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by brentskie / July 20, 2008 8:22 AM PDT

I have Windows Vista and it has a default 'junk' email file where all the crap automatically goes to.

I must get about 12-14 junk emails per day and I just usually just click on the link which deletes them all at once.

I'm wondering however,if by deleting them,I'm actually letting the sender know that someone's obviously receiving them.

Would it be better to just let them sit in my 'junk' email folder for an indefinite time, so that whoever's (or whatever machine) is sending them might assume that since nobody's deleting them,they're sending them to a non-fuctioning email addreess?

Any response would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

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I usually
by PudgyOne / July 20, 2008 8:44 AM PDT

do nothing. Do NOT open them. Some use html coding to see that your email account is active. Some contain viruses.

Do NOT click on the unsubscribe button. They will stop sending you emails from that email address but...

They then use another email address to send you emails from. You just verified that your email address is active. I use the spam blocked that my email provider has.


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junk mail
by brentskie / July 20, 2008 9:57 AM PDT
In reply to: I usually

I NEVER EVER open,let alone unsubscribe from any of the mail that's routed to my junk mail folder.It just sits there,unopened,unread.

As mentioned,none of any actual 'junk mail' ever gets throughg to my true 'inbox (thank goodness) and is always routed automatically to the junk file.

What I'm asking is should I just quit deleting the 'junk mail' from the 'junk folder' and let them just pile up, so they assume there's no such email address and quit sending email to it?

Thanks again,

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I closed
by PudgyOne / July 20, 2008 10:30 AM PDT
In reply to: junk mail

my email account for a week and then decided to reopen it. Junk mail was down.


I hardly use the email account I was talking about. Just use it for messaging.

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Delete them. . .
by Coryphaeus / July 20, 2008 11:58 PM PDT
In reply to: junk mail

Deleting an email sends no information back to the sender.

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It might do, if it is Previewed.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 21, 2008 10:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Delete them. . .

Many users use their email software's Preview Pane to read their emails, (I do), and that effectively opens the email and allows any html or images to be displayed. Either of those can send the message back to the sender.

The difficulty is, to delete an email you have to highlight it first, and that displays it in the Preview Pane. If your Inbox is empty and the first email you receive is spam, then that may display automatically in the Preview Pane.

I use a variety of options to reduce spam.

1] My first email in my Inbox is a 'Test' email I have sent to myself. It always sits there. Any other email that arrives is listed below that.

2] My Thunderbird email software has Junk controls that sift out a lot of spam and junk. Fortunately I can click the Junk button for an email without highlighting the email.

3] I have also set up Message Rules in the Tools menu. I will add to this as necessary, but it automatically removes emails with certain keywords, eg the usual sexual limb enlargement email, Rolex, Viagra, and so on. These emails are sent to Trash and deleted from the server. The Trash folder is emptied when I exit Thunderbird.

4] Any suspect email, but I am unsure, I remove the Preview Pane, (View > Layout > Preview pane), highlight the email, then goto View > Message Source to see the whole email message, which includes email routes, and allows the main body to be seen in raw format.

5] If I receive a whole batch of junk mail, I will Select All, then use CTRL to de-select the ones I want to keep, then delete the rest.

6] I suspect my ISP's POP Server also deletes many junk emails before they get to me.


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Try forwarding through G-mail
by jljue / July 26, 2008 1:01 AM PDT

If you aren't going through an Exchange or other corporate server, try forwarding your e-mail to a G-mail account, and download your e-mail from G-mail. G-mail is so flexible that you can actually set the account up to appear as your original account so that people don't know that you are even using G-mail. I started forwarding my e-mail from my Comcast account to my G-mail account, and spam stopped. I have checked the spam folder everyday, and I haven't seen anything in there that shouldn't be in there.

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Cactus Spam Filter
by sckermit / July 26, 2008 1:42 AM PDT

I looked at the free spam blockers available on CNET and ordered them by rating. Cactus Spam Filter looked good so I downloaded it a little over a week ago. You have to "train" the program to recognize good vs. spam, but that turned out to be very simple. I've already seen a big reduction in spam and anticipate it getting even better as I continue its training. I haven't experienced any problems from installing it either. Not bad for a freebie program!

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Special Way
by Mosta Tse / July 28, 2008 1:28 AM PDT

If you get more than 26 Junk E-mails a week,what you should do is change your E-mail address.Not the words or numbers before "@",but that after "@".For example,you can Register "" instead of ""or else to avoid reciding Junk Mail while you want to use Yahoo Mail.Why?Ask the Junk Mail Program Writters.

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Get a good spam blocker.
by mwooge / July 29, 2008 12:15 AM PDT

Getting a new e-mail address works, but that means telling everyone important of the change.

My advice is to get an anti-spam program.

Cox cable uses Macafee, which seems to work well.

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Stop Junk Mail at your mailbox
by maxinatlanta / November 3, 2008 10:08 AM PST

You can also stop real junk mail at your own mailbox.

You can sign do not mail petition(

like Do Not Call National Petition).I did some search online and this is the best resource so far available online ( correct me if I am wrong). I have done this 5 months ago and my mailbox is literally empty.I check my mail twice a month now. I even took the letter from samples provided and wrote it to a local Chinese restaurant that keeps putting fliers in my door. They stopped in the whole subdivision.

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In Response to your email about your email junk folder thing
by ChrisPIner / March 9, 2013 12:21 AM PST

to the third thing that you put you said if by deleting them you are actually letting them know that you are there that is false but here is what is letting them know that you are really there is that you can click on the email but never ever reply to the sender to stop sending you spam emails that is what lets them know that you are there and that actually makes them send more to be honest.

the the fourth thing that you put that will just slow down the emails but what you can do to preety much just stop them at least 99% of the time what works is clicking on the message and click under the "more" section click filter messages like these and create a filter or before deleting your messages forward your messages to as this is the Spam box for FTC (Federal Trade Commission). If you do all of this you should slowly but surely see a reduced amount of spam

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The best way
by subrato_saha37 / March 24, 2013 4:32 PM PDT

You can reply by writing something that he/she can never mail you.

Thank You

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check this view!!
by dannyjdavidson / April 3, 2013 2:12 PM PDT

If you find the message that should as Spam just move this to gmail->Spam .This is just clicking 'Report Spam' in the Gmail web interface and help us to improve our spam filters.

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