Installation and Setup
Download and install is fast. Size is 7.0 MB. Set up couldn’t be easier. Once installed the free spam blocker program requires only 4MB of space and 4MB of RAM. The paid version, MailWasher Pro uses the same space and RAM the the free version.
To quote from Mailwasher website;
MailWasher is probably the easiest anti-spam software to use. We took the view that if we can't understand how to use a piece of software in under 5 minutes then it's probably always going to be hard to use. Why try and learn a whole lot of new icons and procedures? You want a program with a minimal learning curve, is easy to use and looks attractive.
This really says it all. It couldn’t be easier. Download and then doubleclick to install the program.
When the program opens all is very clear and precise. Once installed, the program will ask if you wish to Import the settings from your email program to Mailwasher. This will automatically Set Up Friends List. so that when you receive mails from your Friends List they are automatically marked as good. This is a big plus that helps you avoid deleting or blocking a mail you wish to receive.
The program works independently of your email program so it really doesn’t matter what email program you use. Just click Tools, Email Accounts, Run Wizard. The Settings Summary window displays with the Account Settings. Select the accounts you wish to import and then click the Accept Button. The FREE spam blocker version only works for one email account, while the PAID version works for multiple accounts. MailwasherPro will import all settings except the password for the account, since this is encrypted. The Wizard will then move you to the Inbox Tab. You have to enter your password manually. If you don’t want to sign in each time you use the program you can tell it to remember you. Supported mail protocols are POP3, Hotmail, MSN , AOL and IMAP. Settings for AOL, Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo webmail are available in the Frequently Asked Questions section on the Mailwasher Website.
Next you will set up Spam Tools. This gives you the ability to choose exactly what you want Mailwasher to do with Spam. You can have it just delete it, with the Free version it is just Deleted, but with the paid version you have a Recycle Bin where the mail is held for up to 28 days. This is especially good, in case one or your friend’s gets a new mail address and you mark it as spam and delete it but then realize it later it isn’t spam. The mail can be restored from the Recycle Bin, the new address can be added to your Friend’s List and allowed to move on into your mail program.
You can also enable bouncing of messages from this account if you want to enable this function, and then enter your Email address and your SMTP server address.
Once you have made your selections then just minimize Mailwasher to the system tray and wait for notification from MailwasherPro that new mail has arrived on the server. Notification comes via an alert sound and also the Mailwasher Icon in the System Tray will display little bubbles to let you know that Mailwasher has mail to filter.