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MailWasher Pro 2010 6.53 Review

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PROS / The app is a highly effective spam filter.

CONS / Users prefer the old version of the software.

 VERDICT / The app is a viable weapon for the fight against spam.

MailWasher Pro 2010 has washed its way up to the top; earning our Top Ten Review Bronze Award in our spam filter software review. The spam blocker is effective and reliable. However, because of its drain on system resources, MailWasher Pro 2010 achieved a lower ranking than our first and second place products SPAMfighter Pro and Cloudmark DesktopOne Pro.

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Established in 2000, FireTrust LLC is the developer of email security products for home users and businesses. The privately held company's headquarters are in Christchurch New Zealand. Their flagship product is the spam filter software MailWasher Pro 2010. The spam blocker has received much attention because of its reliability, simplicity and ease of use.

In 2008, FireTrust made the decision to overhaul the spam filter software MailWasher Pro 2010. The company made this decision because it felt that the spam blocker's code was dated. The rewriting of the spam filter software MailWasher Pro 2010 occurred from the ground up. The company claims that the spam blocker's features are now faster and more flexible.

The new version of MailWasher Pro 2010 has a new user interface, more options and features. Some users of previous versions of the app complain that the spam filter software is now bloated with far too many graphics. They contend that these excessive graphics have significantly slowed the spam filter software's performance.

Moreover, some users feel that because the spam filter software now requires Microsoft's .Net framework the app also drains other vital computer system resources. The overall apparent consensus of past users is that the spam blocker has gone from a lightweight spam filter software to an application that places a heavy load on the computer.

MailWasher Pro 2010 requires the purchase of an annual subscription. This cost includes access to FirstAlert -- a community-based spam blocker database of known spammers owned and operated by FireTrust. The spam filter software will cease to function if the user does not renew the subscription.

In our testing, the spam filter software MailWasher Pro 2010 installed with ease. A well-designed interface was easy to navigate. The spam filter software automatically recognized our existing email client's server settings. After installation, we did note that MailWasher Pro 2010 could be the cause of a slight decrease in overall system performance. However, the degradation was slight and did not interfere with other computer operations.

The spam filter software MailWasher Pro 2010 is a standalone application. The spam blocker does not integrate with the user's email client. Some feel that this lack of integration provides an extra shield against unwanted email messages while others find the separation an annoying inconvenience. However, despite these mixed evaluations, because of MailWasher Pro 2010's standalone status, the app can support a wider range of email clients.

Blocking/Filtering

The spam filter software has several methods of mitigating unwanted spam and bulk email. MailWasher Pro 2010 implements a Bayesian filtering technology. Many refer to this feature as an intelligent filter. The component helps the spam filter software learn the differences between spam and wanted email. The Bayesian filter is surprisingly accurate after the user spends a short time instructing it about their desired preferences.

The spam filter software comes equipped with several additional tools. MailWasher Pro 2010 uses public blacklists to identify spammers. The spam blocker's Friends List contains email addresses and domains that the user frequently contacts. Alternately, email addresses and domains that the user wants no contact with comprise the app's Blacklist. Additional spam blocking and filtering components include auto delete, Origin of Spam Blackholes, FirstAlert community-based filtering and more.

Protection

The spam filter software MailWasher Pro 2010 can protect multiple email accounts with a single installation. HTML email can carry numerous risks. These types of messages can contain scripts that execute when loaded into the user's email client.

The spam blocker allows the user to preview all incoming email on the server before the email client downloads the message. This feature protects the user from spam, unwanted bulk messages, email and attachments that could contain viruses, keyloggers, phishing attacks, worms and other potential malware contaminations.

Rules

The spam filter software MailWasher Pro 2010 comes equipped with a robust set of rules and learning Bayesian filters. Over time, the spam filter software learns to identify the user's email preferences based upon the types of email they receive, read or delete. The spam blocker also allows the user to customize existing rules and create new ones.

Compatibility

 The spam filter software MailWasher Pro 2010 works independently of an email client. The app is compatible with Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Windows Live Mail, Gmail, Hotmail and other POP3 email clients. The spam filter software also supports IMAP and some web-based email services including AOL.

Summary

MailWasher Pro 2010 comes equipped with multiple strategies for the precise filtering and blocking of spam. Rewritten from the ground up in 2010, some users of previous versions complain that the spam blocker is now bloated with graphics and slows the performance of their computer. However, the app remains one of the most robust and reliable spam blockers on the market.

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