McAfee.com Unveils ‘SpamKiller’ for Consumers and Businesses
Powerful New Service Based on Award-Winning Technology Blocks Unwanted Messages and Tracks Down Spammers
SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —
McAfee.com (Nasdaq: MCAF), a leading provider of managed Web security services today launched McAfee.com SpamKiller, a managed service that helps PC users block unsolicited messages (“spam”) from entering their email inboxes. SpamKiller helps stop spam email, tracks the mail back to the source ISP and sends complaints to the spammer’s service provider, while automatically returning a false “bounced” email message to the spammer. Based on highly-acclaimed technology, this new service gives consumers and small/medium businesses (SMBs) a powerful and cost-effective desktop solution to solve a fast-growing Internet nuisance.
“Small to medium-sized businesses and consumers lack the resources to implement costly and impractical corporate-level anti-spam solutions,” said Atri Chatterjee, vice president, worldwide marketing, McAfee.com. “SpamKiller is the perfect alternative for SMBs and consumers who require an effective solution to protect their PCs against the growing spam problem at a reasonable cost.”
McAfee.com SpamKiller connects directly to a user’s POP3 or MAPI-compatible email account and scans all incoming messages for addresses of known spammers. SpamKiller then employs advanced filtering protocols that examine the subject line, body of text, message header and country code for trigger words or phrases commonly found in spam. Once detected, the spam is automatically barred from the user’s inbox.
In addition to the deletion of the mail, SpamKiller automatically returns a false “bounced” email message to the spam generator, signaling that the address is inactive. Spammers will often respond by “scrubbing” their lists of such addresses, helping to spare users from future mailings and saving them from the hassle of having to unsubscribe from multiple email lists.
SpamKiller also retraces the route of the spam message back to the mail server and can be configured to automatically send a complaint on the recipient’s behalf to the spammer’s service provider, system administrators, or any other address the user chooses.
As a safeguard against the deletion of legitimate email, users may create a “Friends” list that specifies addresses from which email should never be blocked. Furthermore, email that is blocked is archived for 30 days so that it may be referred to if necessary. SpamKiller’s multiple methods of detecting spam combined with these built-in safeguards to prevent the deletion of legitimate email make it a highly accurate and effective tool to protect users’ email boxes from spam pollution.
SpamKiller joins the McAfee.com Privacy Service in the company’s line of anti-abuse offerings designed to give users powerful Web-based tools to use against unwanted, obtrusive and inappropriate Internet content. McAfee.com SpamKiller is currently available for a special introductory price of $29.95 (USD). For more information on SpamKiller and to purchase, visit: www.mcafee.com
McAfee.com Corporation is a world-leading provider of managed Web security, optimization and maintenance services. Using a patented system and process of delivering software through an Internet browser, McAfee.com has redefined how software is developed, delivered and experienced by PC users at home and at work, virtually eliminating the need to install, configure and manage the technology on a local PC or network. McAfee.com hosts software application services on its vast technology infrastructure and provides these services to users online through its Web site www.mcafee.com. McAfee.com has signed up more than 1.5 million paid active subscribers, making it one of the largest paid subscription sites on the Internet. The company estimates that 30% of its subscriber base is international.
For more information, contact McAfee.com at 408-992-8100 or visit http://www.mcafee.com.
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