Anti-spam software

Fed up of spam? Anti-spam software detects and blocks junk email, stopping it clogging up your inbox. By some estimates, over 90% of all email is spam, so it’s important you have anti-spam protection in place.

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 What to look for

Anti-spam software comparison chart for 2017

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SpamBully
Spamweed
Spam Agent
Excellent
Five stars means excellent
Very good
Four stars means very good
Good
Three stars means good
Average
Two stars means average /
Poor
One star means poor
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Ratings
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Overall
mailwasher pro has a rating of five  overall spamfighter pro has a rating of five  overall cloudmark spam blocker has a rating of four  overall choicemail has a rating of four  overall spambully has a rating of four  overall spamweed has a rating of three  overall spam agent has a rating of three  overall
Setup
mailwasher pro has a rating of five for setup spamfighter pro has a rating of five for setup cloudmark spam blocker has a rating of four for setup choicemail has a rating of four for setup spambully has a rating of four for setup spamweed has a rating of three for setup spam agent has a rating of three for setup
Compatibility
mailwasher pro has a rating of five for compatibility spamfighter pro has a rating of five for compatibility cloudmark spam blocker has a rating of five for compatibility choicemail has a rating of three for compatibility spambully has a rating of four for compatibility spamweed has a rating of four for compatibility spam agent has a rating of four for compatibility
Detection
mailwasher pro has a rating of five for detection spamfighter pro has a rating of five for detection cloudmark spam blocker has a rating of four for detection choicemail has a rating of four for detection spambully has a rating of four for detection spamweed has a rating of three for detection spam agent has a rating of three for detection
Effectiveness
mailwasher pro has a rating of five for effectiveness spamfighter pro has a rating of four for effectiveness cloudmark spam blocker has a rating of four for effectiveness choicemail has a rating of four for effectiveness spambully has a rating of three for effectiveness spamweed has a rating of three for effectiveness spam agent has a rating of three for effectiveness
System performance
mailwasher pro has a rating of four for system performance spamfighter pro has a rating of four for system performance cloudmark spam blocker has a rating of four for system performance choicemail has a rating of four for system performance spambully has a rating of four for system performance spamweed has a rating of three for system performance spam agent has a rating of three for system performance
Features
mailwasher pro has a rating of five for features spamfighter pro has a rating of five for features cloudmark spam blocker has a rating of five for features choicemail has a rating of four for features spambully has a rating of four for features spamweed has a rating of three for features spam agent has a rating of three for features
Ease of use
mailwasher pro has a rating of four for ease of use spamfighter pro has a rating of five for ease of use cloudmark spam blocker has a rating of four for ease of use choicemail has a rating of four for ease of use spambully has a rating of four for ease of use spamweed has a rating of three for ease of use spam agent has a rating of three for ease of use
Help & support
mailwasher pro has a rating of four for help & support spamfighter pro has a rating of five for help & support cloudmark spam blocker has a rating of four for help & support choicemail has a rating of four for help & support spambully has a rating of three for help & support spamweed has a rating of three for help & support spam agent has a rating of two for help & support
Protection
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Filter methods
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Attachments
mailwasher pro filters attachments spamfighter pro filters attachments cloudmark spam blocker does not filter attachments choicemail does not filter attachments spambully does not filter attachments spamweed filters attachments spam agent filters attachments
Bayesian
mailwasher pro filters bayesian spamfighter pro does not filter bayesian cloudmark spam blocker does not filter bayesian choicemail does not filter bayesian spambully filters bayesian spamweed filters bayesian spam agent does not filter bayesian
Black list
mailwasher pro filters black list spamfighter pro filters black list cloudmark spam blocker filters black list choicemail filters black list spambully filters black list spamweed filters black list spam agent filters black list
Country of origin
mailwasher pro does not filter country of origin spamfighter pro filters country of origin cloudmark spam blocker does not filter country of origin choicemail does not filter country of origin spambully filters country of origin spamweed does not filter country of origin spam agent filters country of origin
Community database
mailwasher pro filters community database spamfighter pro filters community database cloudmark spam blocker filters community database choicemail does not filter community database spambully does not filter community database spamweed does not filter community database spam agent does not filter community database
Domain
mailwasher pro filters domain spamfighter pro filters domain cloudmark spam blocker filters domain choicemail filters domain spambully filters domain spamweed filters domain spam agent filters domain
Email address
mailwasher pro filters email address spamfighter pro filters email address cloudmark spam blocker filters email address choicemail filters email address spambully filters email address spamweed filters email address spam agent filters email address
Keywords
mailwasher pro filters keywords spamfighter pro does not filter keywords cloudmark spam blocker filters keywords choicemail filters keywords spambully filters keywords spamweed filters keywords spam agent filters keywords
IP address
mailwasher pro filters ip address spamfighter pro filters ip address cloudmark spam blocker filters ip address choicemail filters ip address spambully filters ip address spamweed filters ip address spam agent does not filter ip address
Image blocking
mailwasher pro filters image blocking spamfighter pro filters image blocking cloudmark spam blocker does not filter image blocking choicemail does not filter image blocking spambully does not filter image blocking spamweed filters image blocking spam agent does not filter image blocking
Language
mailwasher pro filters language spamfighter pro filters language cloudmark spam blocker filters language choicemail filters language spambully filters language spamweed filters language spam agent filters language
Links
mailwasher pro filters links spamfighter pro filters links cloudmark spam blocker filters links choicemail filters links spambully filters links spamweed filters links spam agent does not filter links
Public black list
mailwasher pro filters public black list spamfighter pro filters public black list cloudmark spam blocker filters public black list choicemail does not filter public black list spambully filters public black list spamweed does not filter public black list spam agent does not filter public black list
Response
mailwasher pro does not filter response spamfighter pro does not filter response cloudmark spam blocker does not filter response choicemail filters response spambully filters response spamweed filters response spam agent filters response
Server
mailwasher pro filters server spamfighter pro filters server cloudmark spam blocker filters server choicemail filters server spambully filters server spamweed filters server spam agent filters server
White list
mailwasher pro does not filter white list spamfighter pro does not filter white list cloudmark spam blocker does not filter white list choicemail filters white list spambully filters white list spamweed filters white list spam agent filters white list
Filter rules
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Features
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Clients
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Outlook
mailwasher pro is compatible with outlook spamfighter pro is compatible with outlook cloudmark spam blocker is compatible with outlook choicemail is compatible with outlook spambully is compatible with outlook spamweed is compatible with outlook spam agent is compatible with outlook
Outlook Express
mailwasher pro is compatible with outlook express spamfighter pro is compatible with outlook express cloudmark spam blocker is compatible with outlook express choicemail is compatible with outlook express spambully is compatible with outlook express spamweed is compatible with outlook express spam agent is compatible with outlook express
Windows Mail
mailwasher pro is compatible with windows mail spamfighter pro is compatible with windows mail cloudmark spam blocker is compatible with windows mail choicemail is compatible with windows mail spambully is compatible with windows mail spamweed is not compatible with windows mail spam agent is compatible with windows mail
Mozilla Thunderbird
mailwasher pro is compatible with mozilla thunderbird spamfighter pro is compatible with mozilla thunderbird cloudmark spam blocker is compatible with mozilla thunderbird choicemail is compatible with mozilla thunderbird spambully is compatible with mozilla thunderbird spamweed is compatible with mozilla thunderbird spam agent is not compatible with mozilla thunderbird
Protocols
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Web based clients
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Hotmail
mailwasher pro is compatible with hotmail spamfighter pro is compatible with hotmail cloudmark spam blocker is compatible with hotmail choicemail is compatible with hotmail spambully is not compatible with hotmail spamweed is compatible with hotmail spam agent is compatible with hotmail
Gmail
mailwasher pro is compatible with gmail spamfighter pro is compatible with gmail cloudmark spam blocker is compatible with gmail choicemail is compatible with gmail spambully is not compatible with gmail spamweed is compatible with gmail spam agent is not compatible with gmail
Yahoo Mail
mailwasher pro is compatible with yahoo mail spamfighter pro is compatible with yahoo mail cloudmark spam blocker is compatible with yahoo mail choicemail is compatible with yahoo mail spambully is not compatible with yahoo mail spamweed is compatible with yahoo mail spam agent is compatible with yahoo mail
AOL
mailwasher pro is compatible with aol spamfighter pro is compatible with aol cloudmark spam blocker is not compatible with aol choicemail is compatible with aol spambully is not compatible with aol spamweed is compatible with aol spam agent is compatible with aol
Support
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Telephone support
mailwasher pro offers telephone support spamfighter pro offers telephone support cloudmark spam blocker offers telephone support choicemail offers telephone support spambully does not offer telephone support spamweed offers telephone support spam agent offers telephone support
Email support
mailwasher pro offers email support spamfighter pro offers email support cloudmark spam blocker offers email support choicemail offers email support spambully offers email support spamweed does not offer email support spam agent offers email support
Manual
mailwasher pro offers manual spamfighter pro offers manual cloudmark spam blocker offers manual choicemail offers manual spambully offers manual spamweed offers manual spam agent offers manual
Knowledge base
mailwasher pro offers knowledge base spamfighter pro offers knowledge base cloudmark spam blocker offers knowledge base choicemail offers knowledge base spambully offers knowledge base spamweed offers knowledge base spam agent offers knowledge base
Forums
mailwasher pro offers forums spamfighter pro offers forums cloudmark spam blocker offers forums choicemail does not offer forums spambully does not offer forums spamweed does not offer forums spam agent does not offer forums
FAQs
mailwasher pro offers faqs spamfighter pro offers faqs cloudmark spam blocker offers faqs choicemail offers faqs spambully offers faqs spamweed offers faqs spam agent offers faqs
Operating systems
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Windows 7
mailwasher pro is compatible with windows 7 spamfighter pro is compatible with windows 7 cloudmark spam blocker is compatible with windows 7 choicemail is compatible with windows 7 spambully is compatible with windows 7 spamweed is compatible with windows 7 spam agent is compatible with windows 7
Windows XP
mailwasher pro is compatible with windows xp spamfighter pro is compatible with windows xp cloudmark spam blocker is compatible with windows xp choicemail is compatible with windows xp spambully is compatible with windows xp spamweed is compatible with windows xp spam agent is compatible with windows xp
Windows Vista
mailwasher pro is compatible with windows vista spamfighter pro is compatible with windows vista cloudmark spam blocker is compatible with windows vista choicemail is compatible with windows vista spambully is compatible with windows vista spamweed is compatible with windows vista spam agent is compatible with windows vista
Windows 8
mailwasher pro  windows 8 spamfighter pro  windows 8 cloudmark spam blocker  windows 8 choicemail  windows 8 spambully  windows 8 spamweed  windows 8 spam agent  windows 8
Windows 10
mailwasher pro  windows 10 spamfighter pro  windows 10 cloudmark spam blocker  windows 10 choicemail  windows 10 spambully  windows 10 spamweed  windows 10 spam agent  windows 10

Anti-spam software explained

Untamed, spam can take over your inbox, making it hard to locate important messages. Worse, it can contain offensive material or infect your computer with dangerous viruses or spyware.

Although internet service providers go to great lengths to eliminate spam before it reaches your inbox, plenty still slips through. If you don’t want your inbox to become a mess of junk, anti-spam software is essential.

Anti-spam software and your email

Your choice of anti-spam software will, to some extent, be determined by how you send and receive email. If the anti-spam software can’t hook into your preferred email software or service, then it will be unable to analyze your emails – and useless.

Most anti-spam software will work with major email software, like Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express. However, if you access your email through a web-based service (like Hotmail, Yahoo Mail or Google Mail), you may have a more restricted choice.

Virtually all email services have some spam protection built in, so it’s important your anti-spam software complements the existing protection rather than duplicating it. This multi-layered approach should ensure virtually all spam gets caught.

How anti-spam software works

Anti-spam software uses several methods to identify whether each email you receive is spam. By analyzing the content of the message, it will assign a ‘spam score’ – anything over a certain threshold will be marked as spam.

It should also refer to a ‘blacklist’ and a ‘white list’, which respectively list blocked and approved senders. The white list is an important tool; by adding everyone you know to it, you can virtually eliminate false positives.

Your anti-spam software should give you control over what happens to messages marked as spam. For instance, initially you may want them filtered into a quarantine area, where you can review them for false positives. Then, as you refine the settings, you may reach a point when you’re happy for all detected spam to be deleted without you ever seeing it.

What to look for in anti-spam software

Spam isn’t going away. In spite of recent decreases in the volume of spam in the average inbox, spam seems to persist. Why wouldn’t it? It’s easier than ever for spammers to find e-mail addresses. Even if only a few people are taken in, it’s well worth the effort to them.

So what are you going to do about it? Basic Internet safety helps (don’t be too free about passing out your e-mail address, visit only sites you trust, only run as the administrator, etc,), but this isn’t usually enough to stop the flow entirely. Spam filter software has really become essential, but not all filter platforms are made alike.

Adaptability

Keep your eyes open for programs that only work with certain e-mail platforms. The program that’s right for you should be able to function on the e-mail system you already use, even if it happens to be web-based.

Flexibility

Spam filtering software blocks or sets aside unwanted messages. But who decides what’s undesirable? Well, you, actually. Good spam filtering software should allow you to categorize your incoming e-mail any way you choose, rather than leaving you to organize it yourself. It should also be able to outright block anything you wish at whatever level. If there are occasionally items that normally fall under the category of spam that you may be interested in looking at, you should be able to find those items quickly and easily without having to sift through the rest of the junk mail. Spam filtering software should make your e-mail function on your terms.

Accessibility

Quality spam filtering software shouldn’t need a genius to run it. When running a trial, ask yourself if your grandmother could use it. If the answer is no, it may not be as intuitive as it should be. The competition is fierce, and there’s not reason to settle for a platform that’s cumbersome to use.

Efficiency

Beware of software that’s bundled with dozens of features. This may look appealing at first blush, but keep in mind that this software is going to consume at least some amount of your computing assets. Think of it like an airplane. The heavier it is, the more fuel it’ll take to fly it. Don’t fly heavy! How well the platform does the job is what counts.

Good spam filtering software actually goes beyond stopping spam and makes e-mail more fun and efficient to use.

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MailWasher Pro
SPAMfighter Pro
Cloudmark Spam Blocker
ChoiceMail
SpamBully
Spamweed
Spam Agent