"Gary VanderMolen" <gary@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> "Ildhund" <jnllb@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>> "JIP" <fred@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>>> "Ildhund" <jnllb@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>>>> "JIP" <fred@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>>>>> Hi does anyone know which company MS is using for the spam filter in
>>> Hmmmm - just looked at that link - it suggests that Smartscreen may be
>>> deleting emails that it is sure is spam - but doesn't offer any way for
>>> me to vet this. Am I right?
>> I don't know about the last bit, but the answer to the first is no - the
>> junk filter in WLMail doesn't delete anything, unless you have
>> "Permanently delete suspected junk mail..." selected at Tools > Safety
>> options > Options. Suspected junk gets moved to a Junk e-mail folder.
>> Hotmail-type accounts also have junk filtering, as do many others, and
>> these will all need configuring at the other end to avoid loss of
>> legitimate messages.
> Like "JIP", I got the impression that part of SmartScreen runs at the
> level and deletes known spam before sending remaining mail on to the
> user's mailbox on the server. This would happen before any user-selected
> spam rules operate.
You've lost me there, Gary. How can a utility - a junk filter designed by
Microsoft Research - installed on my computer operate "at the server level"?
The server concerned might be my own, or Yahoo's, or my ISP's. Sure, it
operates on the Hotmail servers, where I can configure it to a certain
extent, and possibly on others that may have licensed it from MS in a more
or less user-configurable version, but the idea that this might be
preventing legitimate mail addressed to me from reaching me is unthinkable.
Exchange Server is a different kettle of fish, but even there, it's the
server admin that decides what to do with spam, not some insidious MS "we
know what's good for you" nanny program. SmartScreen - as I understand it -
does only what lots of other programs do - identifies and flags suspect mail
so that the user can decide what to do with it.