How to Wipe Out Spam Email in Your Inbox (2022)

In light of recent events, many of you may be concerned about an onslaught of SPAM email. Here's how to fight back and keep your inbox clean, regardless of what service you use and how you check your mail.

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Most of us have some kind of junk filter, but it's not always effective. We're going to take a look at the best ways to counter spam email attacks in both webmail and desktop email clients. That said, if you're drowning in spam you might want to consider a shift to Gmail, as it has—as far as I've seen—the most effective means of blocking spam that you can get. There are a few ways to migrate your email to Gmail, and if you want to use Google Apps with your own domain name (it's free), Google offers a migration tool to copy your inbox to their servers. We know not everyone loves Google as much as we do, so we're going to go over as many other options as we can, but if you've been thinking about switching to Gmail and you're having serious trouble with spam, now might be a good time to join up.

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If you'd prefer to stick with your current email offering, however, we've got a bunch of stuff that'll help you out. Every option we'll look at it is currently free.

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If your using Gmail (or Google Apps), Yahoo! Mail, or AOL Mail to handle your email, BoxBe is a free service that will help you take control of your inbox. One great feature of BoxBe is Guest List. The way Guest List works is pretty simple: if you receive any email from someone who isn't on the list, they'll be asked to verify that they're human and that they know you. Once they do that, their email will be delivered to your inbox unless you decide to take them off the list. Emails from unverified senders will sit in your Waiting List for review, so you don't have to wait for a sender to approve themselves if you'd prefer.

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To make the Guest List process easier, BoxBe's junk filter is configurable to allow certain types of messages to be auto-approved. It rates junk messages on a scale of 1 to 10 and you can set which ratings will be automatically allowed into your inbox. For example, allowing messages with a junk rating of 3 or lower will increase the likelihood of messages from people you know, who aren't already on your guest list, getting to your inbox without any intervention. You can also automatically block messages with a high junk rating so those messages never even cross your path.

If you don't have Gmail/Google Apps, Yahoo! Mail, or AOL Mail, BoxBe provides a forwarding address so you can still use it with any service you've got.

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Bayesian Filter Plug-ins

If you're not already using a Bayesian spam filter of some kind, you're probably wondering what it is. Here's a quick definition, courtesy of SpamBayes (one of the options we're going to look at):

A form of statistical analysis used (in a form) in Paul Graham's initial "Plan for Spam" approach. Now used as a kind of catch-all term for this class of filters, no doubt horrifying statisticians everywhere.

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Some email apps already use Bayesian filters, but these plug-ins tend to be more accurate thanks to more frequent updates. Here are some of the best free options at your disposal.

SpamBayes

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SpamBayes is a cross-platform, third-party spam filter that works with a bunch of stuff but most simply with Thunderbird, Outlook / Express, and Windows Live Mail. SpamBayes works by classifying messages as spam, ham (that middle ground between spam and normal, such as a newsletter), and unsure. It won't work effectively straight out of the box. SpamBayes will need you to train it, initially, but should grow smarter as you use it. Within some time, it should be detecting and removing your spam email without your assistance.

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JunkMatcher

JunkMatcher is a free, open-source plug-in for Apple Mail that doesn't just implement a bayesian filter, but also checks for spam-like language and IP addresses to see if they're common senders of SPAM. It integrates directly into Apple Mail and allows for a ton of customization.

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Apple Mail blog Hawkwings offers a collection of spam-filtering plug-ins, but JunkMatcher is the only free version among them. Nonetheless, if you're a fan of Apple Mail you may want to keep an eye on that section in case other free options show up in the future.

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Set Up Your Own Filters in Common Desktop Apps and Webmail Apps

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Filters are common in many email clients, from Gmail to Apple Mail, letting you easily bypass certain messages. An easy way to avoid spam email is to make your own custom filter that automatically moves, deletes, or archives the spam so you never see it. If you're using Gmail, here are some great tips and tools for dealing with unwanted email:

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If you're not in Gmail, there are a few ways to set up filters. We'll talk a look at a few popular desktop applications and webmail apps.

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Microsoft Outlook

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Microsoft Outlook has a Rules Wizard that'll let you easily filter email messages based on your own criteria. To get started, select the Tools menu and choose Rules Wizard. A window will pop up with the Rules Wizard and you'll want to click New to make a new rule. The wizard will then provide you with a number of rules you can use and customize as you wish. When you've finished choosing your rules you'll be able to specify what you want to happen with the email. You can move it to different folders, forward it, delete it, etc. Once you've made your choices, just save your filter and you'll be all set. For more in-depth instructions with pictures, go here.

Apple Mail

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Apple Mail makes filtering really easy with Smart Mailboxes. Just create a new smart mailbos (go to Mailbox, then choose New Smart Mailbox) and enter criteria that'll filter out everything you don't want. You can see a few options in the example above. Good things to filter out are senders you know are common spammers, words that often appear in spam email messages, and—if you want to get pretty strict—limit the messages the smart mailbox shows to only people in a particular address book group. This will help you only see the messages you really want to see and avoid the ones you don't. Just be sure to create an email filter that's the opposite of the one that shows no spam. That way you will have easy access to all the other messages you're filtering out so you can go through and look for something that may not have made it past your strict filter.

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Windows Live Mail / Hotmail

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The latest version of Hotmail has quite a few useful settings for combatting spam. If you go into your accounts options you'll find a section called Preventing junk email. In that section you'll have two options: Filters and reporting and Safe and blocked senders. The Filters and reporting option will let you set how tough your spam filter will be on potential spam. The Safe and blocked senders will let you deem particular senders safe and block senders you know to be spammers. Both are helpful in filtering out your junk mail.

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While these settings are helpful, you'll find true filters in the Customize your mail section. Click Automatically sort e-mail into folders to get started. From there, create a new filter and fill out the criteria you want. These filters are pretty simple, however, so you can't get a ton of control. Nonetheless it is a helpful start when it comes to reducing spam that Hotmail can't detect and remove on its own.

Yahoo! Mail

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Yahoo! is pretty proactive in that it offers an easy guide for setting up filters in Yahoo! Mail. Like most webmail apps, you access it through Options. Once you're in Options you just chose Filters and you can start creating a mail filter. Yahoo! Mail lets you add a fair amount of criteria to your filter and specify what to do with the message if any single criterion is matched.

Got any great tips for getting rid of spam email quickly and easily? Let's hear 'em in the comments!

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FAQs

Is it better to delete or block spam emails? ›

The basic rule of thumb is Ignore, Delete and Forget such email. There are no simple ways of stopping such emails. Most people who send them keep changing their email addresses, and it is impossible for the university email system to filter these messages.

How do I remove emails from spam to inbox? ›

Recover Messages from Spam
  1. Find the message you want to move out of Spam.
  2. Open the message (or select the checkbox to the right of it)
  3. Move the message to your Inbox or to a label: Move to your Inbox: Click the. button.
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How do I delete spam emails without opening them? ›

Delete an unopened email using the Edit function

Tap the Edit button in the top right corner. Tap the circle to the left of the email you want to delete. Tap the Move option at the bottom of the screen. Choose the Trash or Bin folder to delete the email.

Why am I suddenly getting lots of spam emails? ›

Spammers buy email addresses from special providers in bulk to add them to their mailing lists. If you've noted a sudden increase in the number of spam emails landing in your account, there's a high chance that your address was part of a list recently sold to one or more scammers.

Why am I getting so much spam all of a sudden 2022? ›

The usual source of a sudden increase in failed login attempts or spam mail received is that the email address was harvested by a hacker who breached a data base on a website where you subscribed to something. That database gets repeatedly sold to other hackers/spammers on the dark web.

Does spam eventually go away? ›

They will only be deleted when you empty the trash folder, which your email service provider will do on a regular basis. Otherwise, don't bother trying to send spam emails back to their source, or retaliate against the sender.

Is it OK to open spam email? ›

The good news is that opening a suspicious email, while not ideal, is relatively harmless. Spam emails only become a serious cyber threat if you've committed any of the following actions: Downloaded any malicious files or email attachments.

Is it safe to unsubscribe from spam emails? ›

Don't ever click the “unsubscribe” option in spam

By clicking the unsubscribe link you are doing exactly what the spammer wants—you are showing your account is valid, that it's active, that you are giving them attention, and that they were able to convince you to click on what is potentially a dangerous link.

How do I get rid of spam emails on my iPhone? ›

Report junk mail
  1. On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, swipe left on the message, tap More, then tap Move to Junk.
  2. On your Mac, select the message and click the Junk button in the Mail toolbar. ...
  3. On iCloud.com, select the message, then click the Flag button and choose Move to Junk.
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How do I stop spam emails on my iPhone? ›

To block emails on iPhone, tap on the sender's name in the Mail app and select Block this Contact. To automatically send blocked emails to trash, change the Blocked Sender Options. The Blocked Sender Options are located in the iPhone Settings app under the Mail heading.

How do I stop spam in Gmail Inbox? ›

Block email from unwanted senders
  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. Open the message.
  3. In the top right, click More .
  4. Click Block [sender].

Why do I get spam emails not addressed to me? ›

You were BCC'ed. The “BCC”, or “blind carbon copy” feature of email, allows email to be sent without displaying the recipient's email address at all. Spammers often use this to hide some or all the actual recipients of a spam email message.

How do spammers get my email address? ›

Spammers and cybercriminals use sophisticated tools to scan the web and harvest email addresses. If you publicly post your email address online, a spammer will find it. Making good guesses… and lots of them. Cybercriminals use tools to generate common user names and pair them with common domains.

Why am I suddenly getting spam emails on my Iphone? ›

This indicates to a spammer that your mailbox is active - and this can attract further unwanted mail. All the spammer has to do is monitor the source that serves the embedded content (such as an image) to determine that the email content, sent to you, has been accessed - thus confirming the mailbox is live.

What does a spam filter do? ›

A spam filter is a program used to detect unsolicited, unwanted and virus-infected emails and prevent those messages from getting to a user's inbox.

Is it safe to unsubscribe from spam emails? ›

Don't ever click the “unsubscribe” option in spam

By clicking the unsubscribe link you are doing exactly what the spammer wants—you are showing your account is valid, that it's active, that you are giving them attention, and that they were able to convince you to click on what is potentially a dangerous link.

How do I permanently block spam in Gmail? ›

Block email from unwanted senders
  1. On your computer, go to Gmail.
  2. Open the message.
  3. In the top right, click More .
  4. Click Block [sender].

How do spammers get your email address? ›

Spammers and cybercriminals use sophisticated tools to scan the web and harvest email addresses. If you publicly post your email address online, a spammer will find it. Making good guesses… and lots of them. Cybercriminals use tools to generate common user names and pair them with common domains.

Is junk mail the same as spam mail? ›

At the core, both spam and junk mail represent messages that clutter the user's inbox. While junk mail often comes from opt-in services, such as from businesses, spam refers to messages that the user did not opt to receive.

Is there a free spam remover? ›

As you can see, Comodo Anti Spam is the Free free spam remover in the market. What differentiates it from the rest is it uses different layers to combat spam.

Is there a totally free spam blocker? ›

SPAMfighter Standard is a free Spam Blocker tool that works for both Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail and Mozilla Thunderbird that automatically and efficiently blocks spam and phishing fraud.

Is there a free email spam blocker? ›

MailWasher is free to use and won't ever expire. It works with Outlook, Outlook Express, Incredimail, Thunderbird, Windows Live Mail, GMail, Hotmail, Yahoo, EM Client and every other email program. Use this powerful spam blocker software to effectively stop email spam.

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