MailWasher Pro Review
MailWasher allows you to block spam messages before it's ever downloaded to your inbox. This sets it apart from most other spam blockers which have to first download the email (spam included) and then filter out the good from the bad. Mailwasher allows you to preview your incoming mail online. It's also a standalone spam filtering application which means it does not integrate directly with your email software. It runs entirely independently of this.
Ease of use
When you start Mailwasher Pro for the first time you'll be presented with the following screen:
From here just click on Add and you'll then be able to setup your POP mail account. Mailwasher also supports Hotmail for all the Hotmail fans out there. After entering some mail accounts details you then simply need to name the account itself - something that allows you to easily identify it from other accounts (if you have 20 odd email addresses like me this is very handy).
Then finally you need to enter POP3 details, provide a username and password for the email account you want to filter, including the SMTP server information. This will enable the fantastic Mailwasher "bounce mail" feature.
To check your email simply launch Mailwasher Pro and click on Check Mail.Mailwasher Pro will now check your accounts for any e-mail. Remember that Mailwasher Pro does not actually download any e-mail it is simply showing you the contents of your Inbox.
Your Inbox choices are Delete, Bounce or Blacklist. When you delete unwanted e-mail Mailwasher will just remove that e-mail from your mail server. For small amounts of spam this works quite well.
Bouncing mail is more interesting because this feature will send a mailer daemon (the e-mail address the spammer tried is unusable) type error message back to whoever sent you the spam in the first place. This leads the spammer to believe that you've cancelled that e-mail account and they'll take you off their bulk mail list and let you live in peace :-)
Blacklisting is even more convenient. When you Blacklist an e-mail address all future e-mail from that address will be automatically deleted without you having to raise a finger. Mailwasher Pro also supports the use of external blacklists (huge lists of known spammers) which makes your life even easier.
The main interface of Mailwasher Pro itself is quite straighforward. You have your options for Check Mail, Stop, Process Mail and Mail Program. There's not much left to the imagination here and it works really well. Less is definitely more with this type of software.
How It Works
MailWasher works by connecting to your email server and displays all messages waiting for you. Using the check boxes, you then select an action whether to delete or bounce the undesired messages and click on process mail. Once processing completes, your email program will automatically launch and you can download the remaining messages as normal.
Conclusion: Thumbs up to this great software and highly recommended for POP3 or IMAP users.
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