Spam Blockers: The Best Products for Home Use


Easy to use programs that will effectively block spam from your email

As Editor of Support Alert newsletter I've tried dozens of spam blockers. Some offer phenomenal spam detection rates but are really difficult to use. Others are easier to use but don't simply work very well.

This makes it really hard for average folks. They don't want to spend hours setting up spam filters, they just want them to work. They want to get rid of all that spam without being forced to become computer nerds.

But there's good news:

I've found two spam blockers that do deliver the goods for home users. To be frank, there are other highly advanced spam filters that offer slightly better spam detection rates than these products. However, to use these sophisticated filters, you'll need a lot of technical skill.

The two products I've found can be used by anybody. Both will effectively remove the vast majority of your spam with a simplicity that will leave you smiling.

Both give excellent results even though they work in totally different ways. Both will delete the vast majority of spam while safely leaving alone your real mail in. I give each my hearty recommendation. 

If you want to get rid of spam without dedicating your life to be becoming a computer expert, this is your chance to take revenge on the spammers.

Editor's Choice: Best spam blockers for average users:

Cloudmark Desktop (For Outlook / Outlook Express Users only)

Cloudmark doesn't try to work out what email is spam rather it relies on the collective opinion its one million+ users to do that.

This approach is both simple and effective. And it makes using the product simple too. On most days, you won't have to do anything, Cloudmark will just quietly and inconspicuously work away removing unwanted mail from your in-box.

But it's not only simple to use, it has very respectable spam detection rates and will stop phishing hoaxes and other unwanted mail as well.

Cloudmark's real strength though, is that it will never delete your genuine personal mail by incorrectly classifying it as spam. That's something that no other spam blocker can match and it's a great source of security for those who want to ensure they never miss an important email.

If you use Outlook or Outlook Express and you value ease of use, then don't look any further. This is the product for you.  More details.

MailWasher V5

Unlike Cloudmark, MailWasher will work with just about every email program

MailWasher doesn't remove spam from your PC rather it removes spam from your mail server before you download your mail to your PC.

This may seem strange but it makes a lot of sense. It means that when you download your email, you download it free of spam. That means smaller, faster mail downloads.

Checking your mail on the server has other advantages: it means that you can delete obvious viruses, large attachments, phishing hoaxes and other unwanted mail before downloading. That way they never come anywhere near your PC.

Although it can be set up to work automatically MailWasher works best when you cast a watchful eye over its decisions. And the program is cleverly set up to allow you to do this quickly and efficiently.

In fact, that's one of the strengths of MailWasher's approach. It offers real user-control over the spam removal process and ensures that your real mail will not be incorrectly classified as spam.

Add to that the fact that it's simple, it's effective and completely comprehensible even to computer novices and you have a winning combination. More details



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Cloudmark is discontinuing service in a few months. I've used both Cloudmark Desktop and MailWasher based on your past reviews. Do we have any updated reviews on Spam Blockers in the works?

It's a kind request. Whenever you post a suggestion, please do include the links to its homesite, so that editors, moderators, and other users do not have to go search for it. Sometimes, if we cannot find any proper information on a product being free, or other relevant information, we will delete the comment, or even ban for spam. I have inserted the relevant links in the comment.