iHateSpam Worth Installation Woes

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2002-12-09 Print this article Print

While trolling through anti-spam e-mail filters, I came across iHateSpam, from Sunbelt Software, and decided to look.

While trolling through anti-spam e-mail filters, I came across iHateSpam, from Sunbelt Software, and decided to look.

In tests, I found that installing iHateSpam is like going to an aerobics class for the first time: awkward and painful. But the results (as in aerobics) are worth the effort.

The hard part was that the thorough wizard for the Microsoft Outlook version of the product that I installed went through all my mail, contacts and appointments looking for potential "friends" who should not be blocked.

To its credit, the product asked me to identify the files I wanted it to look through, but as an analyst, I communicate with a few more people than the average bear, so it took a lo-o-o-ng time for the product to collect names.

Then I had to check which people were really my friends. This was a good thing—the process took me on a long trip down memory lane, and it was with a great deal of satisfaction that I put 76h323378@vole.com on my "enemies" list, along with a motley crew of similarly spamish scoundrels.

I did run into a couple of problems, however. iHateSpam has no manners, and any window the product opens is al- ways on top, even after focus shifts to another window. The first time I tried to use the product after installation, it locked up my Outlook client. After I rebooted my system, iHateSpam worked without a hitch.

For more information, Sunbelt can be reached at www.sunbelt-software.com.

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.

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