How To Eliminate Email Spam

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Unsolicited commercial email also referred to as “spam” is aggravating to say the least.  What makes it even worse is that it may contain fake offers that may cost you money and time.  Take measures to restrict the volume of spam you receive, and consider spam offers just as you would handle an unwanted sales call from a telemarketer.  Moreover, learn how to identify the most popular scams online.  What can you do?  I’m glad you asked …

How To Eliminate Email Spam

Well, first of all.  There is no possible way to eliminate all email spam, but here are some ways to reduce it significantly.

Email Filter

Investigate your email account to determine if it supplies a function to filter out possible spam or to direct it to a bulk email folder.  You may want to think about these options when considering which email service or Internet Service Provider (ISP) to use.

Reduce Your Exposure

how to eliminate email spamYou may choose to have two email addresses: one for personal use and one for coupons, chat rooms, newsletters, shopping etc.

You may also look at making use of a disposable email address provider that will forward your messages to your permanent address.

Should one of your disposable addresses start receiving spam, you turn it off without it affecting your permanent account.

Moreover, make it a habit not to exhibit your email address to the public such as online membership directories, social networking sites, chat rooms and blog posts.  Spammers take advantage of the internet to collect email addresses.

Uncheck Boxes And Examine Privacy Polices

When you give your email address to any website, search for boxes that have been pre-checked to opt in for email updates from the business and its associates.  Some websites permit you to drop out of getting these bulk emails.

Examine the privacy policy prior to submitting your email address to any website.  Find out if it permits selling your email.  You may choose not to give your email address to websites that will not keep it safe.


Select A One-Of-A-Kind Email Address

how to eliminate email spamThe email addresses you choose might influence the number of spam emails you get.  Spammers send millions upon millions of emails to likely name variations at large email services and ISPs, anticipating to find a genuine email address.

So, a common email like jsmith might receive a greater amount of spam than a more uncommon name like j37e56.  Obviously, there is a drawback – it is more difficult to remember a unique email address.

Help Decrease Spam

Spammers and hackers troll the web searching for computers that are not protected by current security software.  When they discover vulnerable computers, they attempt to install concealed software called malware which permits them to take over these computers remotely.

Thousands upon thousands of these unprotected/infected computers joined together create a “botnet,” a network utilized by spammers to send out billions of emails all at once.  Imagine, billions of personal computers are components in a botnet.  As a matter of fact, a majority of spam is sent out this way.

Stop Spammers From Using Your Computer

how to eliminate email spamUse proper computer safety practices and disconnect yourself from the internet when you are not at your computer.  Hackers cannot access your computer when it is not hooked up to the internet.

Don’t open any attachments or download any files from emails you received even if the email appears to be from a coworker or friend unless you are anticipating its arrival or know what it’s all about.  If you send out an email with an attachment, make sure to include a note clarifying what it is.

Only download free software from reputable sites you know and can count on.  It’s very tempting to download free software such as customized toolbars, file-sharing programs and games.  However, keep in mind that free software may also include malware.

Recognize And Eliminate Malware

It’s hard to determine if a spammer installed malware onto your computer, but here are a few warning signs:

  • Your friends might inform you about strange email messages they got from you.
  • Your computer might work sluggishly or slowly.
  • You might discover emails in your sent folder that you never sent.

If your computer has indeed been hacked and then infected with a virus, disconnect your computer from the internet immediately.  Then take action to get rid of the malware.

File A Spam Report

Forward any deceptive or unwanted emails to:

  • the FTC – Federal Trade Commission at  Be certain to include the entire spam email.
  • your email service provider.  At the start of the message, explain that you are making a complaint about receiving spam.  Some email service providers have special buttons that permit you to mark emails as junk or report them as spam
  • the sender’s email service provider, if you can figure out who it is.  The majority of ISPs and web mail providers want to get rid of spammers who exploit their services.  Once again, be certain to include the complete spam email and explain that you are making a complaint about receiving spam.

If you attempted to unsubscribe from an unwanted email list and your request is ignored, make a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission here.

So, do you have any other suggests on how to eliminate email spam?  I’d love to hear from you.  Please leave your comments below.

If you  have a moment watch this hilarious video on how James Veitch replied to a spam email he received:



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  1. Diana

    Hi Barb,

    I just want point out that the picture of Spam(the food) brought a smile to my face.

    Anyways… I hate email spam just as much as you do. Can you believe at one point I had over 35,000 unread emails??

    Most of them were spam of course, so I deleted them all. It’s true that many websites automatically opt you in to receive email offers and we don’t even notice sometimes. I’ve started deselecting this option.

    Thanks for sharing,

    • Barb

      Hi, Diana!  Thanks for dropping by and sharing.  I love hearing from my readers.

      I’m glad I was able to give you a little chuckle.  I couldn’t help myself.  Hee!  Hee!

      Wow!  35,000 emails!  Aaaaaah!  I would consider getting a disposable email to keep the important emails separate from the spam.

      Yes, I would definitely uncheck any boxes that subscribes you to their “Partners” list.  Who knows how many partners they may have.  You’ll just get flooded as you can see by the 35,000 emails you received.


  2. JeffWA

    Hi, Barb,

    I feel one important thing that everyone needs to do online regarding emails is to never, ever open one that you do not recognize from the source. It potentially only invites serious issues regarding your computer, personal info ,and trolls/criminals getting your address and soon bombarding you with spam.

    I also personally never open an email that has been placed in my spam box, already recognized as junk by my email provider. Despite the ideal often taught by so-called “experts” that one should always look through a spam box just in case something got placed in there anyway, still I don’t do it. I got burned once opening an email purportedly from Fed Ex. It was a phising email.

    Other than that, the many suggestions that you made in your article are all powerful solutions meant to protect your readers from email spam.

    That vid was funny! It would be a pleasure to mess with the type of troll who was trying to pull that b.s. against the James Veitch individual. The only thing for me would be the miscreant possibly getting info from me based on my just answering the email..


    • Barb

      Hi, JeffWA!  Thanks for dropping by and sharing.  I love hearing from my readers.

      You make a good point and I totally agree with you regarding not opening emails that have already been filtered into your spam folder.  It’s a disaster waiting to happen and I’m so sorry it happened to you.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the video.  When I first saw it, it had me rolling around on the floor laughing, but I agree with you.  I would never attempt to do something like that myself unless it was with one of my disposable emails.


  3. SJ

    Thanks Barb!

    This post was extremely timely. It is just CRAZY how much spam I am getting in my inbox, it is really starting to annoy me. I didn’t know half of the methods you outlined in your post on how I can manage the spam messages I get! I have adopted a few of your suggestions and I look forward to less spam in my inbox.

    • Barb

      Hi, SJ!  Thanks for dropping by and sharing. I really love hearing from my readers.

      I agree.  Spam is so annoying.  I’m so glad that I was able to help you out.


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