Manual – Outlook Spam

Table of contents

1. Introduction
2. Install and uninstall
3. Using the Spam Filter
4. Final word

1 Introduction

This spam filter is a precise and very easy-to-use protection for Microsoft Outlook. It learns to detect spam as it’s being used. After a short while this spam killer has adapted to your personal mailbox and blocks out most of the junk. E-mails classified as spam are automatically moved a ‘spam’ folder in which they can be examined by you.

For the moment it’s only compatible for Outlook 2002 or later.

2 Install and uninstall

2.1 Install

Download it and run it, follow the install instructions.

2.2 Uninstall

Uninstall it from the Add/Remove programs feature in the the control panel.

3 Using the Spam Filter

After that you have installed the spam filter, start Outlook. A new command bar should have appeared with the buttons ‘Settings’, ‘Legitimate’ and ‘Spam’. This is the Spam Free Outlook command bar.

3.1 Training

This filter requires training before any classifications can be done. To train the filter, simply select all of your legitimate messages and click on ‘Legitimate’ then select all the spam messages and click on the ‘Spam’ button. The more you train it, the better it performs. Note that you can only train the filter once for every message, once the filter has been trained with a message the training button will be disabled. You will have to train it on about 20-30 legitimate and spam before automatic classifications start to take place. When it has been trained on 100 legitimate and spam it will perform very well (>95% of all spam is recognized).

3.2 Retrieving e-mail

Every incoming e-mail that lands in the inbox is now checked if they are spam. If Spam Free Outlook thinks the message is spam it’s moved to an inbox subfolder called “spam e-mail”. In the beginning you may want to keep an eye on that folder to make sure that no legitimate e-mails go there. If they do, make sure that you select it and train it as legitimate. You can also select all spam messages in this folder and train the classifier by clicking the ‘Spam’ button.

4 Final word

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