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SpamSieve for Mac

By C-Command Software Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Oct 1, 2014

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.9.39

  • Made various changes to improve SpamSieve's filtering accuracy.
  • When you select spam messages in Apple Mail, the message list text is more readable through a variety of highlight colors.
  • Added the Processing Messages Before SpamSieve and Setting Up Airmail 1-3 sections of the manual.
  • Worked around a change in the forthcoming macOS 10.15.4 that could prevent Mail from loading SpamSieve's plug-in if you had relocated your home folder to another volume.

General

Release March 6, 2020
Date Added March 6, 2020
Version 2.9.39

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Catalina
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks
  • OS X Mountain Lion
  • OS X Lion
  • OS X Snow Leopard

Popularity

Total Downloads 11,690
Downloads Last Week 2
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Developer's Description

SpamSieve gives you back your inbox by bringing powerful Bayesian spam filtering to popular e-mail clients. It learns what your spam looks like, so it can block nearly all of it. It looks at your address book and learns what your good messages look like, so it won't confuse them with spam. Other spam filters get worse over time as spammers adapt to their rules; SpamSieve actually gets better over time as you train it with more messages. SpamSieve doesn't delete any messages--it only marks them in your e-mail client--so you'll never lose any mail. SpamSieve works with any number of mail accounts, of whatever types are supported by your e-mail software (e.g. POP, IMAP, Hotmail, AOL). Powerful Bayesian spam filtering results in high accuracy and almost no false positives. It adapts to the mail that you receive to get even better with time. Some other e-mail clients include Bayesian filters, but SpamSieve is more accurate.