McAfee SpamKiller 4.0

When McAfee purchased the shareware application SpamKiller, it added a veteran piece of anti-spam software to its arsenal. McAfee has continued to develop SpamKiller, making this a recommended addition for anyone’s Internet security toolkit.

SpamKiller has thousands of preconfigured filters to block out many of the most common bulk e-mail abusers, but it’s simple to add your rules for excluding spam. The main problem in terms of ease of use is that you have to use SpamKiller as an external program and customise your e-mail client so that it does not automatically retrieve mail. A real bonus, however, is that the program also filters Hotmail and MSN messages.

Filtered messages are stored in a Killed Mail folder, where you can restore wanted addresses to a Friends list. Particularly convenient is the ability to send error messages to spammers automatically (so that they think the address is invalid) as well as complaints to ISPs responsible for forwarding spam. Version 4.0 lets you read HTML e-mail while blocking scripts and images -- as the program works with your server, this saves time downloading large unwanted files.

In brief: McAfee SpamKiller 4.0
Overall SpamKiller’s extremely good at its task. Spam that does get through can be identified for future reference, and it could be just what you need to make virtually unusable e-mail accounts efficient once more. The only real drawback is that the program does not provide the complete ease of use that full integration with an e-mail client would deliver.
Price: $US39.95

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