iHateSpam is a Windows based spam blocking solution for PCs which works with your Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora and Hotmail. It's one of the oldest spam filtering programs on the market and it's lasted a long time for good reason - it works - it boasts a 95%+ spam blocking rate.
Installing iHateSpam is very straightforward process of entering some personal details and choosing an installation location. A quick restart of your PC and you're ready to go.
When you first launch the program you get a Welcome screen which gives you a basic introduction to the product itself. You're then prompted to add any friendly e-mail addresses to the program to allow you to pre-filter your e-mail from your first use of iHateSpam. Pretty neat.
Step number three is to set up the application to block any e-mail that is sent you in a foreign language or e-mail which contains foreign characters. This single feature alone is almost priceless.
Your final step is choosing a spam "security" setting. This setting dictates how thorough iHateSpam will be in rooting out junk e-mail. The settings available here are: Some Spam, Explicit Spam, Default, Most Spam and All Spam.
Once you've completed the basic setup of the application you just click on Finish and allow your PC to reboot.
Ease Of Use
Your options here are:
Is Spam - clicking on this identifies the selected e-mail as spam. It is then moved to your Deleted Items folder.
Not Spam - clicking on this identifies the selected e-mail as being "friendly". It is added to a "friendly" list.
Bounce - This attempts to bounce the e-mail back to the sender. The idea here is if the e-mail is bounced back to the sender then they might assume your e-mail address is no longer working.
Report - You can file a direct spam abuse report to SpamAbuse.org and to the offending spammers ISP via this button.
Add Friend - You can add a friendly e-mail address to your list via this button.
Add Enemy - You can add somebody to your spammer list via this button.
Conclusion: We do not recommend iHateSpam, unless you do not anticipate needing any support (highly unlikely)
See also a related article on iHateSpam, Anti-Spam Blocker by Sunbelt Software.
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