View Full Version : hotmail junk

05-01-2003, 01:49 PM
I have opened a hotmailaddress which I use only for msn messenger I am recieving heaps of very crude messages in my inbox. I delete these and have never oppened any.
How can I stop them coming to me--any easy answers???

05-01-2003, 02:49 PM
for a start go to options in hotmail. this has a section on mail handling. it's not really very good at blocking bad stuff but it's a start. try some of these and see how you get on. there are much more sophisticated blockers around.

05-01-2003, 03:51 PM
Junk/Spam mail seems to be the #One complaint that people have with Hotmail. Its a free email, so If you are just using it for messenger, and not to get emails from friends, I would just delete all the mail that goes in there.

Out of interest, when you signed up for Hotmail, did you tick all the options for getting emails and information from "trusted" partners?

Susan B
05-01-2003, 04:39 PM
Unfortunately you will never stop them all but a good deal of them can be automatically shunted into the trash can with the Junk Mail Filter in Hotmail's Options. Have a look in this Options section and set it up how you want it.

You might also want to have a look in the "Your Information" options to make sure there are no ticks to list you in the Member Directory or to receive newsletters and other such rubbish.

05-01-2003, 04:48 PM
Just do what I do and tell everyone that asks what your hotmail address is so they send all there junk, then don't even check them, just delete them. Tell your friends what your real address is. Don't waste any time trying to block them. Make sure to empty it at least once a month to keep it active.

05-01-2003, 04:52 PM
Actually, you don't need a hotmail address to run messenger, just a passport. They do try to steer you towards a hotmail account, but I have two passports with my Paradise email address's for messenger contacts. In all I had 4 messenger passports, two hotmail accounts but one was deactivated cos I forgot to clear it inside a month.

05-01-2003, 05:09 PM
Thanks Rugila
Your answer was the easiest for me to follow ( as i`m a new kid in this computer game ) I went into options in hotmail and put in selected addresses that I want coming through. I only opened this hotmail address yesterday and was shocked to have 9 vulgar messages waiting for me today

05-01-2003, 08:34 PM
try out some of the filters, they are quite useful, they automatically send some mails to the trash, but first you have to specify which type of mail go in the trash. i don't know exactly which filter but if you search on the net there should be some free downloads. it is a bit complicated so if you don't set it up properly you might send on from your manager to the trash.

I get those annoying disgusting mails as well, porns and adds. I don't usually bother with a filter, I just clear my inbox every few days or so.

Or try using another server, like yahoo or something.

hope that came useful.

05-01-2003, 09:15 PM
Its a waste of time using the filter from the options menu I have typed in key words in the subject line. But it doesnt work it just a hotmail sham.
You still get the same spam every day hotmail dont care. I would love to trace the originator of this spam and tell them a few things like @#$%^&*)

05-01-2003, 09:20 PM
easy solution: don't create a hotmail account. go with yahoo. some strange stuff has been going on with them however.

my old account: 6 megs space, gets lots of spam (most is filtered to bulk mail) and has the old interface.

new account: 4 megs space, only gotten i think 2 items of advertising since i made it about 4 months ago, and has a new better interface.

so create a yahoo account and give it a go. just be sure your domain name* is @yahoo.com, not @yahoo.co.nz.


05-01-2003, 10:17 PM
Whatever you do, don't block, unsubscribe, or reply to any of these messages. This just tells the sender that your e-mail address is "valid", i.e. that there is someone using it. Spammers collect lists of "valid" e-mail addresses and sell them to other spammers.

A lot of people (the majority I would say), just get angry at messages like the ones you have been receiving so I can't see this sort of aggressive advertising surviving much longer......but then again I could be wrong.........