The Good Includes scads of built-in filters; makes it easy to update filters or build your own; lets you review killed mail before deleting it; forwards complaints to spammer's ISPs.
The Bad Doesn't filter mail sent through AOL or MSN; occasionally lets some spam through or blocks good mail.
The Bottom Line An effective and easy-to-use tool for fighting spam, McAfee.com SpamKiller 2.90 is a must for anyone whose in-box is overrun by unwanted mail.
McAfee.com SpamKiller 2.90
By Dan Tynan
Originally developed by Novasoft, this five-year-old shareware spam slayer was recently purchased by McAfee.com, which cleaned up a few bugs. The result? For $39.95, you get a veteran spam buster that boasts thousands of built-in and customizable filters for ridding your PC of unwanted e-mail. If you receive only a few pieces of spam a day, just delete the pesky messages by hand. Otherwise, download McAfee.com SpamKiller posthaste.
SpamKiller's premise is simple: before you check your e-mail, SpamKiller fetches messages from the mail server, then filters them based on your restrictions and its built-in rules. Suspected spam ends up in your Killed Mail folder, where you can review it before deleting it; good mail goes to your SpamKiller in-box. Once you've cleansed the mail of spam, just launch your e-mail client and download only the leftover mail.
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