Spam is so pervasive that many think the lunch meat was named after the e-mail and not the other way around. Spam's annoying, but viruses are deadly to your PC, and when they come in tandem, it's double trouble. The right tools can help you stay one step ahead of the problem. PCPrivacy's Spam Sweeper can stop spam and kill viruses before they have a chance to enter your system through your e-mail client. Spam Sweeper doesn't download the entire message, just enough to tell what it is, a simple scheme that's quicker than ordinary antivirus software that downloads the whole message. It saves bandwidth, too.
If you've used an aftermarket antivirus, registry cleaner, or similar software, Spam Sweeper's colorful dialog and large icons will have a familiar feel with some unusual touches. For instance, the Log icon depicts a log of wood with a battle ax, and the Help file icon is a patient Buddha figure. A simplified e-mail in-box view and a few other basic controls round out the interface. Spam Sweeper works by comparing your incoming messages to a large spam database and moving likely targets to a special folder. It's easy to use and effective, once you've got it configured to suit your needs.
Spam Sweeper is shareware with a 30-day trial period. It leaves folders behind when it's uninstalled. It's effective for blocking not only spam and viruses but also adult content and the annoying joke and political emails so many well-meaning people like to forward.