Spamato anti spam solution for email clients

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 6, 2007
Updated • Mar 16, 2014

Spamato is a free software that was developed in Java which can be used to detect and delete email spam. It is compatible with popular email clients such as Mozilla Thunderbird or Microsoft Outlook, and ships with interesting features that may convince you to replace your current anti-spam tool.

The developers of the application have created custom versions for select email clients, and are also offering a standalone version for others that are not supported directly.

This standalone version acts as a mail proxy that all email traffic flows through in either direction, so that it can intercept spam messages before they arrive in the email client.

An extension was created for Thunderbird for instance which can be installed just like any other extension available which means that you have to download the file, open Thunderbird, go to Tools > Add-ons and select the file after clicking on install. Outlook users can download an add-on for Outlook which installs the anti-spam solution in Microsoft's email program.

The developer suggest to disable the default spam filter in both programs if you want to stick with Spamato. You can do that in the Account options in Thunderbird by disabling all options under Junk controls. Spamato is doing a good job from what I can tell. I have been using the extension for Thunderbird for just one day so it might be a bit early to judge it correctly but it looks to handle spam superbly.

Spamato creates a folder of the same name when it is installed where all detected spam is moved into. Oh, you do need Java to run Spamato. Sometimes you will have to located the Java executable by yourself and add it manually to the options of the extension.

Everything is well explained and it should not be a problem to locate the javaw.exe file. That is of course only the case if you have Java installed on your system. If you do not, you need to download and install it first before you can start to use the anti-spam solution on your system.

The last update dates back a bit which means that it may no longer work correctly in newer versions of mail clients. Note that some versions require an early version of Microsoft's .Net Framework to be installed, which is another indicator that the program has been abandoned by its developer team.


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  1. gnome said on July 6, 2007 at 4:24 pm

    Nice one!

  2. Alter Falter! said on July 6, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    I tried spamihilator and spamato and think Thunderbird works fine without them. With spamato you have to check an additional folder – beside Junk and Trash.

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