange Server?  Does your ISP have spam filters it can turn on for you?
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Actually Spamfighter is free. Only Spamfighter Pro costs after 30 days.
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Hi,

You had'nt mentioned whether u have u'r own email server or just use outlook with a pop email account.

Different email servers have their own ways of dealing with SPAM and if you have an email server in place, perhaps you will be able to block SPAM without any additional cost.

If u use a pop account, I will suggest that u shift over to Gmail which has a very good email junk mail filter.
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If the subject is the same on all the emails, you can create a rule to filter the messages in outlook to a folder of your choice. You can use the rules wizard to do this as well and it is easier if u r unfamiliar with the rules.                

If the subject is different, then u need to identify a common factor on the email and here, outlook does not help very much. There is of course a way out. Please refer http://www.slipstick.com/rules/junkmail.asp for further help and tools to aid outlook.
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