1. Introduction

SpamSpector is a mail classification system that aims to separate your spam from the mail you really want to read. By using SpamSpector you can filter spam into a separate folder and delete it easily, while reserving your keenest attention for all your other mail.

How does it work?

Some ISPs use DNSBL lists to filter the email of their customers. These are lists of parts of the Internet that are commonly used by spammers; by refusing all email from these parts of the Internet, they protect their customers from a great deal of spam. However, many providers do not use DNSBL lists, whether due to laziness or a fear of rejecting legitimate email. Other providers only use one or two precisely-targetted DNSBL lists.

SpamSpector aims to bring the power of these DNSBL lists to the end-user; ie you. SpamSpector sits between your ISP's mailserver and your email client, looking at your mail as you retrieve it; any message that has come through a system that is on a chosen set of DNSBL lists will be "tagged" with a special header identifying that it is probably spam. Your email program will then filter "tagged" emails into a special folder; in this way, your spam is not mixed up with your legimate emails, but no legitimate emails will be deleted.


  1. A machine running Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000 or XP.
  2. A POP3 mailbox.
  3. A standard email program such as Outlook Express, Outlook or Eudora.

Windows 95 users will need Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 or later installed in order to use SpamSpector.

SpamSpector cannot be used with AOL directly, but it may work if you use a third-party tool to fetch your AOL mail using POP3 and a standard email program.

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