Spam Filter:Spam Filter
- Identifiy some emails coming from mail farms, or spoofed addresses, and moves these to Junk;
- Allow you to mark multiple emails as Junk in one go (native Outlook can only do one at a time);
- Allow you to check the Reply To address on a mail before you reply (this is not always the same as the From address)
Note: This works on only one email account per Outloook. If you have multiple accounts, I am working on a version to manage those. Please drop me an email if interested.
- Enable Visual Basic in Outlook (if not already enabled): File – Options – Customize Ribbon then set check box for Visual Basic.
- Copy in the code: Open Visual Basic editor (Devloper – Visual Basic). Copy the attached text in SpamFilter attached above into ThisOutlookSession.
- Compile and save the macros: Select Debug – Compile and then File – Save menu options. Close Visual Basic editor.
- Assign the new macros to Quick Access toolbar: File – Options – Quick Access Toolbar. Select ‘Macros’ from drop-down list and then Add Junk_Item, TestMailItem and CheckForSpam macros. You can modify here the icons displayed in the Quick Access Toolbar if you wish.
Latest Blocked Senders: BlockedSenders
BlockedSenders uses native Outlook functionality, which identifies email from a list of addresses as Spam and moves these to your Junk folder. You may use our list as a starting point.
- Click on the link above, and select Save As … then save BlockedSenders.txt to any folder (C:\Users\youruserid\Downloads for example).
- From Home tab, open Junk – Junk E-Mail Options – Blocked Senders – Import from File and then select BlockedSenders.txt from the folder you saved it into in the step above.
- You can now delete the BlockedSenders.txt file (or keep for reference).
Latest Hosts file: hosts_txt
Windows maintains a local mapping of IP addresses (hosts) for certain websites. You can use this to blacklist unwanted spam/dangerous sites . This removes some pop-up ads, and prevents some other unwanted activity. This should reduce data usage and speed up access times for some websites that reference external material on your blacklist. Note: there is no 100% solution to manage ad-noise, this is simply one possible layer in your armour!
- Click on the link above, and select Open. Select all contents (Ctrl-A) and then copy (Ctrl-C).
- Find Notepad or Notepad++ in your applications, right-click to bring up context menu and select Run as administrator (might be under More>).
- Click File – Open and navigate to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc (make sure you’ve selected All Files *.* and not Text Files *.txt) and then open hosts file.
- Paste the previously copied text into your hosts file (Ctrl-C) …. you may replace the entire contents with this new list (Ctrl-A then Ctrl-C).
- Now save (File – Save).
We will provide regular updates to all of these (the SpamFilter macro, BlockedSenders and hosts file) if there is demand. Please email me at email@example.com if you would like a regular update.
If you have your own list of BlockedSenders or blocked hosts, please email those to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will amalgamate into the next update … that way we can all help each other to de-spam our lives!