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Spam email that contains a link

Post by adam20540 » Sun Nov 18, 2007 10:22 pm

Is there any way to designate all incoming emails containing links, as spam? All the spam emails I receive contain links. Obviously, there's no rule in PopTray for this, but I am just wondering ..

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Post by Rdsok » Sun Nov 18, 2007 11:28 pm

You would need to enable the Retrieve Body when checking option and then create a rule that looks for A HREF in the body.. but...

This would not be a good rule to have... many users email links to websites and other content so their emails would also get flagged. Not to mention emails from forums that may state you have a reply in a post or many other examples of normal emails that may contain links.

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Post by adam20540 » Sun Nov 18, 2007 11:41 pm

Many thanks for the quick reply, Rdsok... very helpful. Yes, I see your point.

Thanks again.
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Post by adam20540 » Sun Nov 18, 2007 11:48 pm

By the way, what does A HREF stand for :?:

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Post by adam20540 » Sun Nov 18, 2007 11:53 pm

No need to reply .. I looked it up :D

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Post by adam20540 » Mon Nov 19, 2007 7:21 am

Hi Rdsok. If I was to go ahead and use the A HREF, to mark all mail that contain a link to a website, as spam. As you said, I would first need to enable Retrieve Body, in the options. Then create a rule in the body. I am not sure of the next step .. which option should I use in the ''Compare'' column? Contains or Equals? And in the ''Text'' field, should I just write A HREF :?:

Thanks for the help,
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Post by KY Dave » Mon Nov 19, 2007 2:40 pm

adam20540 wrote:.. which option should I use in the ''Compare'' column? Contains or Equals? And in the ''Text'' field, should I just write A HREF :?:
You could not use EQUALS because then the RULE would only work when the entire body was just the same as the TEXT. In other words, the entire body could only be "<a href" and nothing more.

CONTAINS would be the best to use.

In the TEXT Area I would use "a href" without the quotation marks.
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Post by adam20540 » Mon Nov 19, 2007 3:06 pm

Cheers Dave. Much appreciated.

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Post by adam20540 » Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:34 am

The rule didn't work. Just checking again with you to see if there should be anything else, apart from ''a href'' (without the quotation marks).

I have 2 email accounts: I use one of them (Outlook Express) for friends and family overseas etc .., this is also the one that PopTray checks. The other (Gmail) is for everything else. Anything that has a link to a web site that arrives into OE, is definitely Spam.

When the rule didn't work in PopTray, I tried to use it in OE' own 'mail message rules' .. which uses similar 'conditions and actions' as PopTray, it didn't work there also.

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Post by KY Dave » Tue Nov 20, 2007 2:03 pm

It's probably due to both PopTray and OE rendering the urls as a clickable link.

You might try ADDing a line to your RULE and using ANY as the CRITERIA then using "http:" as the RULE TEXT. That should find the ones that are rendered like http://forum.poptray.org/
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Post by adam20540 » Tue Nov 20, 2007 5:15 pm

The ''http:'' rule has worked, Dave. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to all the posts.

Adam

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