Installation and first steps

  1. Close any Outlook Express windows that are open.
  2. Run the msi file. This will begin the installation process. Simply follow the on-screen instructions. For WinNT, W2K, WinXP you need administrative privileges for initial installation. Every new user (now administrative privileges not necessary any more) who wants to use Spartacus Filter for Outlook Express has to run the installation again.
  3. Start Outlook Express again.
  4. After installing, you'll see a new toolbar button as well as two additional menu entries. It looks like this:
    toolbar with filter button
  5. When the program is started the first time it will churn through all the mail in the inbox folder, and stores a list of the words used in mails. At this point, it's examining the contents of each email, and gathering data that will be used to analyze new mail as it arrives. This may take several minutes dependent on the size of your inbox. Please note: Your inbox must not contain any spam mails! So do not skip the next step.
  6. As you get new or already have existing spam mail in your inbox, use the "Delete Spam" button to move any spam you get into the Spam folder. You can highlight multiple items and move them all at once if you want. The more spam you delete, the better Spartacus is at identifying it. Now you're ready to filter some spam! Whenever new mail is received, Spartacus checks each one and determines whether or not it's spam. If it's spam, it is automatically moved into the "Deleted Items" folder. Otherwise it remains in the Inbox.The probability for detecting spam mails is more than 99% (after training with representative statistic data).
  7. While the filter is processing new messages in background the status bar provides information.
    statusbar while filter activities
  8. It's a good idea to periodically check the "Deleted Items" folder for real email that was misidentified. That's what a "false positive" is - a real email that is falsely identified as spam. Typically, Spartacus gets very few false positives, less than 0.1 %. Please do the following to move the mail back to the inbox:
    Be sure the mail in "Deleted Items" is read (not marked as "Unread").
    Move it back to the inbox.
    As of version 1.2.7: Confirm the displayed message box asking you whether it is inadvertently as spam misidentified real mail with "Yes". Vice versa you should confirm the message box for all other mails that you want to move / drag and drop from outside into the inbox with "No".

Further configuration and optimization

Limitations of Spartacus for Microsoft Outlook Express

The Outlook Express programming interface (API) is limited. Therefore the Outlook Express Filter Plugin can't handle a separate Spambox. The Outlook Express Filter Plugin moves all mails identified as Spam into the Deleted Items folder.

Attention: Please ensure Spartacus Filter is backing up deleted spam mails by setting the Option Backup deleted Spam Mails in Tools->Spam Filter Options... !

Neither IMAP nor HTTP mail accounts are currently supported by the Outlook Express Filter Plugin.