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| Network Settings
| Further reading
Quick Start (top)
a copy of SpamFu Proxy.
- Install the software on your machine by double-clicking the
SpamFuProxy_setup.exe file that you downloaded.
- Configure your email client (Outlook, Outlook Express,
- Append a colon, :, and your POP3 server to your username in
your email software's "Account Settings" dialog. i.e. if your
POP3 server is something like "mail.mymailserver.com", and your
username is "firstname.lastname@example.org", then your new username should
- Change your POP3 mail server to "localhost" or "127.0.0.1"
- Add a rule to your email client to detect and appropriately
filter mail that has "**SPAM**" added to the subject line.
Setting up your Email Client
By default, SpamFu Proxy will listen on port 110 of your local
computer. If SpamFu Proxy gives an error message about not being
able to connect on port 110, try closing down all other Spam
For most email programs like Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora and
Thunderbird, you'll need to change 2 settings. The first is the
"Username". SpamFu Proxy expects the username to include a colon, :,
and then the name of your POP3 email server. So, if your username is
"bob", and your POP3 email server is "mailserver.com", then you'll
need to change your username to "bob:mailserver.com". Secondly,
change your POP3 server to "localhost".
Adaptive Learning (top)
In the SpamFu Proxy Configuration window, click the Adaptive
Learning option in the left pane to bring up the Adaptive Learning
configuration panel. Start the Training Wizard. The training wizard
will walk you through the necessary steps to populate your Bayesian
databases that SpamAssassin uses to assess incoming mail. Because of
the wide variety of email clients and their respective mail formats,
SpamFu Proxy does not try and read all different email formats.
Rather, SpamFu Proxy requires any messages to be learned to be in
the Unix MBOX format. SpamFu Proxy can do this conversion for some
clients (Outlook and Outlook Express). Some clients already store
their email in MBOX format (Netscape, Thunderbird, Eudora) . But for
those email clients not directly supported, you will have to figure
out how to do the conversion.
For more information on the details of SpamAssassin's Bayesian
Heuristics, please see the SpamAssassin site. This
document is a good place to start
Network Settings (top)
SpamFu Proxy utilizes SpamAssassin's built-in support for
Internet-based collaborative Spam-fighting networks and communities
to help filter out spam. These tests are best explained by the SpamAssassin
One of the approaches used to identify spam goes like this; if
I see a spam message at 8:30 in the morning, I send a checksum of
that message to an online database of spam. When you get that
message a little later on in the morning, your mail system asks
that online database, "Has anyone reported this as spam?". The
online database can report back "yes", allowing your mail system
to raise the spam score for that message.
has support for three different NetworkTests.
Note that these all require access to their servers through
your firewall, if you have one. Read NetTestFirewallIssues
can be queried via the network, so these are network tests too
-- but they get their own page.
SpamFu Proxy can take advantage of all the above tests except
Further Reading (top)