Best Free Spam Filter for the Average User

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Introduction

Email spam pertains to unsolicited commercial messages sent in bulk by people you don't know, such as those in marketing, advertising, really any one with a direct monetary gain to be had by sending spam.

The aim of a spam filter is to reduce the appearance of junk and spam emails. This makes the inbox cleaner and thus, it is easier to check email. The productivity time savings with the addition of spam filters is significant.

While many spam filter products are readily available, most free spam filters are much too complex to set up and use or in fact, the better products in this class are not free. That said, I have reviewed some free options here that are good and suitable for average users.

If you find no joy with any of these or seek advanced features then have a look at software mentioned in our Best Free Spam Filter for Experienced Users.

 

Rated Products

MailWasher Free  

An email preview utility allows you to check your email on your mail server before download


Our Rating: 
4.5
License: Free (Limited features)
Kill unwanted messages, including spam, viruses and large attachments, flags questionable messages, effective and easy to use.
Some advance features, such as access to multiple accounts, are only available to commercial version.
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SPAMfighter Standard  

A network-based spam-filtering system based on worldwide users to help classify spam mails


Our Rating: 
4
License: Free (Private/Educational use)
Network-based spam-filtering system, spams auto deleted from in-box and placed in a spam mail folder, requires no training, ready to go the minute you install it.
Requires Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail or Mozilla Thunderbird.
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xTerminator  

A spam filter with built-in challenge-response system


Our Rating: 
3
License: Free
Works in much the same way as MailWasher.
User interface is not ideal. No longer supported by the developer.
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