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Terrific spam filter: SpamSieve

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OS X Mail program has a built-in spam filter that uses Bayesian inference to refine its filtering, but for some reason the filtering eventually clogs somehow, and no matter how many times I mark “Raspberry Ketone” (to pick one obnoxious example) as “junk”, it continues to show up in the inbox.

Today I reached my limit. I did a quick search and found SpamSieve, which had good reviews and looked good. I’ve now installed it, tweaked it (to get the icon off the dock), and started training it. Wow! It’s good. $30 (with 30-day free trial) and well worth it IMO. (I was getting a ton of spam a day—more Russian spam sites need to be closed down, but they pay off government officials and so are protected. Indeed, government officials may own the sites, for all I know.) But SpamSieve has delivered me from their clutches.

It also does iPhone and iPad spam filtering. And it handles a lot more than OS X Mail:

SpamSieve is a universal binary that runs natively on both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs using Mac OS X 10.4 through 10.7. It is designed to work with the following e-mail programs:

  • Apple Mail from Mac OS X 10.4 and later.
  • Emailer 2.0v3, previously available from Claris.
  • Entourage v.X (2001) and later (Entourage 2004 or 2008 recommended) from Microsoft.
  • Eudora 5.x or 6.x (in Sponsored or Paid mode) from Qualcomm. SpamSieve will also work with Eudora 8.0.0b1 (a.k.a. Penelope) if you follow the Thunderbird instructions. It does not work with Eudora 8.0.0b2 or later.
  • GyazMail 1.2.0 (1.5.8 or later recommended).
  • MailForge 2.0.4 and later from Infinity Data Systems.
  • MailMate 1.1.2 and later from Freron Software.
  • Mailsmith 2.3.1 and later from Stickshift Software. (By applying this workaround you can use SpamSieve with Mailsmith 2.1.5.)
  • Outlook from Microsoft Office 2011 and later.
  • Outlook Express 5.0 and later from Microsoft.
  • Postbox 2.0 and later (not Postbox Express) from Postbox, Inc (non–Mac App Store version).
  • PowerMail 4.0 and later (6.x recommended) from CTM Development.
  • Thunderbird 1.5.0.9 or 2.x from Mozilla. Thunderbird 3 and later are not compatible with plug-ins for Thunderbird 2.x, and due to changes in Thunderbird it does not look like it will be possible to create a SpamSieve plug-in for newer versions of Thunderbird. However, SpamSieve does work with Postbox, which is an enhanced version of Thunderbird.

Written by Leisureguy

3 July 2012 at 3:45 pm

Posted in Software

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