Eliminate Foreign Spam in Outlook Express

Propellerhead Top Tip

In the past few months Propellerhead has noticed an alarming increase in the amount of foreign spam. Most of it seems to be Russian in origin but there are also good few Chinese, Japanese and Korean messages as well. If they’re getting past your Spam filter it’s worth creating an Outlook Express Message Rule to deal with it.

Open one of the emails — make sure you don’t open any attachments or click on any links — and look for a foreign language character or symbol that appears several times in the message body, but not one that could be used in an English language email. Highlight it and press Ctrl + C to copy it to the Windows Clipboard. Now go to the OE Tools menu then Message Rules > Mail and click the New button. Tick the Conditions box that says ‘ Where the message body contains specific words’, now go to the Actions box and check ‘Delete it’.

In Box 3 Descriptions click on the underlined ‘Contains specific words’, click into the ‘Type specific word or phrase…’ box and press Ctrl + V to paste the character from the Clipboard. Click the Add button, and then OK to exit the dialogue boxes. You may find that you have to repeat the exercise a couple of times, to include more foreign characters but you should be able to stem the tide quite quickly. There are hundreds more great Windows tweaks like this in the PCTopTips archive.

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