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To have all the messages marked with Dr.Web spam filter automatically moved to a specific folder — let's call it Spam, for example, — follow the below steps:

  1. Right-click on the Dr.Web icon in the notifications area and select SpIDer Mail–>Settings. Go to the Anti-spam tab, and check the box next to Add a prefix to the Subject field of e-mails containing spam. In the field below, enter any word or letter combination you like — that's what will be a prefix Dr.Web spam filter will add to the subjects of messages specified to be a spam.
  2. In your e-mail client, create a folder for spam filtering and configure rule for it so that messages having a prefix you have entered to the Add a prefix to the Subject field of e-mails containing spam be placed into it automatically.

Below are detailed steps on how to set up rules for various e-mail clients. It is assumed that the Anti-spam is configured to mark an incoming spam with the [SPAM] prefix. If you chose an alternative prefix, use it in accordance with this manual...

Microsoft Outlook Express 6

  1. Create a new folder into which spam will be moved:
    • right-click on the account name, and in the context menu select "New Folder...";
    • enter the Spam folder name, and click "OK".
  2. Set a filter rule for messages marked as spam:
    • in the menu, select "Tools" - "Rules for messages" - "Mail ...";
    • in the first list, check the "Search for messages containing specific words in the "Subject" field;
    • in the second list, check the "Move to a specified folder";
    • in the "Rule description", click on the "containing specific words";
    • enter the [SPAM] key word, and press "Add", then "OK";
    • in the "Rule description", click on the "specified";
    • select the "Spam" folder created in step 1, and press "OK";
    • in the "Rule name", type "Spam filtering", and press "OK" twice.

Microsoft Office Outlook 2003:

  1. Create a new folder into which spam will be moved:
    • right-click on the account name, and in the context menu select "New Folder...";
    • enter the Spam folder name, and click "OK".
  2. Set a filter rule for messages marked as spam:
    • in the menu, select "Service" - "Rules and alerts...";
    • Go to the "E-mail rules" tab;
    • click on "New...";
    • select "Create a new rule";
    • in Step 1, select the "Check messages upon receipt", then click "Next";
    • in Step 1, select "containing in the "Subject" field;
    • in Step 2, click on "";
    • in the upper field, enter [SPAM], and press "Add", then "OK" and "Next";
    • in Step 1, select "move them to the folder";
    • in Step 2, click on "";
    • select the "Spam" folder created in step 1, and press "OK", then "Next" twice;
    • in Step 1, specify the "Spam Filtering" rule name, and click "Finish", then "OK".

Microsoft Office Outlook 2007:

  1. Create a new folder into which spam will be moved:
    • right-click on the account name, and in the context menu select "New Folder...";
    • enter the "Spam" folder name, then in the "Folder content" list, select "elements such as Mail"; in the "Place folder into..." tree, choose a location where the "Spam" folder will be stored.
  2. Set a filter rule for messages marked as spam:
    • in the menu, select "Service" - "Rules and alerts...";
    • Go to the "E-mail rules" tab;
    • click on "New...";
    • select "Move all messages containing specific words in the subject field to folder", and click "Next";
    • in Step 1, select "containing in the "Subject" field";
    • in Step 2, click on "";
    • in the upper field, enter [SPAM], and press "Add", then "OK" and "Next";
    • in Step 1, select "move them to the folder";
    • in Step 2, click on "";
    • select the "Spam" folder created in step 1, and press "OK", then "Next" twice;
    • in Step 1, specify the "Spam Filtering" rule name, and click "Finish", then "OK".

Windows Mail 6 (Windows Vista):

  1. Create a new folder into which spam will be moved:
    • right-click on the account name, and in the context menu select "New Folder...";
    • enter the "Spam" folder name; in the "Select the folder in which a new folder will be created" tree, select a location where the "Spam" folder wil be stored.
  2. Set a filter rule for messages marked as spam:
    • in the menu, select "Service" - "Message rules " - "Mail...";
    • click on "New...";
    • in the "1. Select conditions for this rule" list , flag the "Search for messages containing specific words in the "Subject" field";
    • in the "2. Select actions for this rule" list, flag the "Move to the specified folder";
    • in the "3. Rule Description" field, click on "containing specific words";
    • in the "Enter the keywords" dialog box, type [SPAM] in the "Enter keywords or sentence and click" Add"" field, press "Add", then "OK";
    • in the "3. Rule Description" field, click on "specified";
    • in the next "Move" window, select the "Spam" folder created in step 1, and press "OK";
    • in the "4. Rule name" field, type "Spam Filtering" and click "OK" twice.

Ritlabs The Bat! 4

  1. Create a new folder into which spam will be moved:
    • right-click on the account name, and in the context menu select "New" - "New Folder...";
    • enter the Spam folder name, and click "OK".
  2. Set a filter rule for messages marked by anti-spam as spam:
    • right-click on the account name, and in the context menu select "Inbox Assistant settings...";
    • right-click on the "Incoming mail", and in the context menu, select "New rule";
    • in the "Name" field, enter "Spam filter";
    • click on "Sender" and choose the "Subject" line from the drop-down list;
    • enter [SPAM] into the field after the word "containing"
    • under the "Actions" list, click "Add";
    • in the drop-down list, select the "Move message to folder";
    • in the folder tree, select the "Spam" folder created in step 1, and click "OK" twice.

Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0

  1. Create a new folder into which spam will be moved:
    • right-click on the account name, and in the context menu select "New Folder...";
    • enter the Spam folder name, and click "OK".
  2. Set a filter rule for messages marked by anti-spam as spam:
    • select the account name in the tree of accounts and folders;
    • in the menu, select "Tools" - "Message Filters...";
    • press "Create...";
    • in the "Filter name" field, enter "Spam filter";
    • in the list below, sequentially select "Subject", then "contains" from the drop-down lists; in the right-hand field, enter [SPAM];
    • from the drop-down lists in the list far below, sequentially select "Move message to...", and in the next box, select the "Spam" folder created in step 1, then press "OK";
    • close the "Message filters" window.
  • To make it short, let’s apply “spam” name to all unsolicited e-mails. The bulk of it comprises advertisements offering different goods and services.
  • The most dangerous among spam messages are phishing, pharming and scamming ones. Nigerian scams, lottery and casino scams, fraudulent messages from banks and credit organizations are characteristic of them.
  • Next come black political and economic PR scams and the so-called “letters of happiness”.
  • There is also a technical spam, or bounce messages, generated by mail servers in reply to undelivered message, whether you did send one or not. Such e-mails might emerge as a result of mail server poor work or virus activity, of some e-mail worm, for instance.

Incoming mail filtering is processed by SpIDer Mail, one of Dr.Web modules. The following steps describe how to activate the spam filter:

  • In SpIDer Mail menu on the Windows Task Panel choose “Settings” – the SpIDer Mail “Settings” window will appear.
  • In the “Scan” pane of the SpIDer Mail “Settings” window enable the “Check for the spam” checkbox and press OK to save the changes made; then close SpIDer Mail “Settings” window.

After you’ve activated your spam filter, SpIDer Mail with Vade Retro anti-spam engine integrated into it starts filtering all your incoming mail on POP3 and IMAP4 protocols.

To move automatically all messages marked as spam by Dr.Web Anti-spam into definite mail folder in your mail client, do the following.

  1. In SpIDer Mail menu on the Windows Task Panel choose “Settings” – the SpIDer Mail “Settings” window will appear. Press the “Advanced…” button. The “SpIDer Mail® Spam Settings” window will open. Check the “Add prefix to the subjects of the spam messages” box. Input any word or combination of symbols in the field below it. This will be the prefix Dr.Web Anti-spam will add to subjects of messages marked as spam.
  2. In the mail client you use, make a new folder for spam. Make the rule for this folder so that all the spam messages with the prefix you specified in the “Add prefix to the subjects of the spam messages” filed are placed there automatically.

Whitelists and Blacklists contain mail addresses you either trust or not.

  • If the sender’s e-mail address is added to the Whitelist, these messages are not filtered. However, if the sender and the receiver share the same domain name e-mail addresses and this domain name is enlisted in the Whitelist with the “*” symbol, it is filtered for spam.
  • All messages enlisted in Blacklist are marked as spam without additional analysis.

Both lists settings should be fill in one after another, parted by “;”. The “*” sign can be used as a part of e-mail address. For example, *@domain.org passes for all addresses with “domain.org” domain name.

In case some messages are falsely filtered, they should be forwarded as attachments to special addresses for analysis and correction of spam-filtering techniques.

  • Messages, falsely marked as spam , should be forwarded as attachments to vrnonspam@drweb.com
  • Messages, falsely marked as non-spam , should be forwarded as attachments to vrspam@drweb.com.

At first all spam messages were of Latin origin and spam-filters’ developers, represented for the most part by Western companies, were aimed at filtering these ones only. Later on spammers switched into Cyrillic, too. But since the bulk of spam is still in Latin, there are some difficulties to filter Cyrillic spam.

To save your Cyrillic correspondence from being filtered as spam without a prior analysis, check the “Allow Cyrillic texts” box. Otherwise such e-mails are likely to be marked as spam. “Allow Chinese, Japanese, Korean text” option works the same way.

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