Getting the Exchange 2010 SPAM filter to work

We have a windows 2012 server which is running exchange 2010.

We are having trouble with loads of SPAM hitting our users mailbox.

We enabled the Microsoft SPAM filter, but have not managed to find out how to update this. In addition, we have not made any changes to the default configuration.

We are still receiving loads of spam, as the work we have doen so far has not made any difference at all.

I have increased the SCL settings to make it more aggressive, but this has not helped either.

How can we get the built in SPAM filter to work for us. How can we update it, and are there any changes that are needed to the default installation to make it work.

I cant see that it is doing anything, but just dont know how to check it.

Am I wasting my time with this, and would we be better of using Vamsoft ORF or something similar?

Any assistance would be very much appreciated.
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Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
Updates to the built in spam filter come through Microsoft Update. Therefore you need to ensure that it is enabled.
If it is enabled correctly you should see the SCL values on your emails. If you don't see them then it is probably not working. Although the built in spam filtering doesn't work for everyone - I would say half of my clients have had to move to something else because the native tool simply isn't up to the job.


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nigelbeatsonAuthor Commented:
Thankyou simon. Its as I thought, we will try out a 3rd party spam filter ie Vamsoft Orf, which I have had a great deal of success with.
nigelbeatsonAuthor Commented:
Great help.
Simon Butler (Sembee)ConsultantCommented:
Vamsoft ORF is one of my preferred tools as well. I just wished they still licenced it on per server rather than per mailbox.

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