Spam is overwhelming the Internet with voluminous copies of the same unwanted message in an attempt to force unsolicited email on people who would not choose to receive it. The bulk of this spam is from commercial advertising, often for dubious products, get-rich-quick schemes, and other off the wall services we neither want, need, or asked for.

Email spam targets individual users with direct bulk email sofwear or from online services that provide bulk email. Email spam lists are created by scanning message board and guest book postings, stealing Internet mailing lists, or searching the Web for addresses right off your web site with a myriad of software products available to do this. Email spams typically cost users (you and me) money out-of-pocket to receive. Many people - anyone with phone service who can read or receive their mail while the meter is running is directly paying for garbage they don't want.

One particularly nasty variant of email spam is sending spam to mailing lists (public or private email discussion forums.) Because many mailing lists limit activity to their subscribers, spammers will use automated tools to subscribe to as many mailing lists as possible, so that they can grab the lists of addresses, or use the mailing list as a direct target for their attacks.

I have researched some of the more effective anti - spam softwear on the Net and found some really good packages that will do a good job of keeping your email box free of the garbage we all receive these days... check them out... they can do the job for a very reasonable cost. Based on ease of use, options offered, and cost, I have rated the software with a 4 star (the best) to a 1 star (a good product for what it was designed to do, but not nearly effective as the 2, 3 or 4 star products).

Spam Counterstrike - Because you just want to read your email! Spam Counterstrike’s unique design gets out of your way and let’s you read your email, all without the hassle of dealing with junk mail (aka Spam). Works with Outlook, Outlook Express, Netscape, Eudora, Incredimail and all other POP3 email programs. Best of all, it works all by itself with nothing for you to do, unless you want to. Only $30.00

Inbox Protector - Inbox Protector is a Microsoft Outlook add-in $29.95, which integrates seamlessly with Outlook giving users a fast and easy way to remove unwanted junk mail from their inbox. A range of settings can be used to customize the program to meet your specific needs.

Kill-the-Spammers - KTS is a tool to filter unsolicited emails $35.00. KTS uses a unique algorithm to detect SPAMS, without the pain of building filters KTS works with POP3 and IMAP4 e-mail accounts KTS manages an unlimited number of accounts located on one server or multiple e-mail servers.

Garbage Man - is the premiere e-mail filter for America Online $8.00. Garbage Man integrates with AOL software to provide enhanced mail control capabilities. With high efficiency, fully customizable filters, Garbage Man takes out unsolicited smut and junk e-mail, returning convenience to your online experience. This software is only for AOL users, it is not compatible with any other service provider or email application. It is also not compatable with AOL 6.0 but will be shortly.

Yahoo Message anti spam - $9.99 Yspam is a very simple to use message reader for the Yahoo Investing Message Boards. It flags any potential spam and allows you to rank users and messages. You will find that using YSpam is the quickest way to read messages for the stocks you follow.

SpamEater Pro - is an advanced anti-spam and email notification system $24.95. SpamEater can reduce the amount of spam you see in your mailbox by 95% or more! It'll also notify you of any waiting mail after it clears out the spam by using a popup window, playing your choice of a WAV file, or even executing your email client software.


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