JunkMatcher
JunkMatcher
1.6.1

4.4

JunkMatcher free download for Mac

JunkMatcher1.6.1

25 August 2005

Spam filter add-on for Mail.app.

Overview

JunkMatcher filters spam using powerful regular expressions, IP query against multiple blacklists (such as SpamCop.net) and various other techniques such as email property matching, HTML final rendering matching, etc. You can match against almost every bit of a message (including attachment filenames and charsets), and the raw material for matching is cleaned out for you to defeat some of the tricks spammers use to obfuscate their messages.

JunkMatcher can be added to Mail.app as a rule so it can be used hand-in-hand with Mail.app's built-in (statistical) junk filter. Users can decide what actions to take on the matched messages (mark as junk/read/flagged/colored, move them to Junk/Trash mailbox etc.).

A self-contained GUI - JunkMatcher Central is also included so you can conduct "Email forensics": testing and building your regular expression patterns, browsing the log file of the past matchings, etc. You can even report spam to SpamCop.net directly from the log window. Many settings are also available in it so you can customize the entire matching process to your heart's content.

What's new in JunkMatcher

Version 1.6.1:
  • Bug fixed: Fixed an installation issue for users upgrading from 1.5.8 or earlier. If everything has worked for you, you don't need to upgrade to this version.

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How would you rate JunkMatcher app?

68 Reviews of JunkMatcher

5
Larry Fransson
30 November 2003
Version: 0.52

Most helpful

With 0.52, he seems to have fixed the only remaining problem I had found. This is a great filter! It catches the stuff that still gets through Mail's filters. Using this in conjunction with the SpamCop.mailbundle, my spam filtering and reporting time has been reduced to a fraction of what it used to be.
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Bepe
29 May 2014
Version: 1.6.1
No more news about this project (Mai 2014 ?)
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Ubucraig
26 January 2007
Version: 1.6.1
Great when it worked. For weeks I used JunkMatcher in its default mode with terrific results (1Ghz PowerPC, 10.4.8). Dozens of Spam emails that Mail wasn't catching, we moved into the Junk folder, and highlighted so it was easy to see how well it was working. Then I went to the Apple Store to learn more about Spam Sieve vs. JunkMatcher. There was a person there who knew about both, and I learned how to use the train as ham/train as spam function, and how to make some of the tests "hard." Within 48 hours of changing tests to "hard" and using train as spam about a dozen times, Mail began to act strangely: the Junk button would take a full minute to send mail to the Junk folder; the program would take two minutes to close; Junk Matcher itself would take five minutes to open - if at all. Attempts to reset JunkMatcher and Mail failed to correct the problems.Fortunately, all sysmptoms disappeared when I unistalled JunkMatcher. Fool that I am, I'm going to try JunkMatcher again, but leave it in default mode. If it acts up again, I'll move to Spam Sieve.
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Blaughlin
01 May 2006
Version: 1.6.1
Any Chance of doing it Universal Binary?
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4.5
Digger1995
09 January 2006
Version: 1.6.1
Finally fixed a problem. I was having slow "move to junk" symptoms... started last November or so.. did not associate it with the install of JunkMatcher. If one has an old install of JM one needs to delete the JM application support folder in the user library. OR edit the JM tests and properties files therein, which is what I did. Working great now. OS X 10.3.9 Details in the JM Help menu!
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1.25
Anonymous
11 November 2005
Version: 1.6.1
I could not get it work with 10.4.3. The log file always is emty and if you try to open one mail in Junkmatcher it will crash. Always. I tried to install and uninstall the aplication a couple of times... The "manual" is not worth to mention. o.k. it is free but it does not work on my computer.
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4.25
Anonymous
20 October 2005
Version: 1.6.1
JunkMatcher is great! I receive daily about 30 spam messages and the program now detects almost everything.
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4.75
Anonymous
07 September 2005
Version: 1.6.1
Tremendous. For the majority of spam, a simple install will suffice.
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Anonymous
26 August 2005
Version: 1.6.1
Pity it works only with Mail.app. Besides, doesn't (yet?) seem to offer an option to kill spam directly on server. Simply don't want this pest on my hard drive any more, not even in a Junk or Trash folder.
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Anonymous
25 August 2005
Version: 1.6.1
When I click on "download", I'm taken to a blank page at Sourceforge. I've experienced this same problem with other software download attempts from Sourceforge. Does anyone have an explanation?
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3.5
Anonymous
25 August 2005
Version: 1.6.1
Incredibly effective! It filters out everything so that I have no email to be bothered with! And that was after I turned off all the obviously useless rules like the ones to catch mail from anyone not in my address book. This is probably a wonderful toool if you can undersatnd and take the enormous time to set it up to do what you want. Or just use it as it comes and you'll have no more email to worry about.
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Anonymous
23 August 2005
Version: 1.6
great software and keeps getting better. Thanks!
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Petr1
23 August 2005
Version: 1.6
Unfortunatelly when I click on the Download link, nothing happens. It only transfers me to a blank page and no download starts. Can you somebody please email me the DMG or SIT file? My email is: petr@vaclaveks.cz Many thanks!
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5
Anonymous
07 August 2005
Version: 1.5.8
A powerful free program. Be sure to NOT run it from the Disk image. For advanced users, the internal style is similar to PithHelmet.
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4
Anonymous
06 August 2005
Version: 1.5.8
Mail App knocks off 99% of spam, but i don't mind this picking up the stragglers.
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4.75
Anonymous
05 August 2005
Version: 1.5.8
This has helped to catch SO much more spam than Mail.app's junk filter. I really like it. Not sure why Apple's filer isn't this sophisticated? Anyway - great app! Great work!
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Anonymous
12 July 2005
Version: 1.5.6
Quits on launch on my system. NEver had this problem before.
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Anonymous
13 June 2005
Version: 1.5.5
I have used this for ages and promted it, but now it just won't install, it says mail.app is running and it most definitely isn't and even if you install nayway, it can't install rules!! Have no idea, why it thinks its running, could it be because of another mailbundle like growl mail
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5
Anonymous
31 May 2005
Version: 1.5.5
This works great! Thank you developers!
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5
UmarOMC
30 May 2005
Version: 1.5.4
This thing is SO extremely helpful! Thank you!
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Anonymous
30 May 2005
Version: 1.5.4
How does this compare to SpamSieve?
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5
Leighla
28 May 2005
Version: 1.5.3
I just wanted to post my 5star review of this Application. I have never had the power to check Whois servers on my annoying email sources. You can analyze + edit all of these. Frankly I was never so impressed. Leighla
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5
Anonymous
20 May 2005
Version: 1.5.3
Since I started using Junkmatcher a few days ago, not one spam email has gotten into my inbox. This thing just works and it is dead easy to use, or as complex as you want it to be. Until now I've never used any spam filter except the one in Mail.app, and with the addition of Junkmatcher, spam is history.
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Anonymous
20 May 2005
Version: 1.5.3
I have always used and liked this mail utility, but I can't get it to install (having uninstalled the old one) ON MAIL.APP IN 10.4.1...IT SAYS mail is still running when I try to install!?
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Anonymous
18 May 2005
Version: 1.5.3
Seems very featureful and flexible, but alas, the 10.4.1 Mail.app just crashes if it's installed. Fortunately an uninstallation procedure is clearly described on the web site, and resolves the crash. I'm looking forward to trying a more stable version in the future.
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5
Anonymous
18 May 2005
Version: 1.5.3
Tried it recently. Works! Easy to use. I'm running OS X 10.3.9
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5
Anonymous
17 May 2005
Version: 1.5.3
Always gets better and the price remains FREE. Wonderful anti-SPAM tool. Haven't moved to Tiger yet, so I can only say it works flawlessly with Panther.
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5
Anonymous
15 May 2005
Version: 1.5.2
This version 1.5.2 adds support for TIGER. Click on RELEASE NOTES and you can read for yourself.
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Anonymous
05 May 2005
Version: 1.5.1
GREAT PROGRAM, but can't be used in Tiger. Please release and update.
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4
Thevzitor
04 May 2005
Version: 1.5.1
Tiger not supported, unfortunately. When will this be ? Absolutely indispensable. Can't do without ! Please, an update...
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2.75
Macmend-com
23 April 2005
Version: 1.5.1
I always liked this, then I downloaded this version, and it will not install the plugin, it says mail.app is running even when it isn't. I tried manually installing the plugin but it doesn't like that either
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4.5
macmend
20 January 2005
Version: 1.19c
I have always like this app nad tried some others spam fire and spam sieve and couldn 't get on with them. However, now the prefs won't open, and I am not even sure if it is doing its job.
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4
Anonymous
14 August 2004
Version: 1.19
SpamCop automatic reporting no longer works, since SpamCop has changed its log-in procedure. Hopefully the next version will address this. Also, MacUpdate lists this as both "JunkMatcher" and "JunkMatcher Central," which makes it impossible to add it to my MacUpdate Desktop list--it searches unsuccessfully for "JunkMatcher Central."
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4.25
Anonymous
10 August 2004
Version: 1.18
Great stuff! Mail's filter does a good job for the most part, and this picks up everything else!
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Anonymous
11 June 2004
Version: 1.18
I just can't seem to download this program. Anyone else having problems?
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4.75
Anonymous
03 June 2004
Version: 1.17
This version is working fine for me, as did the previous version. Kudos to great freeware!
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Sherlock42
13 May 2004
Version: 1.15
Is anyone else having trouble with the latest release? Version 1.14 was catching _everything_, absolutely every piece of spam. Version 1.15 installed without a hitch, and I still have all the patterns checked in JMC, but now it is catching nothing.
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4.75
Jesper Juul Keller
12 May 2004
Version: 1.15
Love it! It does what it's supposed to do, and does it damn well. And it's free as well, despite the frequent updates and the quality of the product. Keep up the great work!
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5
Bmalam
03 May 2004
Version: 1.14
Kudos on a marvelous application! Dot-mac has been pretty good up until a few months ago at keeping spam at bay. JM works like a charm. The best part is the image-blocking, as I am no longer forced to view h*rny coeds when deleting filtered messages. An elegant touch. Again, THANK YOU!!!
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30 April 2004
Version: 1.14
Today's news: Scott Richter sues Spamcop http://www.tomshardware.com/hardnews/20040430_112422.html
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4.75
Raven-
27 April 2004
Version: 1.14
I love it, killing all that spam 100% !! The best spamkiller! easy to use!
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4.5
Anonymous
26 April 2004
Version: 1.14
Not need to say more: Best anti-spam filter out there!!!
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Anonymous
07 April 2004
Version: 1.11
Here is the question: should we fight back? Since JM now collects bad sites, there might be good use of the info. E.g., send a few packets to the site, download randomly and repeatedly from the sites, etc. This should consume some of the spamvertised websites. But the concern is the possible friendly fire, and the waste of bandwidth.
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5
Anonymous
05 April 2004
Version: 1.10
Simple - effective - I have been running 100% Spam filtered and 0% false positives for almost 60 days now. Thank You!
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3.75
Anonymous
29 March 2004
Version: 1.10
Import a Pattern Tweak in this latest version?? What's the developer talking about? See the sixth bullet down in the What's New.
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4.75
Amonre
28 March 2004
Version: 1.09
Awesome. Can't say more. Works perfectly.
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Anonymous
14 March 2004
Version: 1.08
This is from developer: Due to a missing utility (install_name_tool to be exact) that exists on my Mac but not on everyone's, you might have noticed JM didn't catch any spam after installing 1.08! I've since fixed the problem and please re-download the file from the same location. My sincere apology. (BTW, PLEASE let me know if you want to be a tester - you know, goof of this kind should not have happened in the first place)
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5
Anonymous
14 March 2004
Version: 1.08
FREE THE WEB! JunkMatcher and Pithhelmet, now available on Mac OS X. :)
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5
Heymini
08 March 2004
Version: 1.06
Had a slight problem with my Mail.app 'unexpectedly quiting' with the latest version of JunkMatcher. E-Mailed the author and got a prompt response and suggestions for a fix. Now works brilliantly again. 5 Stars all round and 6 for the Author.
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4.25
Anonymous
01 March 2004
Version: 1.0.5
I've liked this since before version 1.0. It just keeps getting better every time! With just a little bit of time and tuning, it has become nearly 100% accurate.
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4.75
Heymini
23 February 2004
Version: 1.0
This is just BRILLIANT!! It takes the standard Mail.app spam filter and turns it into a SUPER-SPAM filter. Having a web site i get 100-150 e-mails a day, this filter has not failed yet.. Just take some time and follow the simple install instructions and it will work perfectly.
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4.75
Anonymous
22 February 2004
Version: 1.0
Good, fast, reliable and one of the best or maybe just the best SpamKiller!! And I kills not only Spam but also Viruses via mail if you install more info ;)
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4.75
Anonymous
19 February 2004
Version: 0.99c
This App is AWESOME! Thanks so much for creating this, I've been looking for something like this for awhile. I highly recommend this to everyone.
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Anonymous
23 January 2004
Version: 0.99
This guy is a genius..check out his site!
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4.75
Anonymous
23 January 2004
Version: 0.99
Super boulot ! Enfin délivré de ces spams. Sur 100 mails ce week-end, 98 spams ! Tous filtrés...
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5
Anonymous
12 January 2004
Version: 0.98
Thank goodness I discovered this app (on Mac OSX Hints site)--I've been running it for about a week, and it has made Mail so much more usable! One question: the install instructions don't say anything about how to install updates--is there anything special to do, other than copying the new versions of JunkMatcher to the scripts folder, and JunkMatcher Central to apps folder? Thanks for all your work on this!
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4.75
Anonymous
11 January 2004
Version: 0.98
The last few releases have been terrific. It's stable and is doing a fine job. This is much better than the expensive alternatives.
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Anonymous
06 January 2004
Version: 0.97
Lesson learned: don't release pre-release software for download! (well, DUH!)
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3.75
byzcath
05 January 2004
Version: 0.97
So far, this has been a great adjunct to the mail app. It keeps getting better and catching more stuff! Thanks!
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Anonymous
31 December 2003
Version: 0.95
Ease up. I need this program and am prepared to go along with what is an argued and studied attempt to cure my most problematic email problem. apad
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Anonymous
24 December 2003
Version: 0.87
Folks: This is pre-release software. Save the ratings for after it's released as 1.0 and give the author a break. BTW - REs simply *rock*. Great stuff. Remember: "A one character regular expression is a regular expression that matches whatever the one character regular expression matches."
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23 December 2003
Version: 0.87
I'm the author of this app. Let me try to explain why it's so darn hard to write this app (some technical details follow). Q: Why can't you move a matched message during the messagee downloading stage? A: Because for some bizarre reason if a message is moved from a POP inbox before downloading finishes, Mail.app will not remove the message from the server even if it's told so. So I had to separate downloading and matching into two stages, and this presents at least two challenges: 1. Need to have a reliable way to know when downloading starts and finishes inside Mail.app 2. Need to collect the info about the incoming messages The solution to the first involves a loop waiting for Mail.app to become idle. BUT I can't let each incoming message trigger this waiting loop (100 messages would imply 100 processes!). So a locking mechanism must be thought out to ensure only one message triggers the waiting loop. The solution to the 2nd challenge is to place appropriate locks on the queue files so when multiple incoming messages *simultaneously* trigger the queue updating action, the queue files would still be in a consistent state. Adding to this complexity is that Mail.app apparently can't successfully connect to a second account if processing of an incoming message has taken too long. This implies I can only start a background process in junkMatcher.scpt. (the symptom of this is a message "Connect to xxx..." shows for a long while and timeout) So you see, simple limitations (moving messages from POP inbox, and time limit on processing each message) have caused great pain in engineering the workaround, and has increased the complexity of this supposedly simple app tremendously. For people feeling it's been updated too frequently, I hope this partly explains why. If anyone is willing to be a tester before I hit Macupdate again, please do let me know.
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5
Dorian Innes
23 December 2003
Version: 0.87
This program has worked extremely well for me so far. I highly recommend it. But 4 updates a week is getting reeeeeeaallllllyyyy annoying. You might want to pull the program and release it when you have all these bugs worked out. That's my only complaint. But it is a big one.
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Anonymous
16 December 2003
Version: 0.82
Didn't work, and I find it ironic that an anti-spam tool has spammed my macupdate account with 7 emailed update notices in the past few days. Highly not recommended.
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Anonymous
16 December 2003
Version: 0.81
Great idea, and cool functionality, but makes my Mail.app hang :(
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4.75
Grant Barrett
16 December 2003
Version: 0.81
This program keeps getting better and better. With Mail.app's junk filter and a couple rules of my own, I now catch 100 percent of spam, with fewer than one percent false positives. This works very, very well.
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5
Anonymous
03 December 2003
Version: 0.54
This is a really nice program. I've noticed it catches more than junk, but that's OK, easy enough to train Apple's mail app to identify non-junk. I hope the developer keeps improving it. It's a very fine effort and a great concept.
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Co2
02 December 2003
Version: 0.53
Hasn't worked correctly for me yet, but the author has been extremely responsive, and am sure it'll be sorted out (whether by Apple deciding to debug Mail, or by Ben's own time!) ;o)
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5
Larry Fransson
30 November 2003
Version: 0.52
With 0.52, he seems to have fixed the only remaining problem I had found. This is a great filter! It catches the stuff that still gets through Mail's filters. Using this in conjunction with the SpamCop.mailbundle, my spam filtering and reporting time has been reduced to a fraction of what it used to be.
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