SpamSieve for Mac

SpamSieve for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 146 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.9.19
  • Total Downloads:
    8,001
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 27, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (30 days); $30.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    14.15MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    21
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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SpamSieve integrates with many different mail programs to provide a more complete service to keep spam messages out of your Inbox. The more you use this program, the more effective it will be for you and the less likely you are to see unwanted messages or to miss those you do want.

Pros

Integration options: This app can integrate with all kinds of mail programs, including Apple Mail, Airmail, Mailsmith, Outlook, and more. You can also use it with Web-based mail services like Gmail, Yahoo, and AOL, and it's compatible with iCloud as well.

Increasing accuracy: Once you have this app installed, it will immediately begin to filter your messages. But if you just sit back and expect it to do its job, you probably won't be too impressed. It works fine without input, but the more feedback you give it, by marking junk messages that wind up in your Inbox as spam and important messages that wind up in your Spam box as reputable, the more you'll get out of the program. Through this feedback, it will become better and better at identifying and sorting your incoming emails until you won't have to worry about losing reputable mail to your Spam box again.

Cons

Complicated setup: Teaching the app what messages you want in your Inbox and which you don't does take some time and effort. And that's not the only investment of time you'll have to make in this program. Just setting the app up is somewhat of a complicated process, even with the detailed instructions.

Bottom Line

SpamSieve works well, and it's a good option to consider, especially if you find a lot of spam messages sneaking into your Inbox. It integrates with so many mail programs, and it does a good job of learning and adapting to your needs. You can try it for free for 30 days with all features active. To continue using it beyond the trial period, you'll have to pay $30 for a full license.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of SpamSieve for Mac 2.9.16.

 
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4 stars

"This spam filter really works"

September 21, 2013  |  By kdanti

 |  Version: SpamSieve 2.9.8

Pros

Once trained spam email that makes to my inbox is very infrequent. Much better than all other spam filters I use. This included spam assassin and apple mail spam filter. It's really nice to have a spam free inbox. Something I haven't had since the invention of spam.

Cons

The $30 cost for a spam filter seems high. If this was a lifetime subscription it might be more acceptable. This cost may make me live with the poorer filters that cost me nothing.

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5 stars

"Best Spam Filtering Program for the Mac"

September 06, 2012  |  By dudemanla

 |  Version: SpamSieve 2.9.4

Pros

I have been using SpamSieve (spam filtering) for several months now after Intego's Anti-Spam stopped being updated for 10.8. I am very happy with this program and works with Mac Mail. The maker of this app is very helpful and responds quickly to questions. Five out of Five mice rating :) I actually enjoy training the messages and watching them disappear. I am a Mac tech here in Los Angeles and without hesitation recommend this to my clients when they tell me they have a spam problem on their Mac.

Cons

None that I found.

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4 stars

"Still testing..."

May 29, 2012  |  By ASONGBIRD

 |  Version: SpamSieve 2.9.1

Pros

Seems to make quick adjustments for accuracy and it seems to work well shunting the junk to the proper folder. Easy to set up with Mac Mail program.

Cons

Hung up this morning, necessitating reboot of computer to solve.

Summary

Still testing; seems to do good sorting job; waiting til test time runs its course to finalize opinion.

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5 stars

"This is an excellent product."

May 15, 2012  |  By Daffie

 |  Version: SpamSieve 2.9.1

Pros

SpamSieve was very easy to install, and from the very start caught all but a few spam messages. If a spam message goes into the "good" mail or vice versa it's very simple to train it to go to the correct place. So far SpamSieve has a 99% correct rate!

I'm very very pleased!

Cons

None so far.

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1 stars

"Not worth the effort and painful to uninstall"

January 11, 2012  |  By noirmouton

 |  Version: SpamSieve 2.8.8

Pros

There are none.

Cons

No gain over Apple's standard junk mail feature and extremely difficult to uninstall.

Summary

Apples junk mail filter is just as good, there's nothing to gain from using Spamsieve. Much worse it's very difficult to delete this program after you've installed it. Right now after deleting everything as suggested by Spamsieve I've got a Spam folder that keeps coming back on Apple's mail client and every single email is going there. I'm going to waste hours of my time trying to fix this piece of junk's installation. Don't buy but even more importantly don't even try.

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5 stars

"Eliminates spam, better than Mail's junk filter"

August 17, 2011  |  By RustyIron

 |  Version: SpamSieve 2.8.6

Pros

Very accurate

Cons

Takes a couple minutes to set up, and you have to read the directions.

Summary

I've been using Spamsieve for years. When upgrading to Lion, I decided to get rid of all superfluous software, which resulted in my deleting Spamsieve and enabling Mail's junk filter. After a couple weeks, I grew tired of all the errors of the built in junk filter, so I reinstalled Spamsieve. I'm looking forward to once again enjoying my email experience without the frustration of dealing with spam.

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5 stars

"I've counted on SpamSieve for years"

July 15, 2011  |  By wmoyes

 |  Version: SpamSieve 2.8.6

Pros

Once you train SpamSieve to recognize what you consider spam, it works seamlessly behind the scenes to keep junk out of your Inbox. Tech support is great if you have questions.

Cons

none......

Summary

I've been using SpamSieve for nearly 10 years. I think it's the best spam filter I've ever used.

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5 stars

"Without a doubt the best spam filter for Mac!"

March 02, 2011  |  By RAKline

 |  Version: SpamSieve 2.8.5

Pros

Continually updated - extremely few false positives and false negatives.

Cons

None I'm aware of.

Summary

Try it and see what you think.

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1 stars

"No difference between my Apple junk mail filter and SS"

March 01, 2011  |  By DarlieBE

 |  Version: SpamSieve 2.8.5

Pros

2.8.3 locked up Apple Mail

Cons

Way too expensive.

Summary

Too complex.

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5 stars

"Works nicely with Mail on 10.6.6"

January 11, 2011  |  By franky3003

 |  Version: SpamSieve 2.8.4

Pros

Excellent Program! Easy to handle (despite of the first setup), very effective!

Cons

The setup is a little bit unituitive. - Would be cool to have 100% automatic setup, at least for Apple's standard email program (you have to manually set up the rules for spamsieve)

Summary

Excellent Program! Easy to handle (despite of the first setup), very effective!

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.9.19
  • Works with Apple Mail under Mac OS X 10.10.2. It's easiest if you update to SpamSieve 2.9.19 before updating to Mac OS X 10.10.2. In any case, if you don't see the SpamSieve commands in Apple Mail's Message menu, be sure to choose Install Apple Mail Plug-In from the SpamSieve menu. Otherwise, with the SpamSieve plug-in not installed, Mail will move good messages to the spam mailbox without consulting SpamSieve.
  • To make future OS updates smoother:
    - You can wait to update Mac OS X until a new version of SpamSieve has been released. The latest compatibility information is always available at the top of the SpamSieve Support page. To prevent Mac OS X from updating itself without asking you, go to the App Store section of System Preferences and make sure that Install OS X updates is unchecked.
    - You can sign up to receive the public beta versions of SpamSieve. Then you will likely already have a compatible version of SpamSieve installed when the OS update first becomes available.
  • Added the Uninstall Apple Mail Plug-In... command in the SpamSieve menu.
  • SpamSieve is now more aggressive about auto-training whitelist rules to prevent false positives.
  • SpamSieve is now 33% faster at reading the corpus and 48% faster at writing it. This improves the launch time and overall application responsiveness.
  • The Apple Mail Train as Good command is better at determining when a message is inside of a junk mailbox with a localized name.
  • The Apple Mail - Remote Training script no longer times out when there are lots of messages in the training mailbox. It also has new options for changing the name of the spam mailbox and for enabling debug logging.
  • The Apple Mail - SaneBox and Apple Mail - Server Junk Mailbox scripts now set the junk status and color for spam messages.
  • Added the following sections to the manual:
    - Checking the GyazMail Setup
    - Separate Spam Folders for Each Outlook Account
    - What can I do if the corpus file is damaged?
    - What can I do if the statistics database is damaged?
  • Improved the following sections of the manual:
    - iPhone Spam Filtering
    - Installing SpamSieve
    - Setting Up Outlook 15
    - Updating From a Previous Version
  • Added improved instructions for installing and running supplemental AppleScripts.
  • If Outlook reports an error when creating the Uncertain Junk category, SpamSieve now explains how you can create it manually.
  • SpamSieve can now log the contents of the LaunchAgents folder if there is a problem.
  • When the SpamSieve application is damaged and needs to be reinstalled, it now links to some more extensive online instructions for doing so.
  • Improved the error reporting when SpamSieve's log file can't be written to.
  • If there's an error removing the old copy of the Apple Mail plug-in and fixing the file permissions/ownership doesn't help, SpamSieve now instructs you how to remove the file manually.
  • Improved the text in the Welcome window. Also, the window is now shown later in the launch process so that the referenced Help menu is available.
  • The About SpamSieve window now uses the new system font on Mac OS X 10.10.
  • The About SpamSieve window now uses the system language names when crediting localizers, to reduce the number of strings that localizers need to keep up-to-date.
  • Increased the font size in the Software Update... window on Mac OS X 10.10.
  • Added the ShowResetAlert user default to show the corpus/history reset window if the user can't hold down the proper modifier keys.
  • Added QuitMailWhenMacSleeps to the esoteric preferences. This quits Mail when the Mac sleeps and relaunches it when the Mac wakes. This works around an OS bug that can cause messages not to be moved to the Spam mailbox if Mail received them right after the Mac woke from sleep.
  • Worked around a string encoding bug in Mac OS X 10.10.
  • Fixed a bug where the Apple Mail plug-in would cause unnecessary messages about LSUIElement and the sandbox to be logged to Console.
  • Fixed a bug where a change in system font metrics caused some text in the Preferences and Statistics windows to be truncated.
  • Fixed spurious log messages from SpamSieveHelper when running on Mac OS X 10.10.
  • Added defensive check to prevent trying to fix the ownership of certain folders.
  • Fixed a bug where toolbar buttons in the rules and corpus windows were always enabled when running on Mac OS X 10.10.
  • Worked around an OS bug that prevented bookmark files from being resolved.
  • Worked around an OS bug that could cause SpamSieve's log file to be created in the wrong location.
  • Updated the German and Spanish localizations.
General
Publisher C-Command Software
Publisher web site http://c-command.com
Release Date January 27, 2015
Date Added January 27, 2015
Version 2.9.19
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory E-mail Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.6
Additional Requirements
  • Apple Mail, Emailer, Eudora, Entourage, GyazMail, Mailsmith, Outlook Express, PowerMail, or Thunderbird
  • Download Information
    File Size 14.15MB
    File Name SpamSieve-2.9.19.dmg
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 8,001
    Downloads Last Week 21
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations 30 days
    Price $30

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