Some of the best and most personal ways of deleting and diverting junk e-mail is with a junk e-mail scanner. Junk e-mail scanners can range in size from being designed for business networks to personal computers. This information will focus on the junk e-mail scanners that are just made for personal computers. The most common and best working spam scanners are Mozilla, which is free (the link to download it is below), and Microsoft’s Outlook e-mail program that comes with the Microsoft Office Suite, also containing Word, PowerPoint and Excel, and is on many computers everywhere.

These two programs can be trained to recognize what the user considers spam and which e-mail addresses should always be accepted as non-junk. The programs work by scanning incoming e-mail and moving items that are marked as spam into a junk e-mail folder to be looked at before deletion. If good e-mails are sorted into that junk e-mail folder then the e-mail can be marked as “Not Junk”, moved back into the inbox, and will not be caught as spam again. These work really well as long as the user does not constantly mark questionable e-mails as being valid because the program can become more easily fooled by spam and therefore let more invalid e-mails through. The best thing to do if you like some advertisements is to keep your e-mail likes and dislikes steady so the program can learn what you want to receive.

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