Adware Report: Spam Butcher Review
Product: Spam Butcher 1.7
Vendor: Spam Butcher
Editor Rating: 2 stars
- Below average protection against spam
- Does not integrate into email client
- Minimal functionality
We test each spam filter by first sending 100 spam emails to a test account with the spam filter installed. If necessary, we then train the product, typically by pressing a button marking the email as spam. After the training process is complete, we then send a different set of spam emails to the same account to determine the overall effectiveness of the product.
If applicable, we tested each spam filter on Outlook Express, Eudora, and Yahoo.
SpamButcher installed perfectly the first time. After we installed, it asked us for our email address and automatically configured itself. SpamButcher requires your password to auto-configure, but this information is not accessible by anyone else.
SpamButcher does not integrate into your email client. Instead, it runs in the background and periodically checks your email, removing any spam it finds. Like other spam filtering programs that utilize this approach (as opposed to direct integration into your email client), this can cause problems for you if you use the same email account from different locations, especially if you need to locate a legitimate email that was blocked accidentally.
This product had one very annoying feature. You have to click on the system tray to examine your spam, because it doesnt appear in the task bar, nor can you alt-tab to it.
After installing SpamButcher for the first time, we downloaded 96 spam emails and 4 legitimate emails from our test account. It quarantined 35 spam emails (36% accuracy) and also blocked all of our legitimate email. Not a good start.
After recovering our blocked email, we then imported an additional 291 spam email and 15 legitimate emails. SpamButcher quarantined 122 of them (42%) and allowed 11 of the legitimate emails to pass through. This wasnt nearly as good as other products we tested.
The product was light on features. It does not have a community feature nor some of the more advanced algorithms that our other top ranked products have.
Spam Butcher provided average protection against spam. It is a light on features and higher priced than other more effective products.
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