These FAQ (frequently asked questions) refer to the following assembly:
- Spamihilator (current version, at least 0.9.9.26 or higher)
- Windows Vista (any 32-bit version)
- Direct access to the UAC (User Account Control) as administrator and as restricted user
- Standard installation paths being set on drive C:
- Mail accounts being served under a user with restricted rights
1. Which Spamihilator plug-ins are optimized for Vista?
The following list shows the plug-ins, which are downright optimized for Vista:
- Spamihilator's internal filters, namely Learning Filter, Spam Word Filter, Newsletter Filter, DCC Filter, Link Filter, Image Filter and Attachment Filter
- Spamihilator's Pop3Notifier Plug-in
- Bob Loeffler's Filters, that are Empty Mail Filter, Html Filter, Plain Text Filter, No Comment Filter, Scripts Filter and the very helpful Statistics Plug-in, Export Senders Plug-in, and Unclassified Filter Plug-in
- Misnamed Filter (current beta), Outgoing Friends (current beta), IMP-Filter (TextTransformer)
- Live Stats Plug-in
The following are plug-ins for Spamihilator, working properly with Windows Vista, even though not yet optimized:
- Charset Filter (beta), Strange Country Filter, Air Filter
- Alphabet Soup Filter, S_P_A_C_E Filter, URL-Filter (current beta)
- Spam-Report Plug-in (beta)
- Language Packs (working correctly)
- Boarisch Language Pack (working correctly)
2. The start of Spamihilator after the computer boot takes very long, or hangs in a waiting loop.
This is caused by the Windows auto start function and prefetch function and will normalize by itself after a while.
3. How can I recognize incompatibilities of Spamihilator plug-ins with Vista? After the installation of a plug-in, I can't see the installed files.
Windows Vista provides a virtual directory, which pretends having writing rights to the folder “C:\Program Files” for applications that aren't actually compatible to Vista. You will find it in the following folder (if there is no further folder, presumably there is no incompatibility):
4. During the installation of Spamihilator or of a plug-in, Vista asks for the administrator password. Is this dangerous?
Not at all. Administrator rights are needed for the Spamihilator installation in order to write into the directory “C:\Program Files”, which is not allowed to a restricted user.
5. I can't install Spamihilator or a plug-in! After double click on the setup executable file, nothing happens.
The installation needs to be started with administrator rights under the current restricted user. With Vista, this is to carry out easily with right click on the setup file and “run as administrator”. The same is needed by many other programs, too. Usually, Vista should recognize by itself, if administrator rights are needed, and acknowledge accordingly.
6. The virtual path mentioned in item 3 is not existing, respectively, I can only find path names in my own language. Do I have to reckon with installation problems?
No, because Vista is using standardized paths, showing them localized in the system language. The correct paths can be recognized by using the dos box or a file manager (e.g. Windows Explorer) to watch the installation paths. Example: an installation in “C:\Programme” (in German) in fact serves in “C:\Program Files”.
7. An error message appears while receiving mails, saying that the server “localhost” or “127.0.0.1” could not be found. Thus, the mail client doesn't work with Spamihilator.
On the Vista system, the host file can be found under “C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts”.
It contains the following two lines:
- 127.0.0.1 localhost
- ::1 localhost
Comment out (with the ”#” sign) or delete the second line to let work Spamihilator again. The second line belongs to the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6, read more in Wikipedia).
8. After the installation of Spamihilator or of a plug-in, Vista shows a message, saying that the program possibly is not installed correct.
This may occur during the installation process or after the installation. You can ignore it, for the installation will complete correctly anyway, and Spamihilator will work without any problems.
9. Spamihilator's setup assistant doesn't recognize my mail client, respectively, Windows Mail in Vista.
When the e-mail client configuration doesn't work out automatically, it can easily be accomplished manually. See also in the mail client configuration.
In your e-mail client:
- Incoming server = POP3 or IMAP
- Incoming server address = localhost or 127.0.0.1
- Mail account = myserver&myaccountname&110
- Incoming port = 110
- Local server port POP3 = 110
10. Are there issues with the Vista firewall or any other firewall?
Usually not, because a firewall will automatically recognize Spamihilator, or will prompt the user about having it blocked. In few faulty cases, a firewall could be blocking Spamihilator without prompting, or the user might have given a wrong answer to a prompt by mistake. Try to find the appropriate firewall rule to delete it and let it be generated new.
11. How does Spamihilator work when a screen saver is on?
Under Vista's screen savers, the pop-up window of Spamihilator shows up, letting the screen saver continue. Problems may occur with some special screen savers, particularly when they use a special graphical resolution.
12. Mails in the in-box of my mail client don't appear in the training area of Spamihilator.
This may happen when Spamihilator runs under administrator user rights, e.g. after installation of Spamihilator plug-ins. Mails get assigned to the administrator account and therefore arrive to the administrator's training area, but anyway to the restricted user's mail client. Corrective: Close Spamihilator and restart as restricted user again.
13. Do I have to be aware of problems with the integrated spam filters in Windows Mail, Outlook or other mail clients?
In general not, because Spamihilator is interposed as a proxy between the mail client and the mail server, and the mail client will only apply its own filter after Spamihilator having regularly delivered the mails to the mail client. When still missing a mail in the in-box, it may have been moved by the mail client into its junk folder. To avoid such problems, the mail client's built-in junk filter should better be turned off or be mitigated.
14. Mails recognized as non-spam by Spamihilator don't appear in the in-box of the mail client.
Many mail clients are providing built-in junk filters, which may move mails to their own junk-mail folders unawares. These junk folders can be overlooked easily, considering the plenty of folders.
15. Mails from senders recorded in the friends list do not appear in the training area. Does Spamihilator learn from mails from friends at all?
In this case, it needs to be checked if the function “automatically learn from messages from my friends” is activated, and if the sender address is recorded properly in the friends list. Recommended settings: In case there are sender addresses recorded in the friends list, the above named function should be activated in order to enable learning from their mails. Without this function activated, mails from friends only get delivered without learning from.
16. Spamihilator doesn't sieve any spam mail, although they are shown in the training area. No spam mail does appear in the Spamihilator recycle bin.
Make sure to have checked the expanded display in the Spamihilator training area. The information about the filtering reason given there allows you to recognize, whether the filter sequence has to be customized, or wether Spamihilator needs a little more time for learning after a recent installation. Of course, Spamihilator wouldn't filter actually, when no filter is activated at all.
17. I can't select or deselect the check mark for the activation of the automatic Spamihilator start with Windows.
This setting can be found under the general settings, it's called “launch Spamihilator at Windows startup”. Disabling the registry item within “HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run” will solve this problem. Unless this item is deactivated, Spamihilator will start with every Windows user automatically. Else, this setting can be deactivated with MSConfig started as administrator.
18. How can I save all my settings and the training data for a future new installation?
For that purpose, you can save completely the following folder and all its sub-folders and files within
- “C:\Program Files\Spamihilator”
After the new installation of Windows and Spamihilator, you can insert the saved folders at their original location. Perhaps you have to overwrite the newer folders. Care about the writing rights, certainly.
19. Is the use of Spamihilator really free of charge, or does the term of use expire after a while? Is it free for use in a commercial ambit, too?
Yes, Spamihilator is freeware for private and commercial purposes. There is no expiration date or demo period.
20. My anti-virus program complains about having found a virus whilst downloading or installing Spamihilator!
Spamihilator isn't containing any virus code, or other malware or spyware. This is likely to be a false positive alarm of the anti-virus software. Spamihilator has been tested with different security instances, confirmed by beta testers, by an extended community and by professional testers of computer magazines. Be careful to have downloaded the Spamihilator setup executable file from a trustworthy resource, for to avoid manipulated downloads. Beyond that, make sure not to have another malware active on your computer, infecting other programs.
21. Is it possible to use Spamihilator with a mobile device, e.g. on a USB stick?
Unfortunately, this isn't possible until now.
22. Does it cause trouble using Spamihilator together with another spam filter program?
Some other spam filters do interact inappropriately with Spamihilator and thereby cause disturbances in receiving mail. In most cases, it wouldn't be reasonable to use more than one spam filter, anyway.
23. Although started properly, and apparent within the Windows Task Manager, the Spamihilator tray symbol doesn't show in the tray area.
This is a known bug of Windows XP. Presumably, other tray symbols are lost on such an affected system, too. Sometimes it helps to close Spamihihlator with the Windows Task Manager and restart it.
24. I have updated from a Spamihilator version lower than 0.9.9.26, and now I encounter an odd behavior when receiving mail.
The new generation of Spamihilator versions has obtained many improvements, and new features, too. Spamihilator, and specially its installation, had to be customized to the requirements of Microsoft Windows Vista, which mainly concerns the User Account Control. To avoid trouble, it is necessary to adhere to the following instructions carefully, after having carried out a complete system backup:
a) Perform a complete uninstall of the old Spamihilator version
b) Manually delete every directory associated with Spamihilator, even if hidden:
- C:\Program Files\Spamihilator
- C:\User\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\Spamihilator
- C:\Users\USER_NAME\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\Spamihilator
- in Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\USER_NAME\AppData\Spamihilator
c) Reinstall Spamihilator with the plug-ins approved for use with Vista
25. Will I have to encounter problems with IMAP under Vista?
Using IMAP with Vista doesn't arouse any problems by itself. We have tested IMAP with a free account, provided and supported by coutesy of “diemailbox.de”, using Outlook 2007 under Windows Vista.
- user name = John Public
- mail address = firstname.lastname@example.org
- account type = IMAP
- incoming server = 127.0.0.1 or localhost
- sending server = smtp.diemailbox.de
- user name = imap.diemailbox.de&john.public&143
- Keep in mind that in your e-mail client, you have to configure the sending settings different from the receiving settings, for the typical Spamihilator entries are only needed to receive mail
- Don't check “login with secure password authentification”
- Don't uncheck “smtp server needs authentification”
- Don't activate the SSL/TLS in the e-mail client, but in the Spamihilator settings, if intended
- Set the server timeout to the highest possible value
- Formerly, the IMAP module worked somewhat a little notchy, but in the current Spamihilator, it works smoothly
- A pitfall with IMAP and Spamihilator could be the handling of false positive filtered mails, because keeping them in the recycle bin subducts them from the IMAP server
- Checking the training area immediately may prevent you from this springe
- The brilliant cross protocolling method bypasses the IMAP protocol and enables you to receive IMAP mails like POP3 mails
- for this purpose enter the following account information in the mail client's input form:
- incoming server = POP3
- incoming server = localhost or 127.0.0.1
- account: imapserver&accountname&143
(Written by Anbuva in june, 2007, last updated in december, 2008, and translated into English by Chactory on march, 2009, revised on june, 2009. I apologise for the rather poor English lingo.)