If you are looking for a free and easy-to-use spam filter for your favorite e-mail client--look no further. SPAMfighter begins working for you instantly by automatically removing spam and phishing e-mails from your inbox. SPAMfighter is also powered by a community of over 8 million users and allows you to contribute to the war against spam. When several people report the same spam mail, it is automatically blocked for the rest of the SPAMfighter community. SPAMfighter supports Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Live Mail (POP3), and Mozilla Thunderbird. SPAMfighter is 100% free to use for home users.
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"Sloppy implementation, a security hazard"
Version: Spamfighter 7.6.82
Installs easily. Catches slightly more spam than Outlook's built-in filter. Marks both domains and full emails for filtering (except it's buggy).
Serious bugs, arrogant tech support ("software works as is, we won't be providing bug fixes, no refunds"), confusing interface. Uses system registry to store black/white lists (SECURITY HAZARD). No export option (but you can copy keys from the registry). No phrase filter.
I get a lot of mail - 1,000 per day, of which around 90% is spam. I've tried several spam filters, and I thought spamfighter would be fairly effective and reliable, but I couldn't test it properly with their trial version because it only allows one email account and 5 entries in the white/black lists (I have 20,000 in whitelist and nearly 100,000 in my black list).BTW, I discovered a great free utility that backs up the registry (one click or automatic schedule):
Compared with other spam filters, I did appreciate the fact that spamfighter is fast, it filters in real time - and does a few other things right, like being able to select multiple emails and mark them as spam and add their emails/domains to the black or white lists.
But after a few weeks use (and plenty of training), I noticed that it was no better than loading up Outlook with my very large black and white lists and letting the built-in filter catch new spam as it comes in.
I noticed that spamfighter consistently fails to recognize emails that are obviously spam, no matter how many times I mark them as spam. (I will get the exact same email from another email perhaps, but spamfighter won't recognize it as spam. When I added a domain to the black list, I still consistently got email from that domain in my inbox.) This, despite the fact that I set the filter sensitivity to it's highest setting "Very Hard". I then tried to edit the black and white lists to see what's going on. There's no easy way to modify entries, you have to do it one at a time (not feasible when you have thousands of entries). And I noticed that there were lots of duplicates. The domains that I marked were in the black list, but the emails were still ending up in my inbox.
A few days ago, I tested an email account that I hadn't read for a month, since installing spamfighter. It wasn't a very important or active account. I wanted to see how well spamfighter had "learnt" from all the training I had done with my other emails.
Well, out of 800 emails, it picked up about 400 correctly, 300 spam emails (many of which were already marked in the black list or had the same signatures/characteristics as other emails that I had marked as spam) stayed in my inbox. The other 100 or so were legitimate emails.
So I wrote to technical support. No response.
I tried again. No response.
I sent in several tickets and did eventually get a response to a minor question that I had asked (how to export the black and white lists: by exporting the keys in the registry I was told).
None of the questions about the bugs or the lack of detecting spam was ever answered.
I did get a response from Mihai Roman, I don't know whether he was a technician or not, but he was really rude and arrogant, saying that I should be happy with what I got and there's no need to fix the bugs. I asked for a refund, but he said no because I should have checked with the trial version first. If I made a mistake in buying the software (it's an annual subscription of $30, not a one-off fee, btw) then that's my problem.
I then asked for these issues and concerns to be escalated to the CEO Henrick Sorensen and he replied:
"spamfighter works as intended... if you are not happy with it, then that's your problem... [there's nothing bad about using the registry to store our data]
I have escalated your email to the Recycle Bin."
So - a wasted $30 and month's effort in trying to train the software - plus a potential security hazard of suffering from a corrupt registry (I'm now backing up my registry several times a day, just before accessing my emails) - and I'm looking for another spam-filter solution, or to go back to the built-in filter...
Updated on Nov 27, 2013
I think this is absolutely essential if you decide to continue using spamfighter.