Question: What is a good spam filtering program to use with Microsoft Outlook?
Answer: There are a number of good third-party spam blocking programs on the market. However, if you are using Microsoft Outlook to read and send email you are in luck as both Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007 include solid spam filtering functionality that is built right into the program.
Outlook 2003 & 2007 – Spam Filter Included
In both Outlook 2003 and 2007 a “Junk Email” folder is automatically created and spam or junk email is automatically moved to this folder. In Outlook 2003 you can access the Junk Mail settings from the Menu Bar at the top of the screen. From the Menu Bar click on Tools then Options then on the Preferences Tab click on the Junk Email button. You can then configure your junk mail settings to best fit your needs.
If a piece of junk mail does make it past the filter and into your Inbox you can flag it (and the sender) as Junk by going to the Menu Bar and clicking Actions then Junk Email and then selecting Add Sender to Blocked Sender List. In the future any email from the particular sender will go directly to the Junk Email folder.
In Outlook 2007 you can access the Junk Mail settings from the Menu Bar by clicking on Actions then placing your cursor over the Junk Email item and selection from the menu that appears.