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My variant of the rule...
Authored by: wOOge on Sep 05, '03 10:30:33AM
[As I posted on axonz.com]

I created a simpler mail rule to filter out the junk.You will need Apple Mail.app for Mac OS X for this tip, but you could apply the same technique to other mail clients.

To be on the safe side:
Create a new mailbox subfolder called "Suspected Viruses" so that tagged mail can be stored there, and later quickly see if valid e-mail was tagged, and then delete/mark as junk the rest.

Now to create the rule:
  • Open Mail.app's preferences, and click on rules
  • Create a new rule and call it what ever you want (i called it "Mr. Clean")
  • Add the following 2 new headers to the headers list:
    • X-Mailer
    • Content-Type

  • Next make the following changes to the rule (omit quotes):
    • if ALL of the following are met:
    • Content-Type > Begins with > "multipart/mixed"
    • X-Mailer > Contains > "Microsoft"
    • Subject > Contains > "Re:"
    • Sender is not in my Address Book

  • Set the action to transfer the tagged mail to the "Suspected Viruses" mailbox created in step one.

Save and close the rule, and preferences.

What will this do?
This rule will check to see if the unwanted e-mail was sent from a PC, with multiple formats included (attachments) with the word "Re:" in the subject (as most of the most recent viruses do), and ensure that the e-mail is not from someone in you're address book.

Since it's unlikely that someone you know will use a foreign e-mail address to send you a file, this rule is quite effective.

YMMV - Good Luck!



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