Spam Buster review
Nor can it match the out-of-the-box success of something like InBoxer (www.inboxer.com), which has a negligible false-positive rate from the word go. Spam Buster flagged just about everything as spam during our initial testing, but despite our best efforts, we never once managed to get the false-positive rate down below a disappointing 9.8 per cent. The A-Listed F-Secure Internet Security Suite had a false-positive score of 2.7 per cent when tested, and the Outlook-integrated InBoxer just 0.4 per cent.
Where we can praise Spam Buster is for its excellent statistical reporting: pie charts of spam percentages, graphs showing spam trends, users and domains that have spammed you most, and even a historical archive of all spam received with details of dates, senders and subjects. But even if the spam detection itself wasn’t so over-zealous, these historical logs are useless without a built-in search function or an export facility. There’s no mail-client integration either, as Spam Buster is a standalone application polling your mailboxes, displaying them for assessment before deleting from the server and firing up your mail client for spam-free collection.
But even if you accept this additional mail-process layer, it’s beaten to the punch by the far superior MailWasher (www.mailwasher.net). Spam Buster can poll only a maximum of 12 POP3 mailboxes (no webmail support here) – in itself something of a limitation, but one that’s made more serious because you can’t poll them simultaneously. Given this, it’s quicker to delete spam from your inbox using the delete key.