How to stop your Spam emails – without expensive software

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How to organize your emails

Hello and welcome to this week’s newsletter. This week I have decided to take a break from the usual eBay related material and focus on something that I am sure affects most of you – email management.

With the amount of Spam and junk we all receive you really do need to have a system in place that filters out the junk and then moves your genuine emails into relevant folders.

I am going to show you exactly how I do this using Microsoft’s Outlook Express, you can do the same in Outlook but the layout is slightly different. You can download Outlook Express for free at the link below, or you can purchase Microsoft Office if you are looking for a full office package.

Outlook Express free download:

Buy Microsoft Office:

Now that you have got Outlook or Outlook Express (OE) installed let me show you how to manage your emails.

First let’s look at how to get rid of the Spam! First I will give you a VERY quick lesson on how computers work in the most basic form possible.

Computers can recognize the following commands:


So if we were to write a quick line of code in structured English to solve our problem it would look like this:

IF email contains the word “Viagra”

THEN move to “Spam” folder

ELSE Leave email in inbox

That means if the computer finds the word “Viagra” in the body of the email it will move it to the Spam folder. That’s all well and good but how do we put this into action?

Follow the instructions below and I will show you how this is done in Outlook Express.

1. Open up OE and Click on Tools > Message Rules > Mail > New

Mail 1

2. Check the box that says “Where body contains words” and then Click on the blue text in box 3 that says “Contains Specific Words”

Mail 2

3. You can then enter as many “Spam” words as you like. So for example you would enter “Viagra” “Medication” “Sex Drive” etc. Once you have entered your list of words click “OK”

Mail 3

4. Now you need to send all messages that match those criteria to the deleted items folder. So in box 2 Check the box that says “Move to specified folder”

Mail 4

5. In box 3 click the blue text that says “Specified Folder”. You can then choose which folder to move the emails to that match the above criteria, for this example I will use the deleted items folder but you could always create your own folder called “Spam” and move the emails there instead.

Mail 5

6. Click on “OK”. Name your message rule and then click “OK” again and your rule will be saved.

So what exactly have you just done?

You have told Outlook Express to move all emails that contain the words “Viagra” “Medication” “Sex Drive” to your deleted items folder. That way all of the usual Spam emails won’t be taking over your inbox causing you to miss out on genuine emails.

Do be careful though, you may have some genuine emails come through that contain the “trigger” words so they would also be moved to the deleted items folder, so it’s probably a good idea to check your deleted items folder once in a while to see if any genuine emails have gone through.

That’s all for this week. What did you think of the change in direction from eBay to random email management? Do you want me to go back to my eBay based emails or would you rather that I tackled a wider subject base? Let me know by leaving a comment.

You might also notice that I made a mini Steve Irwin tribute post below. I know a lot of you may think he was just a wacky TV presenter but he did an amazing amount of conservation work and genuinely cared about Wildlife and the environment.

The world has lost a great man and my condolences go out to his family. I saw that the Discovery Channel will be opening up a Steve Irwin charity that will go towards the running of Australia Zoo and providing his children with a good education. No news on when this will be opened but I will do a blog entry to let all of you know so you can donate if you wish.

I’ll close this weeks newsletter with a moving video tribute to the worlds greatest Wildlife Warrior.

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5 Responses to “How to stop your Spam emails – without expensive software”
  1. Lin says:

    Unfortunately most spammers are aware of these rules that we can put in place that you have described here. So a lot of the spam that I get do not contain the usual trigger words – instead, they use; vi@gr@, or p3nis enlargement etc etc…!

    It is good to see non-eBay posts too, yes.

  2. Dan (el_passo) says:

    You are right about the spammers being more creative. The only way is to add every misspelling they use.

    Just looking at one of my spam emails now and I have:

    Viagr*, Ambie*, Ciali*, Xana*, Rivotri*, Levitr*, Cipro,
    Meridi*, Celebre*, Valiu*

    Seems some have started adding *’s instead of the last letter.

  3. That is good to know – I think that the email I get is low volume enough that it could work. I’m also going to let my family know – some of them are pretty out to lunch when it comes to this sort of thing and it could save them some time and frustration with spam stuff. Also, if anyone is actually in the market for MSO – I just saw a great price here, with a rebate too – thought I’d spread the love 😀

    I still can’t believe that Steve Irwin died, and in such a tragic way. So sad for his wife and kids.

  4. Dan (el_passo) says:

    I knwo what you mean about Steve Irwin, although I neevr met the guy I was a huge fan, not just of his TV shows but for his beliefs and the fact he got off his backside and did something to benefit the planet in a way most of us can only dream about.

    The fact he spent most of his £40m fortune on wildlife conservation says it all, he even bought up loads of rain forest with his own cash to save it from being chopped down – a true modern day hero that will be sadly missed.

    I hope Terri and the Kids can carry on the family tradition and keep his projects in the spotlight.

  5. I couldn’t agree more – I had actually just started watching some of his shows when I was at the gym – and he really did have a gift with animals. You’re right in terms of his legacy as well, hopefully he has inspired a new generation of kids to care about the planet and the animals we share it with. 🙂