Mail & Spam

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Oldmanmac, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. Oldmanmac macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2012
    I am receiving emails from heart disease to ink cartridges, and all points in between. Is there a way to filter this crap out?

    Mail will have a little banner saying 'it thinks it's junk', but that's about all.

    I feel like if I respond to the 'unsubscribe' button that that will unleash massive amounts of more of the same……

    What do you guys do?
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    I gather that you have never taken Mail's Junk Mail filter out of training mode:
    1. In Mail/Preferences..., before sure to check Enable junk mail filtering.
    2. Check Move it to the Junk mailbox (Automatic).
    3. Having done this, you should regularly check the Junk mail mailbox. Unflag any false positives.
    4. Continue to flag Junk that eludes the Junk mail filter.
  3. Pndrgnsvc macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2008
    Georgetown, Texas

    I am a most satisfied user of SpamSieve Only rarely do I get false positives and tech support is excellent.

    That app, uses a Bayesian algorithm plus some other magic to determine which incoming emails are spam, and then consigns them to the Spam folder. It even color-codes them according to how "spammy" they appear to be.

    But the contents of the Spam folder still must be manually sent to the trash. Ergo, my choices: 1) individually dragging the emails to the trash, or 2) “selecting all” and dragging them to the trash.

    Fortunately, SpamSieve also makes a Script that deletes the contents of the Spam folder. And that works as designed. But, it requires one to 1) launch the script and then 2) click on the Run button. Not a big deal, but I was wondering if I could streamline the process even further by adding a keyboard shortcut to the process. And voilà, Shortcuts to the rescue. Now, the contents of my Spam folder are deleted with a (user-defined) shortcut.

    In sum:
    1. SpamSieve identifies and sends spam to the Spam folder
    2. I review and confirm that the contents are all spam
    3. I execute the shortcut activating the Delete Script and poof, the spam is gone!

    FWIW: I was hoping that I would merely have to install the app and then the magic happens. Not quite. There is some set up required, but take it slowly, step-by-step, and the benefits are worth the effort. In addition to the great tech support (usually same day), there is a developer monitored forum.
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Are you using iCloud for mail? If so, forward the spam as an attachment to and Apple will use the info to tune up their spam filters and it will get better.
  5. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Use a service to filter prior to the mail server. Manually filtering spam is just an exercise in frustration IMO.

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