Stopping email spam all together is an almost impossible thing in today’s world. However one of the worst (and usually embarrassing) kinds of spam to receive is the “make your penis bigger” email, especially if you are at work, and even worse if it has pictures. Fortunately Outlook and Vista Mail (not Outlook Express) has a nice feature that lets us eliminate this or any other type of type of spam from ever getting to our mailbox.
The steps for Vista Mail and Outlook are similar so I will only include steps for both when there are differences between the two. Also these steps are best done when you still have the spam email that you want to block.
1.Go to Tools
2.In Vista Mail choose “Message Rules” then “Mail”. In Outlook choose “Rules and Alerts.”
3.In Outlook choose “New Rule” then in the “Start from a blank rule” box choose “Check messages when they arrive.” Now push “Next.”
4.From the “Select Conditions” box; in Vista Mail put a checkmark into “Where the Subject Line contains specific words” and another checkmark into “Where the message body contains specific words”; in Outlook put a checkmark into “with specific works in the subject or body.”
5.From the “Rule Description” box; in Vista Mail click on the FIRST blue underlined link “contains specific words”; in Outlook click on the blue underlined link “specific words”.
6.In the top box put in a word that is used in this message that makes it offensive, such as “penis” or “enlargement”, you can also use phrases such as “bigger dick”.
7.Each time you put in a new word or phrase, click on “Add”
8.When you have added all of the words and phrases push “OK”, don’t worry you can add more at a later time.
9.In Vista Mail from the “Rule Description” box; click on the blue underlined link “and” now change it to the second option “Messages match any one of the criteria”; push “OK”. The blue underlined link should change to “or”.
10.In Vista Mail from the “Rule Description” box; click on the SECOND blue underlined link “contains specific words”. Now repeat steps 6 through 8 using the same words as before.
11.In Outlook push “Next”
12.From the “Select Actions” box put a checkmark into “delete it”
13.In Outlook push “Next” then “Next” again
14.In the “Name for this Rule” box name the rule appropriately, such as “penis enlargement SPAM blocker”.
15.In Vista Mail click on “OK” then again on “OK”. In Outlook click on “Finish” then “OK”.
That’s it; from now on any email that contains the words you added earlier will be automatically deleted. If you want to add more words later or delete some go to “Tools” then in Vista Mail go to “Message Rules” then “Mail”; now make sure that the correct rule is selected in the top box and in the “Rule Description” box click on the FIRST blue underlined link “contains…” repeat for the SECOND blue underlined link “contains…” with the same words; in Outlook click on “Rules and Alerts” now make sure that the correct rule is selected in the top box and in the “Rule Description” box click on the blue underlined link.
•Be careful NOT to add generic terms such as “dick” because this will block any email that has the word “dick” in the email, even if this is your boss’s first name. A specific phrase such as “bigger dick” should be ok unless one of your co-workers is complaining and using a phrase such as “Kyle is a bigger dick than Jack” then again your eyes will never see this email.
•This guide will not work if you use Outlook Express
•If the Rules and Alerts option is not available in Outlook, it means that you have not setup an email address for use in Outlook.
•The version of Outlook used in this guide is the one that came with Microsoft Office 2007, if you are using a different version of MS Office then your Outlook may be a bit different, although it will still be close enough for this guide to work for you.