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How to block unwanted email with large attachments, at source

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Irishman in Nigeria where internet is very slow. Am receiving unsollicited and unwanted emails with large attachments. They take ages to download. My Spam Fighter moves them to Spam. Howevever is there any way to prevent them at an early stage, so that they do not download attachments etc.


Am using OUTLOOK EXPRESS. My OS is Windows XP Home Edition
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No.  You don't have any control over anything before your email program.  You could ask your ISP if they can block them.
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Very disappointing news. This source has sent 10 emails with large attachments - always the same email - this morning, meaning great difficulty for me.
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You could file a complaint with the sender's ISP.  Sometimes that works.  Very few ISPs like their clients to be sending spam.
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Well I've a part solution.

I have three email accounts, one of which is attracting this unwanted email with very large attachments. I am using Outlook Express.

 I have now removed the email attracting this spam from Outlook express and am accessing it from the provider's website (which happens to be Yahoo). The website gives me an option to download attachments. So I simply delete the unwanted email without downloading the attachments. This cuts out a lot of the problem, albeit a little awkward as I would like all three accounts together with Outlook Express.

By the way supposing I decided to file a complaint with the sender's ISP how do I find out who is the sender's ISP (forgive me for I'm sure such an ignorant question)?

Thanks for your response
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It is either the domain that is part of the email address (after the @) or it is their hosting company if it is coming from a web site.  You might also be able to get Yahoo's help.  You should be marking those messages as spam and then Yahoo will start blocking them  One of my friends who uses Yahoo has put my emails to him in his spam folder now and then.  And when he does that, my emails to him start bouncing.
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It was a practical solution to the problem. Not fully satisfactory, but it worked. These emails have now ceased to come.
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