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Explore the features of Junk-Out™:


Click on any feature for details

Direct Integration into Microsoft Outlook®
Keeping and Organizing ALL Your Incoming Mail
State-of-the-art Bayesian Filtering
One-Button Filter Training
Internal Mail Filters
Special Messages Recognition
One-Button Friends Designation
Use of Contacts and/or Address Book(s)
Frequent Correspondents Tracking
Automatic Housekeeping
Program and Filter Updates
Help for All Features
User-Specified Filters, with Testing Support
Configurable Bounce Message
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Junk-Out™ New Mail icon Direct Integration into Microsoft Outlook® Junk-Out™ New Mail icon

Junk-Out™ extends Microsoft Outlook® for junk mail filtering, so it's there only when you need it, and always when you want it:

  • An icon in the System Tray lets you know when you have messages you'll want to read
  • Animated icons tell you when Junk-Out™ is working, what it's doing, and what the results are - have a look!
  • Icons and flags explaining how Junk-Out™ has classified your messages are displayed with your other Outlook® message information
  • Junk-Out™'s toolbar is added into the Outlook® Menu Bar toolbar, and you can reach its Help and About information
    from Outlook®'s Help menu - have a look!
  • You can use the Junk-Out™ toolbar in both Explorer (folder) and Inspector (message) windows - have a look!
  • You can find your junk mail any time, directly from the Outlook® Shortcuts Bar
  • You can access many of Junk-Out™'s commonly used features directly from its icon in the System Tray - have a look!

Junk-Out™ Pro version Icon Professional Version:

Using the Professional Version, you can also:

  • Choose which of Junk-Out™'s extensions to Outlook® you want to use - have a look!
  • Optionally include those you identify in Outlook® as 'Junk Mail Senders' in Junk-Out™'s junk mail filters

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Junk-Out™ System Tray icon Keeping and Organizing ALL Your Mail Junk-Out&trade System Tray icon

Junk-Out™ doesn't 'hide' or 'throw away any of your e-mail without explicit authority from you:

  • All messages classified as junk are moved automatically into the Junk Mail folder
  • You can review your junk mail at any time; Junk-Out™ puts a shortcut to the Junk Mail folder in the Outlook® Shortcuts bar automatically
  • Junk-Out™ moves any messages left in your Inbox which you classify as junk into the Junk Mail folder after confirmation from you

Junk-Out™ Pro Version icon Professional Version:

Using the Pro Version, you can also:

  • Configure the name and location of the Junk Mail folder - Junk-Out™ updates the Outlook® Shortcuts bar automatically
  • Direct Junk-Out™ to move junk mail directly to the Deleted Items folder
  • Choose a period of time after which Junk-Out™ considers messages in the junk mail folder to be 'expired'
  • Configure what Junk-Out™ does with expired junk mail
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Junk-Out™ Filter Selected Items icon State-of-the-art Bayesian Filtering Junk-Out™ Filter Selected Items icon

Junk-Out™ uses statistical ( Bayesian ) techniques to classify each e-mail message as 'junk', 'possible junk' or 'not junk'. In principle, this means that Junk-Out™ scans the content of each message's body and header, then uses past experience of 'good', 'bad' and 'neutral' words
in both junk and non-junk messages to arrive at an overall probability for the current message being junk. It then uses probability thresholds to classify each message. To make this possible:

  • Junk-Out™ includes a 'seed vocabulary' of over 30,000 'bad' words to provide initial 'past experience' to the filter
  • Junk-Out™ tailors Bayesian filtering to your individual e-mail style. Use the Start Up Wizard to provide the initial 'past experience' of non-junk mail from your Sent Items, and other folders you choose as good examples
  • Junk-Out™'s Bayesian / content-based filter goes on learning as long as you go on using it. Junk-Out™ adapts to changes in your own e-mail style and to the ever-changing stratagems used by junk e-mailers

You can read more about Bayesian / content-based e-mail filtering in articles by Paul Graham, Gary Robinson, and Greg Louis, whose work is gratefully acknowledged by The Office Maven.


Junk-Out™ Pro Version icon Professional Version:

Using the Pro Version, you can also:

  • See how the Bayesian / content-based filter has analysed an individual message - have a look!
  • Access details of the Bayesian / content-based filter - have a look!
  • Review statistics on its content and performance - have a look!

Experts can change the statistical model used in filtering, adjust junk mail thresholds, and even remove
words from the filter - have a look!

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Junk-Out™ Mark as Non-Junk button One-Button Filter Training Junk-Out™ Mark as Junk button

The Bayesian / content-based e-mail filtering method can produce a small number of false positives (innocent messages appearing to be junk mail) and false negatives (junk messages not identified by the filter). If Junk-Out™ gets it wrong, it's important that you add to the 'experience' of the filter by 'training' it.
You use:

  • One button on the toolbar to train the filter with a junk message
  • One button on the toolbar to train the filter with a non-junk message

You can even use the buttons to train the filter with 'old' messages.

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Junk-Out™ Filtering icon Internal Mail Filters Junk-Out™ Filtering icon

Junk e-mailers have lots of tricks! TOM knows that there are a number of ways that they work to avoid detection by programs like Junk-Out™. To foil the bad guys, Junk-Out™ includes internal filters to catch junk mail ploys designed to get past Bayesian / content-based filters, and classifies messages which use them as junk mail.


Junk-Out™ Pro Version icon Professional Version:

Using the Pro Version, you can also:

  • Turn off Junk-Out™'s internal filters
  • Configure what Junk-Out™ does with messages identified by these filters
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Junk-Out™ Accept-It message icon Special Messages Recognition Junk-Out™ Accept-It message icon

Some types of e-mail are always accepted as 'non-junk' by Junk-Out™, regardless of their content, on the assumption that any message so carefully prepared requires your attention. These are:

  • Digitally signed messages
  • Encrypted messages

Junk-Out™ Pro Version icon Professional Version:
Using the Pro Version, you can choose to have Junk-Out™ filter these types of messages also.

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Junk-Out™ Friends button One-Button Friends Designation Junk-Out™ Friends button

Never miss a message from a friend:

  • One click on the Junk-Out™ toolbar identifies a friendly sender
  • E-mail from friends is never filtered, so you see their messages regardless of content
  • Use the same button to manage your Friends list as needed - have a look!

Junk-Out™ Pro Version icon Professional Version:

Using the Pro Version, you can manage your Friends list directly using the Junk-Out™ Options - have a look!

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Junk-Out™ Friends button Use of Contacts and/or Address Book(s) Junk-Out™ Friends button

Use your existing Outlook® Contacts and/or Address Book(s) to ensure you always see messages you need in your Inbox:

  • Use the Getting Started Wizard to load Contacts and Addresses
  • Thereafter, Junk-Out™ refreshes its list of your Contacts and Addresses automatically each day when you start Microsoft Outlook®

Junk-Out™ Pro Version icon Professional Version:

Using the Pro Version, you can also:

  • Load Contacts and Address Book(s) any time
  • Change which Lists Junk-Out™ refreshes
  • Configure the automatic refresh period
  • Refresh the Lists in Junk-Out™ on demand
  • Adjust Junk-Out™'s Lists as required
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Junk-Out™ Frequent Correspondents message icon Frequent Correspondents Tracking Junk-Out™ Frequent Corespondents message icon

Junk-Out™ helps you to handle your e-mail correspondence efficiently, keeping track of whom you reply to, and ensuring that their messages stay in your Inbox, by:

  • Marking anyone you reply to twice within 14 days as a Frequent Correspondent
  • Automatically 'promoting' your Frequent Correspondents to Friends after 5 replies

Junk-Out™ Pro Version icon Professional Version:

Using the Pro Version, you can also:

  • Choose the criteria Junk-Out™ uses to define a Frequent Correspondent
  • Manage the Frequent Correspondents list
  • Review the status of your Frequent Correspondents
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Junk-Out™ Housekeeping icon Automatic Housekeeping Junk-Out™ Housekeeping icon

The most important housekeeping Junk-Out™ can do for you is to keep Junk-Out™ of your Inbox!
However, to make sure that its features stay current and efficient, Junk-Out™ also:

  • Compacts and repairs your junk mail database roughly every other time you start Microsoft Outlook®
  • Refreshes your Contact/Address Book(s) Friends list from the sources you chose each day when you first enter Microsoft Outlook®
  • Cleans up your Frequent Correspondents list by removing any correspondents you haven't replied to in the last 180 days
  • Cleans up your Bayesian / content-based filter's dictionary every 30 days, removing any words which have not received 'hits' in the last 90 days
  • Allows you to filter new mail already in your Inbox but not previously scanned by Junk-Out™ each time Microsoft Outlook® is launched
    (of particular value to Microsoft Exchange Server users)

Junk-Out™ Pro Version icon Professional Version:

Using the Pro Version, you can also:

  • Turn all automatic housekeeping functions on and off, and choose the frequency of each one
  • Perform each housekeeping function on demand, and/or selectively
  • Delete expired messages in the junk mail folder on demand
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Junk-Out™ Automatic Updates icon Program and Filter Updates Junk-Out™ Automatic Updates icon

TOM wants to be sure you're always getting the best service from Junk-Out™:

  • All users can check and/or download the latest version of the program from the About window Update page
  • Licensed users of the Basic Version automatically get free program updates every 30 days and
    free filter updates every 14 days when available

Junk-Out™ Pro Version icon Professional version:

Using the Pro Version, you can also:

  • Configure the intervals at which Junk-Out™ checks automatically for program and filter updates - have a look!
  • Check for program and/or filter updates on demand
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Junk-Out™ Help button Help for All Features Junk-Out™ User Guide icon

Junk-Out™ includes extensive Help for all its features, at both the Basic and Pro levels. You can use the Help to:

  • Understand what Junk-Out™ does, why, and when it does it
  • See what to enter, and what your choices are, when completing fields in Wizards and other menus
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Junk-Out™ Create User Filter button User-Specified Filters, with Testing Support Junk-Out™ Create User Filter button
Junk-Out™ Pro Version icon (Professional Version ONLY)

In the Pro Version, Wizards help you to define your own junk mail filters, and the action Junk-Out™ takes when your conditions are met, for various parts of e-mail messages as follows:

  • Sender
  • Subject
  • Body
  • Header
  • Country of origin


Have a look!


You can also test your filters on messages you've already received with one click of a button on the Pro Version Advanced Toolbar

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Junk-Out™ Send Bounce Message button Configurable Bounce Message Junk-Out™ Send Bounce Message button
Junk-Out™ Pro Version icon (Professional Version ONLY)

Using the Pro Version, you can:

  • Define conditions under which message is bounced back to the junk mail sender (a Bounce message)
  • Use Junk-Out™'s pre-defined Bounce Message, or choose one of your own
  • Choose the recipient(s) of your Bounce Message
  • Define and choose which of your accounts sends the Bounce Message by default


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