1.3.6 Pro, comes
close to being the
perfect solution to
the spam problem. As
anyone who has had
the same email address
for any length of
time can attest, the
spammers will find
you. They use many
techniques to make
sure that you receive
their unwanted invitations.
Spamfire uses those
very techniques, via
xml scripts, to turn
the tables on most
If you want to let Spamfire do all the work then some spam will get through. If you want to customize Spamfire less spam will get through. I have reduced the amount of spam, that actually gets to Entourage, from 20 to 30 spam emails a day to 1 or 2.
Spamfire’s main window looks like this.
When you receive spam is shows up here, not in your inbox.
Preferences are set the first time Spamfire is launched with the help of an assistant. Here one enters user names for email accounts, server names and passwords (all this can be entered manually as well). At the end of the setup dialog boxes all of the addresses in your primary email application are imported and added to your friends list. This too, can be edited later. There is also a list list to which you can add email lists to which you are subscribed.
Spamfire comes with an extensive list of filters, that is also editable. These filters are the heart of Spamfire. They are Applescripts and XML scripts that search: Any header, From, From(email), From(name). Reply-To, To, CC, subject, Body, Subject or Body, Attachment filename, or Size.
For me, the fun starts after all the mail has been filtered and you have a window full of spam. In the menu bar is the heading “Revenge.” Spamfire includes such functions as Bounce, Report to Matterform, Bug the WebBugs and Toll Free Numbers. These, respectively, return the spam to the sender as undeliverable, report the spammer to Matterform (software developer of Spamfire) for addition to their filter list, send a message directly to the spammer’s mail server to lock it up or otherwise inconvenience them, and allow you to call the spammer’s toll free numbers and tell them exactly what you think of them (and in the process make them pay for the call). Nice, huh?
There is extensive help via the Help menu and at the Matterform web site. There is also a tutorial again under the Help menu.
I am still in the process of tweaking the filters and adding names to my “lists” list, but the amount of spam I actually receive in Entourage and been reduced by 90% or more. When I am satisfied that Spamfire is working exactly as I want it, I will have is automatically delete any received spam. For now, I am content to not have it bloat my Entourage user’s data base.
Spamfire version 1.3.6 Pro comes close to being the perfect solution to the spam problem. The Lite version of Spamfire has the same features except for multiple email accounts.
Mac OS 9.1 or higher or Mac OS X 10.1 or higher. Works with any email program, and with dial-up or always-on internet connections. Requires a POP3, IMAP or Hotmail account. Does not currently work with AOL or Web-only email accounts. If your Web email also provides POP3 or IMAP access, you will be able to use it with Spamfire. Additional integration features are available for Eudora, Entourage, Outlook Express, Netscape and OS X Mail.