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Configuring Your Email Client
Outlook Express Configuration


Note: Outlook Express 4 users along with Outlook Express users who want to access Hotmail accounts will need to manually set up their account. To configure your account, please follow the step-by-step instructions under Changing Settings in Outlook Express below.

There are two steps to get Outlook Express running properly with Mailshell Anti-Spam:

  1. For each Outlook Express POP email account you want filtered by Mailshell Anti-Spam, edit its account settings in Outlook Express.
  2. If you want to move or delete your junk mail, create a filtering rule in Outlook Express.

Changing Settings in Outlook Express

These step-by-step instructions will show you how to configure Outlook Express for Mailshell Anti-Spam Universal.

Step 1

Choose Tools > Accounts from the main menu.

Step 2

Under the Mail tab, select the account you wish to filter.

Click the Properties button.

Step 3

Select the Servers tab.

You should see something like:

Write down your current values for "Incoming mail (POP3)" and "Account name". You can always restore these original values if you don't want Mailshell Anti-Spam to filter this account any longer. In the above example, the "Incoming mail (POP3)" is "" and the "Account name" is "jane".

Please note: If the "Incoming mail (POP3)" server is another program running on your computer such as:

  • localhost
  • web2pop

Then you need to refer to the manual for that program to connect to Mailshell Anti-Spam.

Otherwise, make the following two changes:

  1. Account name: enter the "#" character after your username, followed by your incoming mail server (POP3) information (in the example, this is given as ""). Note: Hotmail users should use "". Currently, only the Hotmail Inbox folder is retrieved. MSN users should use "".
  2. Incoming mail (POP3): replace your existing mail server name with "localhost".

The screen should now look like:

Click the OK button.

You've now configured Outlook Express to retrieve mail from Mailshell Anti-Spam Universal. Repeat for each POP email account you want Mailshell Anti-Spam to filter.

Let's continue by creating an Outlook Express rule to process the junk mail you receive.

Creating an Outlook Express Rule

Please note: The filtering rule assumes that you have already configured Mailshell Anti-Spam Universal to "Enable Subject Modification".

Step 1

Choose Tools > Message Rules > Mail.

Click the New button if you already have a list of existing rules; otherwise, a New Mail Rule dialog window will automatically appear.

Step 2

In the New Mail Rule dialog, select the "Where the Subject line contains specific words" condition and the "Move it to the specified folder" action.

Under Rule Description, click the "contains specific words" link.

Please Note: If you choose the following Actions "Do not Download it from the server" or "Delete it from server", Mailshell Anti-Spam Universal will ignore these actions.

Step 3

A Type Specific Words dialog window will appear.

Enter [spamcatcher] and click the Add button, then click OK.

Step 4

Now click the "specified" link under Rule Description.

A Move dialog window will appear.

You'll want to create a new folder to move your junk mail to. To do so, click the New Folder button, and enter a name (e.g. SpamCatcher). Click OK. This new folder should now be listed in the Move dialog. Click OK.

You can also specify 'SpamCatcher' as your rule name in step 4.

Like the screenshot below, the Rule Description should now read

    Apply this rule after the message arrives
    Where the Subject line contains '[spamcatcher]'
    Move it to the SpamCatcher folder

Click OK.

Congratulations! Outlook Express is now configured for Mailshell Anti-Spam Universal.

Please note:

  1. Be sure to read the instructions carefully, much of the information given is for example purposes only. If you enter the example information, Outlook Express will not be configured correctly.

  2. If you do not use port 110 to connect to your POP server, you will need to make two additional changes:
    1. Append ":port number" to your account name, e.g. ""
    2. Change your port number in the Advanced tab to "110" to match the proxy listening port.

  3. We do not support secure connection (SSL). Be sure the setting for "Incoming mail (POP3): This server requires a secure connection (SSL)" under the Advanced tab is unchecked.

    Mailshell Anti-Spam Universal, however, will support SSL if the Outlook Express plugin is used. Additionally, if you have Outlook, our Mailshell Anti-Spam Desktop Outlook Edition supports SSL.

  4. If your SMTP server requires SMTP Authentication and the settings are the same as your incoming mail server, you will need to change the following:
      Choose Tools > Accounts.
      Select account and click on Properties. Click on the Servers tab.
      Under "Outgoing Mail Server" click on Settings.
      Click on Log on using and enter Account name and Password.
      Click OK.