Tech Tip: Outlook Express Filters
There are a couple of different ways to set up filters in Outlook Express. You can block a sender or you can block emails based on the text in the header section or the body of the email.
Let’s start with the block sender. This is easily set up. When you receive an email from someone, you can elect to have that email put into your Deleted Items folder. Here’s the steps.
That’s all there is to this one. This is a great way to block messages that you may receive regularly from senders that somehow have gotten your email address. This method won’t help you with most spammers because most spammers use a different email address every time they send out a new junk mail.
Some senders I have blocked are Pizza Hut (I once ordered a Pizza on-line, Papa John’s Pizza (they must have gotten my address from Pizza Hut), Enterprise Rent-a-Car (I once rented a car from them), Amazon-com, Inexpensive Domains ( I no longer use them), I-Tunes, and a host of others. When I check my email, I always check my Deleted Items box. I can check to see if there are any deals I might be missing, but at least I don’t have to delete them – they are already in my Delete folder.
The second way to block email is a little more involved. It requires that you use some text to block the email and send it to the Deleted Items folder or to any other folder you would like. I get a lot of emails with the words “Stock Quote.” So I used these words to block future emails. Here’s the steps.
That’s it, the filter is set. Every email that comes to you with the words Stock Quote will be filtered and sent to the Deleted Items folder.
Some things to notice.
I have over 30 rules with dozens of words to help filter my emails. As I get new emails which escape my filters, I add those to the list.
Some cautions: Some spammers misspell words on purpose to escape the filters. For example, they may spell stock like this: st@ck. Tricky! No, not so tricky, I add some of these common misspellings to my filters.
Other spammers don’t send text as text – they send text as jpeg pictures. For example, the words Stock Quote are placed in the email as a picture which escapes the filter. Well, they have me on that one. The filtering system will never catch 100% of all spam emails – but you can get close and greatly cut down on the number of spams that reach your inbox.
One more hint – empty your Deleted Items frequently so that you can look
in it and check out your filtered emails. Happy Filtering!
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