Pegasus Mail

Version: 2.55 (Win16) Nov 24 1997Cost: Freeware

Using Version 2.55 for Windows 3.1. A very nice POP client. I like that it can assume that you are not normally connected to the internet and will load without winsock. This way I normally compose replies and then dial when I want to deliver the email. It has all the usual stuff like address books, mailing lists, easy use of folders, MIME support etc.

The filtering facilities of Pegasus are really neat. Because I have posted to a few newsgroups my email address is on a lot of SPAM lists. I have written some Pegasus mail filters to filter the SPAM out. So far using the following rules I filter almost all SPAM successfully.

Pegasus SPAM Filtering

The basic assumption is that the majority of SPAM is forged so will not be directly addressed to you. The SPAMMers try to hide their tracks by forging anything and everything in the mail header. By forging the from address and bouncing off several mailers, and using the BCC: line SPAMMers try to hide their tracks.

By filtering my incoming mailbox against addresses that I am expecting, and then moving everything that is left to a possible SPAM folder I don't get to see all that horrible SPAM.

I found that the online help for the filtering functions was pretty cryptic so hopefully the following will help you setup your own filters easily. Take the following Menu Tree, where you will be given the filter edit screen.

Tools -> Mail Filtering Rules -> Edit New Mail Filtering Rules -> Rules
Applied when mailbox is Opened
Now you will need to enter each rule one at a time. You want to end up with something like the following table. Each line represents a filter command that is executed, in order. Each time you enter a filter rule, a one line summary will appear in this table.

CTpascoedjCopy to Incoming Filtered Folder
CT@listbox.comCopy to Incoming Filtered Folder
CT@joker.orgCopy to Incoming Filtered Folder
F Toperasoftware.comCopy to Incoming Filtered Folder to Incoming Filtered Folder
AlwaysCopy to Possible SPAM Folder
(End of List)

Once you get used to using the filter edit screen everything will be fine. Things to note: the search strings don't need to include * unless you want to capture text between 2 strings. CT means select the CC: or To: fields. F T means From: or To: The first rules look for messages that are probably not SPAM because they have a proper To: line containing my email address, or are addressed to mailing lists that I am on. If these rules match, then the message is copied to a filtered incoming folder. So for the first rules, select "Copy to Folder" as the operation to perform when the pattern matches.

Once a message has been deleted or moved, the filtering process stops for that message. The last command is to copy all messages not already moved to a "Possible SPAM" folder. Here you can from time to time check to see if you have configured all mailing lists that you are on, and delete all those messages offering $5,000 every day of your life. When you are confident that you have caught everything that you want, you can change the final rule to delete everything left, hopefully just that unwanted SPAM.

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