Pop3proxy as a personal spam filter
Pop3proxy is a SpamAssassin-enabled POP3 proxy designed for Win32 users and
written in Perl. It works by having you reset your e-mail client to connect
to this proxy you installed on your client host, and this proxy will in turn
connect to your POP3 server, filter e-mails, mark those that look like SPAM
accordingly, before handing them to your e-mail
- Install Perl. I recommend that you use a short name for the directory,
- Install the Perl module Install Time::HiRes: Open a DOS box, and run
"ppm install Time::HiRes" (without the quotes)
- Download Pop3proxy
- Download and Install SpamAssassin
- Unzip the archive, and copy the contents of lib/ into Perl's site/lib/
directory (eg. C:\PERL\SITE\LIB\)
- Still from the archive, copy the rules/ directory inside C:\POP3PROXY
- copy C:\POP3PROXY\RULES\user_prefs.template C:\POP3PROXY\user_prefs
. user_prefs is the only configuration file you will need to edit to
suit your setup
- (Optional) If you want POP3PROXY to fetch mail from more than one
POP3 server, create a hostmap.txt file, where one port maps to one remote
# Here's the list
110 = mailbox.isp.com:110
818 = mail.another.place.org:110
- On either your desktop, Windows' Startup group, or in the Run section
of the Registry, create the following link to start POP3PROXY: c:\perl\bin\wperl.exe c:\pop3proxy\pop3proxy.pl --host=my.pop3.host
. Unless specified with the "--logfile=" switch, the default logfile
is pop3proxy.log, and is emptied every time Pop3Proxy is restarted
- Launch this shortcut, open a DOS box, run "netstat -an", and
check that an application is listening on TCP 110, the POP3 port. The proxy
is killed by running c:\perl\bin\wperl c:\pop3proxy\pop3proxy\kill_proxy.pl
- Configure your mail Client: If you told Pop3Proxy to only listen on
TCP 110, just configure your e-mail client to use "localhost"
instead of "pop3.isp.com" as your POP3 server.
If you want
Pop3Proxy to fetch mail from more than one POP3 server, append the port
number, eg. localhost:110 for the first POP3 account, localhost:818 for
the second account, etc. Make sure those ports match the information you
put in the hostmap.txt file above...
Can't get Eudora 5.1 to move SPAM into a folder
I created a SPAM folder, and a filter to move any e-mail in the IN box having
the "X-Spam-Flag:" flag set to "yes", but hitting CTRL-J
to filter messages doesn't work.
When creating a new filter using Tools | Filters, make sure you have the
following set: In the Match frame, check Incoming and Manual, set Header to
"X-Spam-Flag:" which should contain "yes", and ignore the
second test. In the Action frame, use "Transfer to", and choose eg.
the SPAM folder. I don't advise you delete what appears to be SPAM, and move
items to a folder in which you should take a quick look every one in a while
to be on the safe side.