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Blocking Spam from International Senders in Windows Vista Mail

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I don’t personally use the Windows Mail client that comes with Windows Vista, but while I was researching how to use it to access my Gmail locally, I discovered a nice option in the Junk Email Options pane.

A large amount of the spam that I get consists of mail coming from all sorts of international domains. Since I don’t have many close friends that live in other countries, I really don’t need to see any email from most of those domains, at least not on my personal accounts.

To block all of that spam mail from hitting your inbox, open Windows Mail and go to the Tools \ Junk Mail Options item. Click the International tab, and you should see this screen:


There are two seperate ways that you can block international spam: First, you can block the domains themselves by selecting them here. If you do the Select All option, you should be warned that .US is also in that list.


You can also choose to block message encodings. I blocked all of the asian message encodings, because I definitely can’t read those languages, and about 1/10th of the spam I get these days is encoded in one of those types. Again, be careful about doing the Select All option or you will end up blocking all email from everybody.


Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/24/06

Comments (4)

  1. Michael Baiad

    Please help. I am using Windows Vista Business on a Sony Laptop. I am unable to send emails from any of three sources…Pegasus, Eudora, or Windows Mail. I can receive emails but simply cannot send them. They either time out or give me a message that it was refused by the host. Any suggestions for assistance would be most gratefully appreciated. Thanks again.

  2. whs

    “Since I don’t have any close friends that live in other countries, I really don’t need to see any email from anywhere else.”
    Does that mean that sending Emails to you from Europe will not work and is regarded as Spam in your system?

  3. The Geek


    I was referring to my personal account when I wrote this article… in fact I didn’t even have an email address for the geek account back then.

    I updated the article to reflect that more clearly. Thanks for pointing it out.

  4. Yolanda

    My windows Internet Explorer main page sometimes gets crazy and it will keep on opening more of the same main window over and over. I tried to act fast to delete but it downloads faster than I can delete, so I have to turn the computer off…I have a feeling someone is trying to get through my computer and it is not a good feeling..My Dell came downloaded with Spyware and I now have Norton’s 360. The Norton window tries to tell me to “backup”. I did that last week. Now it is trying again. The dics I got (CD-Rs) are not working with the downloads. They are brand new, yet it will not accept the downloads..these are 2 issues which are driving me nuts…any help? Thank you.

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