SpamSieve for Mac

SpamSieve for Mac


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

Version:
2.9.15
File Size:
13.03MB
Date Added:
June 30, 2014
Price:
Free to try (30 days); $30.00 to buy
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.5/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
6,956
Downloads Last Week:
33
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
  • Apple Mail, Emailer, Eudora, Entourage, GyazMail, Mailsmith, Outlook Express, PowerMail, or Thunderbird
  • Editors' review

    SpamSieve is a powerful, popular spam-filtering app that can help you greatly reduce unwanted e-mails in Mail, Entourage, MailForge, Outlook 2011, and other e-mail clients. Because SpamSieve uses Bayesian filtering (a process that looks at the statistical probability of every word in an e-mail) and you train it using your own e-mail, the app actually becomes more effective over time. It learns not just how to better identify ever-changing spam but also how to zero in on the peculiarities of your own legitimate e-mail (whether that's using the names of your family members or your friends' frequent and obscure references to the "Halo" backstory).

    SpamSieve integrates directly with your e-mail client, which is especially helpful if you use multiple clients or need to move from one client to another. You train SpamSieve using easy "Train as Good" and "Train as Spam" commands (from the menu bar, or with a keyboard shortcut, much like Mail's "Mark as Junk"), although when you initially set up the app, you'll need to make several changes manually in your client's preferences. Fortunately, SpamSieve has a clear and extensive manual, which even includes instruction on how you can use SpamSieve to help filter spam on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. For SpamSieve to be effective at first, you also have to spend a few minutes training it by hand with 100 or more messages. Combined with SpamSieve's price tag, this might be too much involvement for casual users, but for anyone who deals with a lot of spam despite their client and ISP's built-in filtering, it can be time and money well-spent.

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    • All Versions:

      4.6

      out of 146 votes

      • 5 star: 113
      • 4 star: 18
      • 3 star: 6
      • 2 star: 3
      • 1 star: 6
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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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