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Spam service redux

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While it’s not a filtering proxy server, Clean My Mailbox is a service that appears to fill many of the requirements that we asked for in a spam filtering service.

We were unable to try the service due to an incompatibility with our mail server, but the description of the service sounds good. You provide the service with your mail server information, and the service’s anti-spam bot connects to your server every few minutes.

The bot looks at each message on the server and applies a score to each message, similar to SpamAssassin’s method. If a message’s score is too high, the bot places the message in a spam box on the Clean My Mailbox server.

This won’t get you real-time spam filtering, but it should remove a good deal of spam from your inbox.

The service appears to be very new. We sent in a support request to see if they can resolve our mail server incompatability and we received an automatic email response indicating we had been assigned trouble ticket number one. If the problem is resolved, we’ll try the service out and post a full review here.

Clean My Mailbox costs $12 per month and a one week trial is available.

Dave Bitton
July 3, 2002 12:32 PM

If have access to a Linux box, try Spam Assassin. I use it and it works well.

Adam Kalsey
July 3, 2002 12:38 PM

We use SpamAssassin here to filter our own mail, but what I'd like to see is a filtering service that allows anyone to combat spam, without needing to run their own mail server, or juggle complex software. We described what we feel would be an ideal solution to spam filtering for the masses at As you can also see from our review, CleanMyMailbox came close to fulfilling these requirements.

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