Mailwasher is a software program that you use on your on your desktop. It allows you to quickly sort and filter your email, ensuring that you never miss an email that you want to receive.
It works in conjunction with a variety of email programs including a variety of Window email programs, Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail and more.
Mailwasher is free for up to 1 email address and is reasonably priced if you want to add more addresses. You can download it at http://mailwasher.net.
Viewing Your Email
Mailwasher quickly downloads all the email into the software, so you can view senders and subject lines. Here’s an example of an inbox:
As you can see above, Mailwasher automatically marks some email as spam and will set to delete a message when they are blacklisted in Spamhaus or other blacklisting services. You’ll find these statuses are usually accurate, but you should always scan the email to ensure you don’t miss anything.
If you find email is set to automatically be deleted, you can change that senders “Status” to keep it from happening again. If this is a sender you want to receive email from, right click the message and a box will pop-up that looks like this:
If you click “Add to friends list”, the status will now be changed to “Friend” and the email won’t be marked for deletion.
Manage Your Friends
You can add your friends to your “Friends” list right away or you can train Mailwasher to recognize your friends as emails come in.
Method #1: As shown above, you can right click any message and choose “Add to friends list” and that will add that sender to your friends list.
Method #2: You can add the email address manually. On the far right side, click the green friends icon:
A list of your current friends will pop up:
Click “Add” to a new friend:
You can add an email address:
Or you can use the wildcard option to whitelist emails from a particular domain, for example.
In the above example, all emails from the domain favoritewebsite.com will be marked as coming from a friend.
You can remove users from your friend list anytime by unchecking the box beside the email address:
Manage Your Blacklist
You can also add people to your blacklist in a similar way. When you blacklist someone, the email will come into your Mailwasher inbox (in case you change your mind later), but will be marked as “Blacklisted” and will be set to automatically delete when you process your mail.
Method #1: You can blacklist senders as email comes in from them. Just right click on the message from the sender you want to blacklist.
Click “Add to Blacklist” and then Status will change to “Blacklisted” and will set to delete when you process your email.
Method #2: You can add email addresses or wildcards to be blacklisted as well. On the far right side, click the black blacklisted icon:
That will bring up a screen that includes senders on our blacklist.
Click “Add” and you can add an email address:
Or you can use the wildcard option to blacklist emails from a particular domain, for example.
In the above example, all emails from the domain spamwebsite.com will be marked as blacklisted and will be set to delete when you process your email.
You can remove users from your blacklist anytime by unchecking the box beside the email address:
Report Email as “Spam” or “Good”
If you want to report email as spam, you can use the far left column in your email preview that is called “Action”. Messages are reported to “First Alert”, which is the software maker’s own community spam filter.
“S” is for “Spam” and “G” is for “Good”. You can simply go through the list and click the icon. If you want to report these emails, click “Spam”.
Process Your Mail
Once you are finished with marking emails in your blacklist and friend list and you’re sure all the emails you have set for deletion are correct, you can process your email. Just click “Process” at the top and all the emails you set to be deleted, will be removed completely from your server.
Now you’ll only be left with emails that you want to receive and you can open your usual email program to download the emails.
Each time you use the software, the process gets faster and faster. Your friends will be marked as friends and a large part of the spam will already be marked as spam. It’s a handy way to ensure you don’t miss ANY email you want.