Spamfire X
Spamfire X
2.30

2.2

Spamfire X free download for Mac

Spamfire X2.30

12 March 2007

Fight spam with this email filter app.

Overview

Spamfire is an email filtering program that removes spam from your in-box. Works with any POP3 account and any email software.

What's new in Spamfire X

Version 2.30:

New Features:

  • Added new "Bayesian Tools" item to the Window menu. This brings up a window where you can reset or prune your Bayesian corpus. Pruning lets you remove unnecessary tokens from your Bayesian filter database. Occasional pruning can improve accuracy and speed.
  • Only shows error windows for mail checks that were initiated by the user. If an error occurs in a mail check initiated by schedule or by email proxy, the error is logged but not shown in an error window.
  • Resurrected the much-loved "Last mail check" status report, now shown, along with some other info, under the tool bar buttons. If there was an error on a recent mail check, that is noted here too.
Fixes and Improvements:
  • Fixed a problem that could cause database collisions, which could cause Spamfire to fail to save a UID record, which could cause duplicate message downloading.
  • Fixed the importing of IMAP accounts, which wasn't working properly.
  • Filter subscription validation fails more promptly and without hanging the program when you don't have an Internet connection.
  • Removed the "Show Significant Tokens" feature from the Preferences window because it is not working properly. We hope to bring this back in a future version.
  • Protected some areas of the mail fetching code that were not thread-safe. This fixes a problem that could cause Spamfire not to re-enable the auto-filter schedule and other schedules after logging off from multiple email accounts. May also fix some problems with keeping track of UID records, which might help with the "duplicate mail" problem that is persisting for some users. We also expect this will fix some database collisions that were leading to spinning beachballs.
  • Made the keychain access more reliable.
  • Fixed bug that caused marking a message as good to set the on-server flag when that was not appropriate.
  • Fixed a bug that caused Spamfire to resend good messages from helper accounts when marking them as good.
  • Fixed problem that caused Spamfire to think you always had proxy accounts, and therefore always added Spamfire Agent to your startup items.
  • Fixed problem with unnecessary timeouts when downloading large messages.

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56 Reviews of Spamfire X

Jako
07 November 2006
Version: 2.23

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Incredible slow if there are Mails containing bigger (> 1MB) attachments. Mailed Matterform two times, still no solution.
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Jan13
10 September 2008
Version: 2.30
I have this application since ... and it always was a problem. I think, that this developer was mere less talented as con then anything else .... I did have my nerve prime with them a long time ago just like many other users ... Finally they did close a door but in very unprofessional way.
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Medoras
02 December 2007
Version: 2.30
Can someone confirm if Matterform Media is still in business? No technical support. No filter updates for paid subscriptions. No response to emails to Michael Herrick asking for a status update (which we have been waiting on for over 8 months.) Their site is still alive however, If they have closed their doors they should let their customers know and we can look for alternatives. It's highly unprofessional to leave us all in limbo.
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Appearance-Tech
16 June 2007
Version: 2.30
Well, here it is now June 16 and MATTERFORM MEDIA is still CLOSED after about a total of four months. MATTERFORM MEDIA has vanished, no support, nothing. Michael Herrick seems to have skipped town without providing his customers any service or recourse. The paid filter subscription is still not working and Michael Herrick still has not provided any refunds. Instead, Herrick has decided to keep our money and not provided the paid service. Michael Herrick and Matterform Media, GIVE US OUR MONEY BACK! Surly, you are not a low down, common thief that takes people's money without providing the paid service are you? Four months is long enough to wait.
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Appearance-Tech
17 May 2007
Version: 2.30
MATTERFORM MEDIA OUT OF BUSINESS/CLOSED FOR GOOD? Well, as of May 17, 2007, Matterform Media still has not reopened. Their website states: Tech Support is CLOSED Tech Support is currently closed because of personal matters requiring attention. We apologize for the inconvenience. Tech support will be available again April 16. Their tech support has been closed for a total of over two months now with no recourse whatsoever for their customers. The paid filter subscription server has been down for over three months, approaching four months. Michael Herrick has not offered any type of compensation for his customers but instead has only kept our money without providing the paid service. I have been forced to file a complaint with my credit card company for a refund. DO NOT SPEND A DIME WITH THIS COMPANY!
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1
Appearance-Tech
02 May 2007
Version: 2.30
No SSL, Paid Filters Down Three Months, Support Closed For Months. What has happened to Spamfire? Look at all of the others leaving this software program. Count this long time user as leaving too. I have used this program since v1. I give up. Nothing works right. There is no SSL support. It plain does not work with either POP or IMAP SSL. The paid filter subscription service has been down for nearly three months. We paid for this service but this company has let us down. There has been no offers of refunds or extensions of service. Support has been down for over a month now and never returns when stated. If you have a problem, you are on your own. I can understand health and personal issues but there has been no support for ages now. They need to provide alternatives. There is nowhere else to turn ...no support forums, groups...nothing. Good bye Spamfire. I hate to lose my $30 but your lousy support, lack of response on addressing your paid filter subscription outage and basically ripping us off for three months, and failure to fix your SSL support after many attempts has chased this once loyal supporter for good.
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Jako
07 November 2006
Version: 2.23
Incredible slow if there are Mails containing bigger (> 1MB) attachments. Mailed Matterform two times, still no solution.
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3.75
Ben-marko
22 October 2006
Version: 2.23
Much improved over earlier versions, previously, Enourage would crash (?) when Spamfire was active. The best filter out there, it catches about 80% of spam for me.
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Easyede
21 July 2006
Version: 2.2.2
The negative comments regarding version 2.0 are correct - I was almost to the point of finding another spam filter myself. Then version 2.2 came along and it is back to being a robust effective spam filter. You owe to yourself to try 2.2 if you were previously turned off by the bugs in 2.0.
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4
Perplexity
21 July 2006
Version: 2.2.2
I'm using this since version 1. There have been some problems with corrupt mail databases and lost emails in the past, but ever since version 2 it works like a dream. I use it in combination with Powermail and for me, Spamfire works better than SpamSieve.
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1
Micky1
08 June 2006
Version: 2.2
ever since it trashed all of my emails i've been taying away from this bug ridden software.
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1
Anonymous
16 September 2005
Version: 2.1.1
Ever since the release of version 2.0, this software gets buggier rather than better. With 2.1.1, my 2 email accounts have multiplied into 6, and I still keep getting mail that's been deleted from my server and trashed. Looks like it's time to try out other software and trash this one.
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4.5
Anonymous
16 September 2005
Version: 2.1.1
I love this product. 2.x is a big improvement over version 1, with faster, more responsive filters and interface enhancements. The developers have been diligent in seeking and responding to user feedback. I plan to extend my subscription.
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1
Anonymous
11 May 2005
Version: 2.02
Once loved, now hated, by me. It started out well and now it's just plain rubbish. Too bad. Too bad that I wasted my bloody money on it!
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1
Anonymous
22 April 2005
Version: 2.02
Once upon a time, many versions ago, this was a good program. Unfortunately the company does not offer adequate support to its registered users, many features do not work as advertised, the upgrade price is ridiculous, and other programs deal much better with spam. For example, for filtering or for previewing email, I prefer POPmonitor or Mail Toolbox. For automatically gathering spam in a folder you can't beat SpamSieve (98.4% accurate for me). For reporting spam I used SpamCop (the reporting script) and Apple's Mail. In terms of actually seeing a decrease in spam, Sp@mX is my choice for reporting. In summary, Spamfire has been a great disappointment.
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1
BURNED BY SPAMFIRE
18 October 2004
Version: 1.6.2
HEADACHES. That's what this program gives you. I loved it once. And then it started causing problems with all the updates. And the developers were useless. They kept telling me to downgrade and I did but it never improved. They would ask me to downgrade and upgrade and it started to feel like SpamFire was my development! At one point it started opening three different SpamFire icons in my dock. Yes. It took three lighters in my dock for me to finally see the light. I trashed it. I got SpamSieve. I've never looked back. I suggest you do the same.
(0)
5
Jeff7
20 August 2004
Version: 1.6.1
I've been using Spamfire since I switched over to OS X from OS 9. It has always worked great, but, the new Spamfire.net feature seems to have made it even better. Since I've been on the net for years now with the same email address I get TONS of spam. Spamfire.net seems to have knocked the spam that gets through WAAAY down! A great program is even better now!
(0)
1.75
Anonymous
10 August 2004
Version: 1.6
Still garbage. Even worse now that it checks back with Spamfire's home database (should you choose this option).
(0)
4.5
Flash1296
13 June 2004
Version: 1.5.1
I love Spamfire. I have tried Spamnix, SpamSieve, etc. and I rate Spanfire the best.
(0)
1.5
Anonymous
06 May 2004
Version: 1.5.1
I ceased using Spamfire Pro for the following reasons: 1. Lack of follow-up to questions; although I am a registered user. Yes, they acknowledge your request for information, but it takes weeks to hear an answer. One question I never heard anything about. 2. I read in one of the reviews that a person actually received more spam while using Spamfire. This was the case for me too. It might having something to to do with the "bounce" feature that I always used. Since I have stopped using Spamfire the amount of spam has dwindled down to approximately two-thirds less. 3. Too much redundancy: I had to use, and still do use Mail Toolbox to find those spam messages that Spamfire missed altogether. These are those invisible messages that do not have a sender or a subject. I believe they may be used by spammers to determine whether an e-mail address is valid as you cannot bounce these particular messages. Spamfire never ever recognized them. 4. Spamfire was a lot of work: As new filters were uploaded by Spamfire I was forced to start over again changing the status of certain senders each and every time. 5. The makers of Spamfire are writing a version for Windows which means the Mac version will suffer. It has. This is really an application that is about fifty percent done and far from being the reality that it is advertised to be.
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3
Anonymous
17 April 2004
Version: 1.5
I put it on system and it's slo...............w! Not there yet!
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3.25
Anonymous
03 April 2004
Version: 1.5
whilst this is a good tool, I find it a bit buggy, crashes, launches mail.app when it hasn't actually sent out the good mail. But its better than most
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Anonymous
26 March 2004
Version: 1.5
Okay...I have been doing follow-ups and here's the latest: Spamfire stills misses SOME of those messages that do no show up on the radar, but show up with Mail Toolbox (which I did register and now use in conjunction with Spamfire), so this is at least a step in the right direction. When checking the version in the a regular window is states 1.45 versus the in the INFO window the correct 1.5.
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Leo of BORG
19 March 2004
Version: 1.5fc1
Just an addenda to my review: 1/ There is now only ONE Help menuitem. Just a cosmetic thing, but VERY cool! 2/ Even better! Spam Crime reporting happens in a _rock solid_ separate application and also sends 'unsubscribe' msgs to comply with US anti-spam laws. SC tracks the unsubscribe requests, so if you get another spam you can sue the ******. Heheh. 1.5fc1 is _much_ more stable than the previous ones, and except for an issue at logout where the SpamfireAgent does not gracefully quit, this looks to be a solid release (for a final beta).
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4.25
Leo of BORG
18 March 2004
Version: 1.5fc1
I find Spamfire to be an excellent block for spam. I'm also having 1-2 spams come thru to E'Rage, but that's easily taken care of by setting a Rule to throw anything not in my Addressbook into 'Deleted Items' (my watchfolder). I dropped Spamsieve about a year ago and haven't looked back. Sending reports to SpamCop is of little value, however because they spit back replies that you must then click on a URL to finish processing the spam. Uck. There are other bugs, like how SF doesn't shut down its cronjob on logoff, so if you're using FileVault you'll get a 'Please Register!' dlog while your home directory is getting compacted (this is a nuisance bug, haven't had any other problems with it). That should be proof enough that it's working (I'm using 'every five minutes'). Receiving and sending your mail from localhost (use Postfix Enabler), and you can definitely see the spamfire agent burp and belch its way thru your mail... ;) That being said, it is fun swamping piracy@adobe.com and piracy@spa.com with complaints about '$40 software spam' via keyboard shortcut (use MenuMaster). While no package is perfect (and Spamfire is no exception) the author(s) are extremely responsive, and the next beta is only a week away (probably). Sign me a satisfied user.
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Anonymous
17 March 2004
Version: 1.5fc1
This version 1.5fc1 STILL misses those e-mails that come through with no visible characters that others pick up. Thankfully, the second HELP menu is now gone.
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4.75
Anonymous
17 March 2004
Version: 1.5fc1
I'm a huge fan of SpamFire. I've used it for nearly a year now to manage 8 email accounts -- some of which are overrun with spam, and SpamFire works tremendously well with Entourage for that. The background checking via cron is excellent, as is the ability to auto-import Entourage's address book daily to make sure new addressees don't accidentally get marked as spam. The custom filtering settings per email account are helpful too, as they allow me to filter less heavily for the spam light accounts I have, and more for those inundated. All I can say is this is best spam tool I've found and it's worked flawlessly for nearly a year.
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Anonymous
13 March 2004
Version: 1.4.5
I am remaining with SpamFire until my filter subscription runs out which is shortly. I started using Mail Toolbox and noted that there are messages (messages that appear with no characters visible) that are missed by SpamFire, but seen by both Mail Siphon and Mail Toolbox. This concerns me. I really wanted to remain with SpamFire, but little things (actually not so little) issues like the above and the fact hat there are still TWO bloody HELP menus are forcing me to let it go.
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3.5
Anonymous
06 March 2004
Version: 1.4.5
I just don't understand how the "perform scheduled checks via cron" feature works at all. It seems to be able to work without spamfire beeing launched, but It does not... If someone can tell me how to figure this out, thanks !
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Anonymous
22 February 2004
Version: 1.4.5
Can a program get worse over time? I used to love SpamFire. I keep hoping that with each version bugs will get fixed, but they don't and I have no idea what's being introduced with these newer versions except for a new version number. I certainly don't notice any improvements and keep noticing its shortcomings. Regarding the previous review, if you like Mail Siphon you may like Mail Toolbox (by the same author) even more. Ideally I would like a combination of POPMonitor (great anti-spam program) and Mail Toolbox. Coming back to Spamfire, I'll wait for 1.4.6 and hope that one is indeed an improvement.
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1.75
Anonymous
18 February 2004
Version: 1.4.4
Once, a staunch supporter, now a user of a little known app called Mail Siphon. After almost a year's usage of Spamfire I have found the following: Most of the new spam is now coming from overseas and it is coming in drives. This requires constant updating of Spamfire's filters. Until the filters are either updated or you manually add the spammer -- that [particular domain and spammer's message gets through the system and you have to delete it while in Apple's Mail. 1) Spamfire too redundant. 2) I find you save a significant amount of time using Mail Siphon because you go directly to the list of incoming e-mail BEFORE you use Apple Mail and from there you can delete or bounce spam. It never makes it past Mail Siphon. The funny thing is that I had Mail Siphon and had stop using it in favor of Spamfire, but when so many messages kept slipping through the very principle of what Spamfire has to offer it only started adding up to more and more work on my end. Now I just nip-it-in-the-bud at the my mail server...a much more efficient means.
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5
Anonymous
05 February 2004
Version: 1.4.4rc2
I would like the following features added: 1) The ability to customize the toolbar like Apple's with small icons; small icons and text 2) Please remove the second, redundant, HELP in the Apple Menu Bar 3) Make it compatible with Unsanity's ShapeShifter 4) The ability to switch the columns around Other than the above I'm very happy with SpamFire. I am worried, like others, that with MatterForm moving into the Windoze market that future development of SpamFire for the Mac will lag behind like it always does when a Developer goes to other platforms.
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4.5
Anonymous
05 February 2004
Version: 1.4.4rc2
Great app. Catches a ton of real spam, is trainable, and interfaces well with email clients -- in my case, Entourage. The new cron scheduling is handy.
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Anonymous
21 January 2004
Version: 1.4.3
When are the two HELP menus going to be changed?
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Sky38962
17 November 2003
Version: 1.4.2
The users manual on line is almost not understandable for foreigners . A PDF manual would be welcome .
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5
Anonymous
15 November 2003
Version: 1.4
This version 1.4 has stood the time of time for me. It's faster, better, less quirks and works exceedingly well. I would tweak a few of the GUI, but this is a solid preforming version. It was made for Panther and shows it.
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5
Anonymous
02 November 2003
Version: 1.4
My spam is virtually gone. What a pleasant surprise. This version cleans up a lot of the past nigglings' and its quick in Panther. Yahoo.
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5
Anonymous
26 October 2003
Version: 1.4
Spamfire works best in Panther. It is much, much faster. It is much smoother. It is simply a better performer in Panther. With the Windows interconnectivity Spamfire should prove to be and even better value.
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Anonymous
23 October 2003
Version: 1.4b19
There still needs to be some alleviation of the redundancy. First, please get rid of the silly pop-up help messages. Next get rid of the useless drop-down dialog that appears when you BOUNCE a message that tells you some messages can't; it always slows matters down and I dislike it greatly. Third, the new Filtering Status is useless as it the Status part is too far to the right and does not slow enough information. Fourth, sizable columns. Fifth, the toolbar is misleading as if it can be configured, but it can't and it upsets me as I want a "use Small Icons" option and I want to be able to switch icons around to my liking. Sixth, and my biggest concern, is now MatterForm is making a Windows version and this means the Mac version will slip into oblivion and be updated less-and-less; a trait I see all-the-time with Developers who go this route. I was going to extend my filter subscription, but not now...you can kiss SpamFire goodbye for the Mac.
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4
Anonymous
23 October 2003
Version: 1.4b19
New UI improvements are excellent. A GREAT anti-spam tool that's trainable, updates its filters often, and is usable with virtually all OS X email apps.
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4.75
Anonymous
22 October 2003
Version: 1.4b18
All-in-all there are some improvements. I would like to see the "toolbar" portion tailorable with the ability to make the icons small. Also, would be interested in some third party plug-in's for this app if the authors of Spamfire would allow them. Now there is no more forwarding a spam to notify Spamfire as it goes to the FTC and you can setup other agencies as well. No problems with it so far.
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4.5
Anonymous
09 September 2003
Version: 1.3.9.2
Spamfire works like a champ even with my 6 different email accounts. I like that even if I change email apps, it'll still tie-in with them. So far I'm extremely pleased I think the filter upgrades make it brilliant -- since spammers seem to get more and more creative.
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1.75
Anonymous
17 August 2003
Version: 1.3.9.2
I have been disappointed with spamfire; every time I have tried to load it it "hangs" on my Mac OSX 10.2. It is especially irritating as my emails to spamfire have gone unanswered.
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5
Anonymous
06 July 2003
Version: 1.3.9.1
I've been using this program for about 8 months (or so), and it's absolutely the best. I run a home business and have a few emails , both personal and business related and I get a TON of spam. Aside from going and putting a bullet in the spammers head this is a GREAT solution!
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5
Mikebartlett
25 June 2003
Version: 1.3.9.1
And the Oscar goes to.......Spamfire I bought it 10 weeks ago. The efficiency is about 99,9 %, very easy to use and the support is great. What else can I say ? Use it, love it, promote it.
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5
Anonymous
06 June 2003
Version: 1.3.7
I really love this software. Elegant and efficient. Thumbs up!!!
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5
Anonymous
06 June 2003
Version: 1.3.7
Gradually, over the past two years, despite being very careful, I started getting enormous amounts of spam. Maybe I was in denial, but I didn't deal with it until my young daughter, upon opening my computer, was greeted by some very raunchy stuff. Took some action. After researching and trying out the various programs, Spamfire comes out on top. Way on top. It's actually fun to open the spam window to see what crap Spamfire has intercepted. It's a breeze to set up and easy to customize.
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5
Anonymous
25 May 2003
Version: 1.3.7
I did try them all! What I have to say about this one? >>Second to NON!
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5
Anonymous
01 May 2003
Version: 1.3.7
I love this program! Tons of tweaking that you can do. Once that's done---bam to spam!
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5
Anonymous
30 April 2003
Version: 1.3.7fc1
Each version keeps getting faster and faster. A daunting task considering how much spam proliferation there is out there. Great tech support. They now charge for an annual subscription to the downloadable filtering capabilities, but I have found that they really keep up on the spam war so for me there is no grievance. You can buy up to three years worth and save more. At first, I was a bit pissed, but these guys really do their homework. I'm sticking with them.
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5
Anonymous
27 March 2003
Version: 1.3.5
Can't live without it.
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4.5
Anonymous
27 March 2003
Version: 1.3.5
Great Program. It took a week tp really setp properly but once I did its been working great since. I still check the SPAM LOG daily to ensure I do not lose email - One qusetion when will BAYSEIN filtering be added? Then this will be 99.99% accurate.
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greg chesney
19 March 2003
Version: 1.3.4
Excellent. Best I've seen for the desktop and I've been fighting spam before Al Gore invented the Internet.
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4.75
Anonymous
31 January 2003
Version: 1.3.2
It works as advertised. And it does so, so well, that it's freeing my email box from all kinds of nonsense. I installed the trial software...and saw how well it worked, so quickly, that I bought a full version the same day.
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4.75
John-D
22 January 2003
Version: 1.3.2
Get rid of spam ! Really ! And easy... Very good program, that will change your life. Works with any POP3 account and any mail program. A Must !
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4.25
Charles Fahey
16 January 2003
Version: 1.3.1
Except for some occasional unexpected quits (maybe once a week), this software is fantastic! It is a perfect compliment to any email app, including Mail. In the first two months after I installed it only 2 spams slipped through to Mail. That's down from about 30 a day. Creating new filters is very intuitive and Matterform does a great job of offering filter updates online as well, insuring I can thwart the latest spam tactics. I reccomend at least trying the 15-day demo.
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4.75
Anonymous
15 January 2003
Version: 1.3.1
Superb spam filter. Catches 99,95% for me. Smarter and better results than Apple's Mail spam technologie.
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