MailWasher Pro

MailWasher Pro
Developed by: Firetrust
Ranked: 1st - Best buy
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Best price: $39.95
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Stephen
Qualtrough

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MailWasher Pro is awarded best buy

Review summary

Good points MailWasher Pro review good points

• Works with all e-mail clients

• Works with POP3 & IMAP protocols

• Spam detection improves over time

• Features a friends list that protects legitimate messages from spam filter

Bad points MailWasher Pro review bad points

• No phone-based support offered

Our verdict

When it comes to anti-spam filters, MailWasher Pro is easily one of the best. It provides easy, effective filtering capabilities that work with all types of e-mail clients and services.




Full review

For many people, spam is a major problem. Firetrust, a software company that focuses on e-mail security, attempts to address this problem with MailWasher Pro. Since we hate spam just as much as the average computer user, we were quite eager to test MailWasher out.

Setup

Filetrust offers two different versions of MailWasher Pro. One of these offerings, an older version of MailWasher Pro, has lower system requirements; it is suitable for older systems. The version that we chose to install and review, MailWasher Pro, offers more features, but it also has higher system requirements. Filetrust suggests that systems running the version of MailWasher Pro have at least 1GB of memory installed.

On our test system, a system with 1GB of memory, MailWasher Pro installed in a little under a minute. With the default installation settings selected, minimal input was required, and we did not encounter any issues.

Compatibility

MailWasher Pro is fully compatible with all e-mail clients, including Thunderbird, Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail, and more. It supports POP3 and IMAP protocols, and it even works with web-based e-mail services, such as Hotmail and Gmail.

Detection

Starting out, MailWasher Pro detected a fair share of the spam in our inbox. As we used MailWasher more, its spam-detection capabilities continued to improve, which is due to its use of a Bayesian filter. By marking certain e-mail messages as spam, users train this filter to detect spam more effectively in the future. For example, once MailWasher's Bayesian filter learns that most messages containing the word “Drugs” are spam, it will automatically classify e-mails that use this word excessively as spam in the future.

Also, in addition to its Bayesian filter, MailWasher features a black list and a friends list. These lists make it easy to block messages from certain senders while ensuring that messages from non-spam sources always come through.

Effectiveness

When it comes to detecting spam, MailWasher Pro is quite effective. While it may need users to manually select some spam messages in the beginning, its spam-detection capabilities improve with each manual selection. After just a few sessions, MailWasher was already detecting spam correctly nearly 90% of the time. As we continue to use this software, we have no doubt that its effectiveness will continue to improve.

System performance

Even on a system that barely met Firetrust's recommended hardware specifications, MailWasher Pro performed quite well. Navigating through its menus was quick and painless. Also, once we clicked the “Check Mail” button, MailWasher managed to pull in e-mail messages even faster than Thunderbird, the e-mail client used on our test system. The process of deleting spam messages was also quick and painless; it completed in just a few seconds.

Features

Mail preview – Users can view the content of all e-mails in plain text. This makes it quick, easy, and safe to browse through all e-mails without downloading and opening them in an e-mail client.

Multilingual support – MailWasher Pro supports 12 different languages: English, German, French, French Canadian, Dutch, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Swedish, Russian, Czech, and Japanese.

Bounce – This feature allows users to bounce spam messages back to senders. When an e-mail message is bounced back to the sender, it appears as if the e-mail address no longer exists.

Ease of use

Getting started with MailWasher Pro is a breeze. Not only does it automatically import settings from e-mail clients, it imports contact lists as well. By obtaining this information automatically, MailWasher is ready to start detecting spam immediately. For the most part, it automatically determines which e-mail messages are spam. Spam messages are marked with a thumbs-down icon, but they can easily be unmarked with a single click. Spam messages are deleted once users click the “Wash Mail” button. Also, after clicking this button, non-spam messages are automatically downloaded by users' e-mail clients.

Help & support

Firetrust's website features a pretty decent support section. MailWasher Pro customers have access to an FAQ page and an active forum. Firetrust also provides technical support to customers through e-mail, but they do not offer support via telephone. Since MailWasher Pro is a simple, straightforward program, Firetrust's support options are probably more than adequate for most users.

Overall

MailWasher Pro is a highly effective anti-spam filter; it is also easy to use. Not only does it work with all e-mail clients, it requires very minimal configuration. We recommend MailWasher to anyone looking for a tool that can minimize spam easily.



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Ratings breakdown

Overall
 received a rating of 5 for Overall
Setup
 received a rating of 5 for Setup
Compatibility
 received a rating of 5 for Compatibility
Detection
 received a rating of 5 for Detection
Effectiveness
 received a rating of 5 for Effectiveness
System performance
 received a rating of 4 for System performance
Features
 received a rating of 5 for Features
Ease of use
 received a rating of 4 for Ease of use
Help & support
 received a rating of 4 for Help & support