G-Lock SpamCombat Startup Guide

Run G-Lock SpamCombat BEFORE you receive the emails with your email client. After G-Lock SpamCombat deletes all unwanted emails from the server, you can safely run your email client to receive only good emails.

Step 1. Creating Account.

To get SpamCombat working, you need to setup an account, from which you will retrieve incoming emails. This account is already created in the SpamCombat Accounts section. You only need to fill in the required fields. To do this, click the right mouse button on the default account in the Accounts section and select Edit Account:

create email retrieval account

On Edit Account screen enter a display name for your account (any name you want), your POP3 server name, POP3 server port (usually 110), your account name and password. You can pick up the server name, account name and password from the settings in your regular email client. Look for something like Incoming Mail Server, POP3 Mail Server, or, simply, POP3 Server. If you are not able to find this information then you’ll need to ask your Internet Server Provider (ISP).

If you deal with an IMAP account, check IMAP Account checkbox, enter your IMAP server name, IMAP server port (usually 143), account name and password.

After you filled in the required fields, click Test button to test the account. If the test is OK, click OK to save the account settings.

Step 2. Filtering Emails.

Make sure that the checkbox next to your account in the Accounts section is checked and click Start button on the Toolbar to start retrieving messages.

You will see your incoming emails and their details on the screen.  

processing emails

The icons legend:

email is cleanemail is resolved as OK
email is spamemail is resolved as Spam   
email is not resolvedemail is flagged as unknown. Click either Mark as Spam or Mark as Good button to categorize an unknown email.
email not resolvedemail is not resolved because of a bad Internet connection (message header is empty). Click Start
button to reprocess such emails.
few significant wordsemail has very few significant words to be processed by the Bayesian filter. Add such emails either to Whitelist, or Blacklist.

Step 3. Training G-Lock SpamCombat.

To get the best performance of the program, you should train SpamCombat to classify your emails to spam and good. When the emails are retrieved, check whether they are properly categorized. If not, re-classify them yourself. To do this, use mark as spam Mark Message as Spam and mark as clean Mark Message as Clean buttons on the Message Control Toolbar under the grid. The program learns from its mistakes and the next time the emails will be marked properly. Also categorize by yourself the emails with unknown email icon. The Bayesian filter learns from these emails as well.

The training affects only the Bayesian filter. If an email was wrongly classified as spam or good by any other filter such as Blacklist, Whitelist, HTML Validator or DNSBL, there is no sense to re-classify this email. In this case, just edit or de-activate the appropriate filter.

The emails flagged by unknown emails icon should be either whitelisted, or blacklisted. A green question mark question markmeans that the email could not be resolved as good or spam because of a glitch with the Internet connection. You should just re-process such messages some time later.

SpamCombat deletes from the server only those emails, which have the checkbox in the Status checked. Make sure the checkboxes are checked for all spam messages. Then click Delete on the Toolbar to delete spam emails from the server.

Now you can safely run your email client to pull down the messages you really want to read.

To speed up your work with the messages, G-Lock SpamCombat allows you assign the hot keys to the common operations. To configure the hot keys, click on the Settings button on the toolbar, click on the Hot Keys tab and enter the desired hot keys combinations. For example, you can assign F8 to Mark Message as SPAM function and F9 to Mark Message as Clean. Click OK to save the hot keys. Next time you can simply use two keys on your keyboard when marking the messages as spam and good.