SpamCatcher 2.1h

By Larry Seltzer  |  Posted 2003-02-25 Print this article Print

Mailshell's SpamCatcher adds spam filtering to Outlook 2000 or 2002.

Editors Note: When this review appeared in the print edition of PC Magazine (February 25, 2003), Deersofts SpamAssassin was awarded our Editors Choice. However, as we noted in the SpamAssassin review, Network Associates acquired Deersoft as we were going to press. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to us at the time, Network Associates has decided to pull SpamAssassin Pro from the market. According to Network Associates, SpamAssassins core technology will be integrated into the next release of its other personal anti-spam tool, SpamKiller. Since the primary purpose of our Editors Choice is to provide a buying recommendation for our readers, and since our readers were not able to purchase SpamAssassin during the period that the issue was shipped to subscribers and available on the newsstand, we must rescind the Editors Choice from that product. We hereby award Editors Choice to Mailshells SpamCatcher, which originally received an honorable mention in the story.

Mailshells SpamCatcher adds spam filtering to Outlook 2000 or 2002. It rarely misidentified legitimate mail, but we were disappointed with the amount of spam that still reached our in-box. SpamCatcher integrates well into Outlook and supports any type of server that you can use with the mail program, including Hotmail. Mailshell also provides an Internet-based service for spam filtering, which works with almost any mail client, though we hope Mailshell will release a client-side version that includes support for other popular e-mail clients such as Outlook Express.

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Larry Seltzer has been writing software for and English about computers ever since—,much to his own amazement—,he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

He was one of the authors of NPL and NPL-R, fourth-generation languages for microcomputers by the now-defunct DeskTop Software Corporation. (Larry is sad to find absolutely no hits on any of these +products on Google.) His work at Desktop Software included programming the UCSD p-System, a virtual machine-based operating system with portable binaries that pre-dated Java by more than 10 years.

For several years, he wrote corporate software for Mathematica Policy Research (they're still in business!) and Chase Econometrics (not so lucky) before being forcibly thrown into the consulting market. He bummed around the Philadelphia consulting and contract-programming scenes for a year or two before taking a job at NSTL (National Software Testing Labs) developing product tests and managing contract testing for the computer industry, governments and publication.

In 1991 Larry moved to Massachusetts to become Technical Director of PC Week Labs (now eWeek Labs). He moved within Ziff Davis to New York in 1994 to run testing at Windows Sources. In 1995, he became Technical Director for Internet product testing at PC Magazine and stayed there till 1998.

Since then, he has been writing for numerous other publications, including Fortune Small Business, Windows 2000 Magazine (now Windows and .NET Magazine), ZDNet and Sam Whitmore's Media Survey.

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