The Bottom Line
- SpamArrow filters spam solidly using SpamAssassin
- Integrating well with Outlook Express, SpamArrow is easy to use and works seamlessly
- SpamArrow requires no configuration, but training the filter is easy
- SpamArrow can catch a few good messages out of the box, misses some spam
- You can't set any SpamAssassin options or just configure the filter sensitivity in SpamArrow
- Filtering mail with SpamArrow can be a tad slow and only works for POP accounts
- SpamArrow filters spam in Outlook Express.
- New mail in POP accounts is automatically filtered by SpamArrow, and you can scan folders manually.
- Spam found by SpamArrow is moved to a special folder.
- Good mail found in the SpamArrow folder can be recovered with a toolbar button.
- This also trains the Bayesian component of SpamAssassin, SpamArrow's filtering engine.
- In addition, SpamArrow can be trained with a folder containing either only good or only bad mail.
- SpamArrow supports Windows 98/ME/2000/3/XP and Outlook Express 6.
Guide Review - SpamArrow 1.2 - Outlook Express Spam Filter
SpamArrow is particularly simple and especially well integrated with Outlook Express. The junk mail detected by SpamArrow is moved to a special folder but not otherwise changed. Should a good message make it to the "SpamArrow" folder (and initially, this can happen), a click on the "Good Mail" button restores the message to your Inbox. Conveniently, this also trains the Bayesian component of SpamAssassin, the open source filtering engine used by SpamArrow, preventing all future mail that looks similar from being misjudged as spam. Of course, marking spam in your Outlook Express Inbox is just as easy.
While SpamArrow automatically filters all mail in POP accounts and while you can manually scan any local folder for spam, it does not work with IMAP account. It would also be nice, at least initially, if the filter sensitivity could be configured.