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Filter [SPAM] e-mails on PC

In the continuing effort to fight spam, ITS makes use of a filter on the GroupWise server. Currently there is a list of known spammers that automatically get blocked, but as new spammers arise everyday (sometimes by the minute) and before these new ones can get added to the list, their spam may get through. Also, some mail may not get blocked but allowed through for the end-user to decide whether or not they want it. You'll know these e-mails because the word “Spam” will appear in square “[ ]” brackets in the Subject line of your incoming e-mail. You can choose to simply delete the ones you don't want right away or put a rule on your account to move them to the Trash, thereby giving you 10 days to look in your Trash to see if there's anything you want to retrieve before it's automatically deleted for good. Other options for this rule are included at the bottom of this page.

The following steps demonstrate how to set up a rule in GroupWise on a PC to look for these e-mails with [SPAM] in the Subject line and send them to the Trash.

From the main GroupWise window,

  • Click on Tools, Rules, New.

The New Rule dialog box displays.

New rule

  • Type in a descriptive name for the rule.

In the When event is section,

  • Make sure New Item and Received are selected.

In the If conditions are section,

  • Select the item types, (in this example Mail)

  • Click on the Define Conditions button.

The Define Conditions dialog box displays.

Define conditions

In the drop-down list under Include entries where

  • Select Subject.

  • Click on the button just to the right of that field with the double arrows.

A submenu of operators displays.


  • Click on the I-> Begins With option.

  • Click in the next field and type in the following text (not including quotes): “[SPAM]”

If you are getting mail from legitimate senders but it's getting marked with [SPAM], modify your rule to exclude those senders from your rule. Otherwise just click OK and continue on to the Add Action section.

  • Click on the End button and select And from the list.

A new row appears.

  • Select From for the first field.

  • Select Contains for the second field.

  • Type in the e-mail address of the person/organization from whom you want to receive mail directly to your Mailbox.

  • Click OK.

The final step is to set the action that will occur when GroupWise receives a [SPAM] mail.

  • Click on the Add Action button towards the bottom left of the window.

The Add Action menu displays.

Add action

  • Click on the Delete/Decline... option.

  • Click OK in the Decline with options dialog box.

  • Click Save in the New Rule dialog box.

The Rules box displays with the name of the new rule listed.

Make sure there is a check mark in the box next to the rule you just created in order to run the rule.


  • You can use this rule in conjunction with Junk Mail Handling but be aware that the rule takes precedence. Even if you "trust" a sender, if that e-mail gets marked with [SPAM] and you have this rule in place, the e-mail will get trashed (or sent to whatever folder you picked). If you opt to have your [SPAM] mail moved to the Junk Mail folder instead of deleting, you can set that folder to either automatically delete after a certain amount of days (your trash is set at the system level to delete after 10 days) or never, thereby giving you some time to check for legitimate e-mail.

  • Exclude specific senders. If you get mail from certain senders that gets makred with [SPAM] but you don't want them to be filtered out like the other [SPAM] mail, add this modification,

    • Add another row in the Define Conditions box.

    • Set the row to read From, Does Not Contain, (sender's email address).

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    • Page last updated 11/02/12. Send questions or comments to