Third Party Spam Filters

PopFile, Spamihiliator, and K9 can all be used as a proxy between PopTrayU and your mail server to do additional spam filtering beyond the capabilities of PopTrayU. Here is information about how to configure these applicaitons:

PopFile

KY Dave’s Guide to Setting up PopTrayU to use PopFile: from http://forum.poptray.org/viewtopic.php?t=3902

I’ve setup PopTray or PopTray U on a PC with Windows Seven 64 bit installed.

I am able to check GMail, Mail.com and POP3 accounts and remove spam using PopTray and PopFile. I’ll give the major details of the setups below for each program.

PopTray(U) Settings

PopTray(U) Settings:

The server name is added to the front of the LOGIN and then separated from the USERNAME by an FORWARD SLASH ( / ). Then the PORT is added and separated by a FORWARD SLASH (/). If you are using SSL then the last thing after the email address is a (/) and “ssl”.

An example would be “pop.poptray.org/995/recent:kydave@poptray.org/ssl”.

The SERVER is always 127.0.0.1.

The port is always set at 110.

No SSL Plugins are needed when using PopTray(U) with PopFile.
Do NOT check the SSL box in PopTray.

PopTray Rules:

I created a RULE for each of my BUCKET LABELS (DELETE, SPAM, READ THIS, PERSONAL).

An example RULE CRITERIA would be SUBJECT, CONTAINS, DELETE – The ACTION would be to DELETE FROM SERVER.

PopFile

Install PopFile. Then in the TASKBAR, RIGHT CLICK the PopFile Icon and then CLICK PopFile UI.

PopFile Settings:

POP3 LISTENING PORT = 110
POP3 host:port:user separator character: /
Show POPFile icon in Windows system tray? YES

I suggest creating at least 4 BUCKETS.
DELETE, SPAM, READ THIS, PERSONAL were the BUCKETS I created.

There is a short learning curve for PopFile, they use the term ‘training’, but I am getting excellent results and the ability of using PopTray with all my email accounts makes the training period spent reclassifying email a small price to pay. There aren’t many more settings in PopFile, but the few that there are will get you going and deleting spam.

Download PopFile -> http://getpopfile.org/download

Spamihilator

KY Dave’s Guide to using PopTrayU with Spamihilator: from http://forum.poptray.org/viewtopic.php?t=3891

I’ve setup PopTray or PopTray U on a PC with Windows Seven 64 bit installed.

I am able to check HotMail, GMail, Mail.com and POP3 accounts and remove spam using PopTray and Spamihilator. I’ll give the major details of the setups below for each program.

PopTray(U) Settings

PopTray(U) account settings are the only thing that must be altered.

The server name is added to the front of the LOGIN and then separated from the USERNAME by an AMPERSIGN ( & ).

An example would be “mail.poptray.org&kydave@poptray.org”.

The SERVER is always 127.0.0.1.

The port is always 110.

No SSL Plugins are needed when using PopTray(U) with Spamihilator.

Spamihilator Settings

General Settings – Check the box for LAUNCH SPAMIHILATOR AT WINDOWS STARTUP

RECYCLE BIN – Check the box for KEEP SPAM MAIL ON SERVER UNTIL I DELETE FROM RECYCLE BIN.

TRAINING AREA – Check the box for PRE-MARK ALL SPAM MAIL.
Check the box for AUTOMATICALLY WHEN TRAINING AREA IS OPENED.

SSL/TLS – Check the box for AUTOMATICALLY ENABLE SSL/TLS IF AVAILABLE.

FILTER PROPERTIES – Check the box for ENABLE PLUGIN FILTERS.

AGGRESSIVENESS – Set to NORMAL.

There is a short learning curve for Spamihilator, they use the term ‘training’, but I am getting excellent results and the ability of using PopTray with all my email accounts makes the training period a small price to pay. There are many more settings in Spamihilator but these will get you going and deleting spam.

Download Spamihilator -> http://www.spamihilator.com/en/download

K9

An oldie but goodie in the Spam filtering world. http://keir.net/k9.html

Instructions on how to set up poptray with K9: http://forum.poptray.org/viewtopic.php?t=2883 The directions are from PopTray 3.2 so they are a little bit out of date, but they should work for the most part, the differences you’ll find are quite trivial like a couple options have moved to different options tabs. Some of the settings they suggest changing (like turning on rule logging) are more preference or for ease of troubleshooting than strictly necessary.

If you want to connect to an account that requires a secure connection like Gmail, things are slightly more complicated. SSL is not a built in feature of K9, you need yet another app to handle the secure connection before K9 processes the mail called Stunnel. See http://www.kristensguide.com/Computers/K9/k9_with_stunnel_gmail.asp

Please see the following discussion thread for further discussion of how to set up K9 to work with PopTrayU: https://sourceforge.net/p/poptrayu/discussion/general/thread/3303fab2/