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by: Albert50000 May 18, 2013 6:38 PM PDT

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Reducing spam

by Albert50000 - 5/18/13 6:38 PM

Hi all. Like a lot of people, I can measure the spam email I receive by the truckload. And I'm trying to reduce it. I've had good luck with the unsubscribe links, although there was one unsubscribe link that looked innocent enough that took me directly to the spammers page, but that's not an issue.

After unsubscribing to everything I could unsubscribe to, I was basically left with pieces of spam that had no unsubscribe link.

So I started to examine these pieces more closely. I viewed the header section of a few randomly chosen ones and started backtracking through the "Received from" lines until I got to the IP address of the first server.

After that, I looked up the IP addresses and found they were apparently coming from servers all over the world. And that's understandable. People can connect to the internet from all over the world. And that's fine.

But here's the thing. A lot of the spam that's left, is obviously from the same small number of companies. But when I backtracked the "Received from" lines back to the source, pieces of spam obviously from the same company appear to have originated from different locations.

And that's as far as I've gotten. I've heard about something called "Zombie" computers, but I don't know how they work.

How can I reduce the spam described above, where the same company seems to be sending ten pieces of spam all from different countries.

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