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Customize Filter

Customize Filter –  Allows you to set Spam Bully to a preset filter level.  Each level has various combinations of filtering mechanisms.  In general, it is best to use the normal filter level.  Only change the default level if you have special filtering needs or the current filter level isn’t effectively filtering your spam messages.  Use the slider to select a preset filter level.  You can also hand select each filtering option with the “Customize Filter” option.  Each filtering option is explained in the “Customize Filter” option below.

 

a.)    Contacts List – Allows all emails from users in your email Contact List.

 

b.)    Friends List – Allows all emails from users in your Spam Bully Friends List.

 

c.)    Spammers List – Blocks all emails from users in your Spam Bully Spammers List.

 

d.)    Allow/Block List – Enables the Allow/Block List which allows or blocks certain words/phrases you have chosen in the “Allow/Block list” options menu.

 

e.)    Bypass IE Favorites Domains– This will automatically allow emails from domains that appear in your Internet Explorer Favorites list.  However, if at least one email address from one of these domains has been added to your spammers list, the domain will not be allowed to bypass the filter.  This helps to prevent common domain names which are used by spammers to not bypass the filter once an email address has been added to your Spammers list.

 

f.)     Bypass IE History Domains – Will automatically allow emails from domains that appear in your Internet Explorer History list.  However, if at least one email address from one of these domains has been added to your spammers list, the domain will not be allowed to bypass the filter.  This helps to prevent common domains which are used by spammers to not bypass the filter once an email address from this domain has been added to the Spammers list.

 

g.)    Check Blocked Languages – This will enable checking for character sets that you have configured to be blocked with the “Block Languages” menu option.

  

h.)      Check Blocked Countries - This will enable checking for countries that you have configured to be blocked with the “Block Countries” menu option.

 

i.)    Bayesian Filter – This enables the Bayesian filter.  This is the heart of the filtering system in Spam Bully.  Bayesian filters work by looking at the words that are used in spam emails and good emails and then classifying the email based on the words that these emails contain.  There are certain words that tend to comprise spam emails and also certain words that tend to comprise your good emails.  By analyzing these patterns Spam Bully can route spam messages to the Spam folder.

 

j.)      Check RBL Sites – This option enables checking of Realtime Blackhole Lists looking for open relay servers which are responsible for sending a lot of the spam messages you may receiving. These lists are usually accurate, but they have been known to block legitimate email messages from time to time from reaching users.  Sometimes the maintainers of these lists can become overzealous in what servers they place on these lists. If you enable this feature, it can be slow since it must connect to the internet to check each message.

 

k.)   Analyze Links – This option enables Bayesian analysis of the links in email messages. Spam Bully reviews the content on the web pages these links go to so it can determine if an email is spam.  This is helpful in analyzing messages that may only contain a link to a website. If you enable this feature, it can be slow since it must connect to the internet to check each message.

 

l.)      Send Challenge Emails - This is an email that is sent to an unknown user that has passed the Bayesian filter but is not yet in your Friends list.  This email asks them to confirm they are a valid user by typing in a password from the challenge email. (NOTE: This is an Outlook Only feature) 

 

 

m.)    Recommended – These are the preset filter levels.  These are the same ones that appear in the “Filter Level” menu option.

 

 

 

 


Last Modified: 2004-01-29         Number of views: 3814

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