How to eliminate picture spam using Thunderbird

If you’re using the Mozilla Thunderbird EMail client you can use mail filters to eliminate all the dangerous picture spam. I created a mail rule to delete anything with an image in it, that is from someone I don’t know.
Here are step by step instructions:

Goto the menu, hit ‘Tools’, ‘Message Filters’, then the ‘New’ button.
Select the option ‘Match all of the following’
On the first line:

  1. In the first box choose ‘Body’.
  2. In the second box choose ‘contains’
  3. In the third box enter ‘Content-Type: image/gif’

This catches the embedded images.
Hit the ‘+’ button next to the first line to get a second line.
On the second line:

  1. In the first box choose ‘From’.
  2. In the second box choose ‘isn’t in my address book’
  3. In the third box choose ‘Personal Address Book’

If you’re in any mailing lists that send pictures you’ll have to do one more step:
Hit the ‘+’ button next to the first line to get a third line.
On the third line:

  1. In the first box choose ‘Reply-to’.
  2. In the second box choose ‘doesn’t contain’
  3. In the third box enter the email address of the mailing list

At the bottom of the window choose the option ‘Delete this message’. (alternately you can move it to the trash folder, then you have the option of looking in the trash folder if you want to make sure the messages are really spam).

Hit the ‘ok’ button and you’re done.
Don’t forget that this email rule only applies to the account you had selected when you created it. If you have more than one you’ll have to do it for that account too. Hey Moz-dev! How about an option to copy and paste rules????

Have a good one šŸ™‚

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One Response to “How to eliminate picture spam using Thunderbird”

  1. Andy Brice Says:

    I was trying to work out how to do this. Thanks!

    Ps/ Don’t forget to set the check box to ‘match all of the following’.

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