With a little bit of time and patience on your part, it is possible to reclaim your inbox. I was at a point where I would receive over 100 junk e-mails per day – by the time I’d finished deleting them all I wouldn’t even want to read the ones from my friends. I made up my mind to stop ignoring the problem and start fixing it, and less than a month and a half later I was down to less than 10 per week. Now, I simply keep up by unsubscribing as they arrive, and I have my inbox to myself again. You can, too!
Many junk emails come with two unsubscribe links one for the particular ad and one for the big company-which probably will unsubscribe you from many ads
Most find that many different junk e-mails can come from the same source. Once you start “unsubscribing” from these e-mails, you’ll begin to notice that some of the unsubscribe pages look the same. For that reason, I recommend that you tackle your junk mail on a weekly basis. Tackle e-mails 5 or 6 at a time, give it a week, and repeat the process.
If you cancel a subscription, and mail keeps coming, it may be necessary to add the junk mail’s sender or domain to your blocked list. This may not always work, however. See the warnings below. A lot of spam senders will randomize the “From” section, so you can’t block just one. (For example, you may get an email -which is really spam- from Sk8tr92 and then the same email from the same spam people that says it is from Sk8tr49)
Survey Sites tend to generate a lot of junk mail. While many people use surveys as a great part-time source of extra income, signing up for surveys, free gifts, free drawings, etc. often distributes your e-mail to tens of unwanted mailing lists.
Try to keep your junk mail to a minimum by not giving your e-mail address to anybody that you don’t know, trust, or use for business purposes like your bank, business websites, etc.
When unsubscribing, the “E-mail Removal Form” is a very popular method for most sponsors. I would recommend that you copy your e-mail address to the clipboard of your PC (by highlighting your typed e-mail address, right clicking, and selecting ‘copy’), and when you encounter one of these forms, right-click in the space that asks for your e-mail, and click ‘paste’. This keeps you from typing your address over and over again.
There are tools that help you unsubscribe from unwanted emails. Such as www.unsubscribe.com. They will add a button to your email client that will seek out the best method of taking you off the unwanted email.
THIS MAY NOT WORK!!!! It could in fact increase the amount of spam that you get. Some spamers use unsubscribe links to make sure that the email is “live.” Use caution when using this method. It is recommended to NEVER respond to or open spam.
With viruses running rampant today you never can be too careful about your e-mail protection. Generally speaking, your PC will not contract a virus from simply viewing an email. Do notopen any attachments inside your junk mail. If it can be avoided, do not click on any of the graphics or links contained within the e-mail either. These links can direct you to pop-ups or other junk advertisements.
Be extra careful when you decide to add senders or domains to your “blocked” list. Some junk mail can come from “friendly” domains like gmail.com, or hotmail.com. It’s more than likely that at least one of your friends uses one of these common e-mail servers, so if you block the entire domain they wont be able to contact you, either!
Before unsubscribing to an e-mail, make sure to read the disclaimer thoroughly. Sometimes other links, in addition to the “unsubscribe” link, are contained in the disclaimer, and the last thing you want to do is click on the wrong one!