Spam, spam, spam!

spam!Computing post, engineer's style 🙂

Question: I use an e-mail program to read my e-mail and I'm pissed off of getting every half an hour the announcement "you've got mail!" just to see that it is a spam message. Is there a way not to see these spam messages at all?

Answer: Yes, there is. At least for two e-mail readers, SeaMonkey and Thinderbird.

Solution for SeaMonkey

In SeaMonkey Mail, go to Edit –> Mail & Newsgroups Account Settings, and select Junk Settings, you will see this window (click on it for a bigger-size version):

In the picture you can see the suggested settings. Ok, now go to Edit –> Preferences –> Junk Mail, you'll see this window (click on it for a bigger-size version):

Select the preferences as above. Most important thing: choose "Mark messages to be determined to be junk as read". In this way, every time you get a junk mail, not only it'll be automatically moved to the Junk folder, but you won't receive any announcement that you've received spam!

One thing I recommend you to do is to check every now and then the Junk folder to see if some non-spam message has been put erroneously there, but I can assure it happens really seldom.

Another suggestion: when you activate the junk filter for the first time, select say 50 messages in your inbox and with right-click choose "Mark as… not junk". In this way you will "educate" the junk analyser to recognise the good messages and not to mark them as junk.

Solution for Thunderbird 

For Thunderbird go to Tools –> Junk Mail Controls and you'll get this window (click on it for a bigger-size version):

And here you go. It seems that at present Thunderbird doesn't have the possibility to mark all the junk mail as read, but it'll be possible in version 2.0. Also here the same suggestion as for SeaMonkey: when you activate the junk filter for the first time, select say 50 messages from your inbox and with right-click choose "Mark as… not junk". In this way you will "educate" the junk analyser to recognise the good messages and not to mark them as junk.

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