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Keep Spam Away With McAfee Security Center
Last Updated: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 > Related Articles
Learn to set anti-spam options for email and the Web.
What is McAfee Security Center?
The Security Center on your computer desktop is part of your free Cox Security Suite Powered by McAfee®. It is a powerful security solution that allows you to monitor the security status on your computer and to know instantly whether virus, spyware, email, and firewall protection services are up-to-date.
How can it help me?
You can use this tool to set anti-spam levels and manage how spam is handled when it arrives in your inbox.
To begin, click the McAfee Security Center icon in your taskbar or on your desktop.
For help with any Security Center feature visit the McAfee Community. Click Home and Home Office, then under Communities on the left, click Security Center.
Knowledge level recommended for this article: Advanced
By setting the anti-spam levels you can decide what email to weed out and what to keep. For example, if you begin to realize that email you want to keep is getting tagged as spam you can set your levels to prevent that from happening.
On the Security Center console look under Features then expand Web and Email Protection.
Click Anti-spam: On. If it says Off then it is not set up.
Click Spam Protection Levels.
After reading the descriptions, choose from one of the following options.
Click the Apply button.
All steps complete.
You can choose where to put spam and phishing email, change the [SPAM] and [PHISHING] tag that displays in the email subject line, define a maximum size to filter, and decide how often to update your spam filtering rules.
- On the Security Center console look under the Features section and expand Web and Email Protection.
- Click Anti-spam.
- Click Email Processing.
|If you want to...||Then...|
|Choose where to put spam and phishing mail|
Under After marking email as spam, choose one of the following:
|Change the subject line of the spam email|
Under Label: enter: [SPAM] for spam
|Change the subject line of the phishing email||Under Label: enter [PHISHING] for phishing|
|Change the maximum email size to filter|
|Decide how often to update the spam filtering rules|
If you are using Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, or Thunderbird, you can remove the Anti-Spam toolbar if you need to stop filtering your email. You might do this when troubleshooting an issue.
Under Web and Email Protection click Anti-spam.
- Expand Anti-spam Toolbar.
- Uncheck the email program you use.
- Click the Apply button.
When you add or edit a custom filter you can decide the rules Anti-spam uses. Your choices are explained in the table below Step 3.
- Under Web and Email Protection click Anti-spam.
- Expand Custom Filtering Rules, as shown below:
|If you want to...||Then...|
|Manage email containing your filtered words and phrases||Under Action: choose Allow or Block|
|Choose which part of the email to filter||Under Field: choose either Recipient, Sender, Subject, Header or Body|
|Decide if the email must contain specific words or phrases||Under Condition: choose contains or doesn't contain|
|Determine the words or phrases to filter||Under Word or Phrase enter the words to look for in email.|
For instance, if you want to filter the word 'mortgage' all email with that word will be either blocked or allowed into your Inbox.
|Use an advanced algorithm to filter words||Put a check in the box next to Use regular expressions to find particular words and characters in your custom filtering rule|
Note: This is for advanced users only. it allows you to choose a phrase, such as, the subject line of a spam email you want to stop receiving.