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  1. I would start with the basics for email and work up from there for HTML and Word as the editor. Drop all the settings back to Plain Text for viewing/reading email as well as when creating one (separate settings for both) and see if that displays the text when replying to an email.

    Some setups may block images in HTML messages or certain content also. Is there an Anti-Virus/Anti-spam program running that is blocking this? Does the user have webmail and does text appear when replying to this certain email (webmail will usually be plain text for the most part hopefully).

    Create a duplicate Outlook account on another machine and see if is it machine-specific or profile-specific. Then you will know if you need to repair Outlook or the profile or settings within Outlook. Good luck.

  2. I wanted to have both mxdrop25.xs4all.nl and zhaum.xs4all.nl configured as mailhost. <snip> I would have expected them to be two different mailhosts?

    AFIK, mailhosts are different from hostnames. Your hostname could be [company_name.org] and be nowhere close to the same as the mailhost [mxdrop25.xs4all.nl]. Hostnames are registered and can be searched in a whois database, etc. Mailhosts are also listed but are more or less defined to be any name that the email server may use.

    For example, I registered a Comcast.net account and it lists no less than 95 mailhosts (and 95 relaying IPs). I only listed a single email address but it found all of those automatically. Now if I report anything from that Comcast.net account it can make sure it is not spam when any of those 95 hosts are matched in the header. Email with HostGator shows about 35 mailhosts. Yahoo is insane - it has about 2,000 mailhosts.

    Hopefully this clears things up a bit.

  3. Good tips. Also, a soft reset is a good way to clear out some things on the phone as well. For the Windows Mobile version I have found that browsing and email downloading/sending is much faster if you periodically clear out the "Temp IE files." To do this go to the File Explorer and browse to the folder "MyDevice / Windows / Profiles / guest / Temporary IE Files / Content.IE5" and delete only the folders listed, select "Yes" to delete them and then "Yes to all" for the system files (the "Yes to all" is the middle button which usually gets obscured behind the on-screen keyboard icon).

  4. There were (IIRC) just 2 posts, both by the O/P (Darren S) in the topic merged with this one. The first of those is in place (preceding the original topic starter - cherrick - in 'this' topic). But I don't see/can't tell about the second - nothing now seen seems to fit?

    Thanks Farelf and Wazoo. The order might be wacky because my post in the Reporting Help section was at 16:20 and appears as the first post here which was actually by cherrick and my second post in the other topic was at 16:46 I think. It all accomplishes the same thing though. I see that both of my posts with links go to to a dead link now, since the topic was merged to this one.

    Moderator Edit: removed the now-nonexistent URL .. see no reason to leave it for the search engine bots.

  5. I so rarely get the opportunity to forward an email to my spam reporting account (normally it lands in my Held Email bin and it is Quick Reporting after that). I submitted an email to my SC account at 15:58 ET and it arrived in my SC webmail at about 16:00. I followed the link but it didn't find accurate headers so I manually pasted it into the Outlook workaround form. This worked and I was ready to send the report when it took 2-3 minutes before I stopped it. I tried to login to webmail and it was unresponsive (timed out). Shall I just try again? I didn't want the same partial-report to get stuck mid-stream somewhere but also didn't want to lose it since it is being reported from my business email and I wanted to get the report emailed back to our Owner for his records.

  6. Heh, I was thinking more long-term like someone searching the Forum down the road who might find some quick tips on how to speed up their own browser. For the quick answer though - it is not slow on my machine but YMMV and if it was fast once it may one day again be fast but if Yahoo is slow then it is most likely not the SpamCop Forum.

    I am always picking up helpful tips though (I had forgotten about the command "netsh" until a recent post reminded me about it). Sorry if I gave tips you already know but it sounds like they were a good general recommendation if you agreed to similar diagnosing steps.

    edit: Spybot: Search and Destroy and apparently more importantly the extensive hosts file created as part of that protection appears to be the cause of this issue. Removing SpyBot: S&D and the hosts entries has returned the expected performance. I have used SpyBot for years, but this was a new version I installed this time.

    Good catch. They recently came out with Spybot v1.6 and I too have been using this for years and it is currently installed on my machine and not slowing down the browsing. I will remember this for other clients of mine when disabling the Google Toolbar doesn't solve it.

    I'm sure you didn't have to remove all of Spybot though. I have lately been using its Schedule feature to do a daily automatic update and then shortly thereafter a daily automatic scan that fixes all problems and then closes the program. I have encountered no issues with that program. I have not needed to tweak it either since I have not had issues but somewhere in the settings might be what you need.

    Do you run both add-on features: IE protection (SDHelper) and System settings protection (TeaTimer) or just the IE protection or neither? I used to have TeaTimer running so I would not have any rogue items modifying the registry. I have had that disabled for a while now and found it interfered with some A/V programs and other items on the computer.

    Thanks for clearing up the issue though and good luck.

  7. For the last week, my browsing of this forum has seemed to be very slow. I am using Vista Ultimate with IE7 and each new page seems to wait a while <snip>

    Most of my other browsing has been unaffected. I say most because Yahoo has been slow as well, but I have not noticed a problem on any of my other browsing or activities. <snip>

    To take a page out of Wazoo's past posts ... "Way too much guessing going on here, Steven. We need some specifics please." <smirk>

    I just tested this as a Guest and when Logged in and both were the same with about a 1.0 second response time from when I clicked on a Forum topic to when it displayed the posts. How long is yours taking?

    Anyway, let me try to get this resolved for you.

    1. Did these pages used to load quickly?
    2. What software/hardware changes have been made in the last 1-2 weeks?
    3. What are your specific machine details including: CPU, RAM, PC type, OS and Service Pack, etc. (type "dxdiag" at the Run command for this info)?
    4. What browsing are you using?

    Assuming you are on a high-speed connection and that it used to be fast in the past and using the fact that Yahoo is also slow there might be something we can do to fix it. Try these steps below and let me know if any of them resolve the slow-browsing issue. I work mainly with PCs with XP so let me know if it is a Mac. Your Vista will have its own places for things but I might be able to help as well (enable things like "Network discovery" and enable/disable "User Access Control" or whatever it is called in Vista).

    1. Restart in "Safe Mode with Networking" (on a PC press the F8 key when starting to get the option screen)
    2. Enable all Cookies, increase the Cache for temp files, disable all Pop-up blockers or make sure that any "block Cookie" options are removed from previous settings
    3. Turn off any browser toolbars (Google's toolbar has been known to slow down browser response)
    4. Disable any Anti-Virus program that is running and quit all other programs
    5. Try another browser on your machine or another machine on your network
    6. Change your DNS (or flush it first, change it, close and open your browser, load the Forum, press Ctrl-F5 to do a full reload of the page)

    I use a home-built PC with XP Pro SP3, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.40 GHz CPU, 4 GB RAM, ATI Radeon X1650 video card with 512 MB video RAM at 1680x1050 resolution, high-speed Cable Internet, Firefox 3.0.1, AVG Internet Security 8.0, block all cookies in Firefox but have allowed all cookies for SpamCop webmail and SpamCop Forums, block pop-ups in Firefox. That is overkill for simple web-browsing but that was not the PC's original intent.

    Let me know how any of those fair to speed up the browsing.

  8. Greetings. I'm not sure where to post this but a SpamCop Admin suggested the "CodeBase Changes" forum but I can't locate that at this time. I recently made a post and the auto-email generated from my post has a misspelled word toward the bottom. It says, "If you have configured in your control panel to recieve immediate topic reply notifications ..." but "recieve" should be spelled "receive." Can this be corrected by someone? Thanks in advance.

  9. Thanks so much for the prompt and accurate feedback. I just reported my 56,000th spam and was trying to see roughly what the increase in volume was for even the general SpamCop community. Yes these references helped and thanks so much.

    I also used the "Way Back Machine" from archive.org to find an old web page of mine from circa 2002. Super!

  10. Ironically, I was just discussing this with my boss and lo and behold I received one today. It was a text message to my cell phone though looks like it was sent from an email account. Any ideas how to combat these or gather more information about them? Can the cell phone carrier find the "Header" of the text message even though I can not?

    My text message has a "From" address of Staton[at]micastillo.com with a txt of, "(IDGI) wondering if ya wanted some 1 to chat with online Samantha.weveonlyforg. com" (I left the space between the "." and the "com" as that is how it appears and might help someone else if they search here).

    "micastillo.com" points to which is an account from CWIE, LLC in Tempe, AZ with a "good" status while "weveonlyforg.com" points to which is a Comcast account in NJ and noted as "poor" (i.e. lots of RBL listings). I'm sure if I make my "Reply To" email as "bgates[at]microsoft.com" then

    that this is how it will appear in a text message but I haven't tested this but I am assuming the email address I received is not valid but spoofed.

    I understand Verizon Wireless (my carrier) has a place to sign up in order to not receive any text messages from an email source but sometimes I will actually email my phone or others will so I don't want to eliminate that option until necessary.

  11. DavidT - Thanks for the tip about Pidgin. I just downloaded it and see some additional features that Trillian did not have (such as the "Only allow users on my Buddy list to contact me"). It also incorporates a great many more IM clients such as Google and MySpace and these were separate programs from Trillian that I had to run so now I *finally* have an all-in-one chat client.

    The AIM options actually allow use of their proxy server for file transfers and direct IM which, although it may be slower, does not reveal your real IP address. Interesting. Thanks again.

    Sidenote: I received a spam email sent to my cell phone today and don't know how to capture any "header" details about it. Darn they are getting good now. Time to go have a talk with Verizon tomorrow.

  12. I use the Trillian Basic chat program on my machine which has an AOL IM and a Yahoo IM account setup. I only receive spim on the Yahoo account and only over the last few months. I have record of it back to 02/04/2008 and since then have received 17 of them or about 3-4 a week (though I don't always keep Yahoo IM open 24x7).

    I don't know if upgrading to full Trillian would help or if they provide other blocks that are not in the free program. I also haven't contacted Yahoo about this yet as it was only a minor annoyance at the time of once every other week but not that it is happening several times a week it is a hassle and I might also be able to help our customers and clients who might also have this problem or be proactive in even preventing them from receiving it.

    They all seem to have a similar layout to what Devilwolf described but all of mine tend to have the same layout of the name (shown at the bottom). Also, my IMs are sometimes in the form of:

    • amy_qw5o2n4: ycz check out my hobby in website :-) shhhh http://www [dot] JENNYSPROFILE [dot] com
    • alleyndsrgr: egm he<blue>y, <black>I ju<black>st p<red>ut <red>a pi<orange>c o<blue>n we<green>bsit<blue>e!

    Usernames that I have noticed are:

    • matthiewjwifdhaj
    • ellynnwitzz
    • anjelazgeniaz
    • daisizjannellez
    • debeezhildegardez
    • deloriazwilonez
    • gerrizgaylez
    • joscelinzmayz
    • julesalzzonenrfekrm
    • melisandrazbonniez
    • sianazcasseyz
    • stacyzhelsaz
    • timzrubiz
    • giraudwmcvk
    • alleyndsrgr
    • amy_qw5o2n4
    • yesenia_ws53

  13. Agreed, Farelf, and I'm glad my post may help others resolve their issues also. I did not see a reference to this issue or the ordb.org problem when I searched the Forum so I ended up posting about it. It is not directly related to the SCbl itself but more along the lines of the "Blocking List" tab from the main page where you search for a domain as that is where our client's webmail "manufacturer" IP was listed. It was never listed in the bl.spamcop.net area but since one can't search the relays.ordb.org list anymore it seemed appropriate to post here.

  14. I had a client notify us yesterday (03/26/2008) that they have not received any inbound email all day but were able to send email. I searched for their domain in bl.spamcop.net but it was not listed. Their ISP noted that none of their ports were blocked. They were using MDaemon 7.4.3 (from Alt-N Technologies and the webmail was WorldClient mail). Anyway, when I searched for the Alt-N domain it WAS listed in bl.spamcop.net.

    I still could not determine the issue for the inbound email stoppage. Their ISP suggested I look on the ordb.org page to see if we were listed. I had remembered that this site was dead and a quick search returned the information below; however, when I found the results today I noticed there was an updated note dated yesterday (03/26/2008) which indicated that "ORDB has 'listed the entire world' " meaning ANY inbound email was getting blocked. Once this defunct blocklist was removed from the MDaemon settings the inbound email once again started to arrive.

    I could determine one issue here and it was the MDaemon version was several levels old (current version is 9.3.x) and probably does not have the erroneous blocklist set as the default anymore. It was a good discovery so if anybody else has this blocklist in their settings then it could be preventing all inbound email.

    --Darren S


    Sunday, February 04, 2007

    Status of relays.ordb.org: DEAD

    Created by Thomas Jensen in 2001, the Open Relay Database (ORDB) was one of the multitude of open relay spam blacklists to come about in the wake of the legal troubles of Alan Brown and his New Zealand-based ORBS blacklist.

    The ORDB service ceased operation on December 18, 2006. The website was retired on December 31, 2006.

    The website indicated that blocking open relays is no longer as effective as it once was.

    "It's been a case of a long goodbye as very little work has gone into maintaining ORDB for a while. Our volunteer staff has been pre-occupied with other aspects of their lives. In addition, the general consensus within the team is that open relay RBLs are no longer the most effective way of preventing spam from entering your network as spammers have changed tactics in recent years, as have the anti-spam community.â€

    If you have checks against relays.ordb.org configured in your mail server or spam filtering software, please stop querying the list immediately. Use of the list will no longer block any unwanted spam, and the nameservers listed in the domain registration are likely overwhelmed with traffic. This is especially heightened due to the fact that the list was in wide, popular use, and also that it was so recently retired.

    3/26/08 Update: ORDB has "listed the entire world" -- returning any query with a "listed" response. The result is that if you still have ORDB in your mail server config files, you're now blocking 100% of your inbound mail. For anyone still trying to "use" ORDB, you're not going to receive any inbound mail until you disable queries to it.

  15. (pre-grin for the snippy bits) Now don't ask for me to go and have them clarify it and then balk at the answer, Steve T (and it is common practice in all my other forums to use someone's screen name regardless what the signature reads). You are all more than welcome to contact them to have them clarify it for you personally as I'm sure they are more than willing to assist. <smirk>

  16. Turetzsr -- I received a response from Pobox.com about their bounced spam emails. Again, they have options for holding, flagging, bouncing, and ignoring a condition (blocklist) and I'm currently using the "hold" feature where I can release it to my SpamCop account and then report it or inspect it.

    "Messages which we 'bounce' using spam Protection are messages which our server simply rejects. This means that we do not generate bounce notifications, but the servers sending to us should instead. As the people on the forum you're at are probably aware, spammers generally don't generate Bounce Notifications, instead simply dropping rejections to their servers. We don't create a lot of bounced back spam, however." -- Pobox Customer Service

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