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How to automatically delete spam

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How to automatically delete spam rayc577 5/30/09 8:29 AM
I set up filters to delete spam and individual e-mail senders but they are not deleted when received.
I see where they will be deleted in 30 days, but why are they not deleted when they first arrive per the
filter that is set up? I have to go to the spam folder and select all to be deleted. This is a lot of trouble when the
filter is set up to delete already. Do you have to wait for the 30 days. There will be hundreds in the folder by then.
Re: How to automatically delete spam LMcKin51-Top Contributor 5/30/09 9:01 AM
rayc577,


You can delete them at any time by click delete all spam messages now link next to the 30 days notice. 
Re: How to automatically delete spam rayc577 5/30/09 9:01 PM
I know how to manually delete spam. My question is why do I have to delete it manually.
I set up the filter and select the delete option, but the spam is not deleted, it appears in the
spam folder just as if no filter is set up.  I have anywhere from 50 to way over a 100 e-mails
in the spam folder every day. Does the filter with option to delete not work??? Do I have to
still wait 30 days for it to be deleted? Thank anyone for an answer to this problem.
Re: How to automatically delete spam gravi_t 5/31/09 2:37 AM
My question is why do I have to delete it manually.
You don't, it's deleted automatically.


Does the filter with option to delete not work???
You shouldn't filter spam to Trash -- it will still stay in your account for 30 days plus it makes the spam filters less effective.


Do I have to still wait 30 days for it to be deleted?
Ahem.
Re: How to automatically delete spam vijaymiri 5/31/09 4:41 AM
hi
i am  using two aacount in gmail.from 2 years.from last 1 week i am not able not login 1 of my account.when i try login with my password i got an error.when i go through the forgot password link.i think it was hacked .i deside to change password .when try to reset my passwordi got responce like this.your account has been disabled.i am dont know why it was comming like that.this was  account very important for me.I take help from the google team.those people send me a mail but i am not able to understand that  mail .if any possible to login my disabled account .please give me detail discription or just send me the link i'll go through it.please help me i'll be very thank full .
 
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Re: How to automatically delete spam gxg 5/31/09 6:45 AM
@rayc577: how did you set up this filter? 

use:
Has the words: is:spam


ignore the warning about the filter not working, and them mark "delete it".
that worked for me for at least a year now.




Re: How to automatically delete spam gravi_t 5/31/09 7:22 AM
gxg,

That is probably the worst thing you can do.

1. deleting spam merely puts it in Trash, where it will still stay for 30 days, but now mixed with your own emails
2. the spam filters cannot analyse and adapt to the new kinds of spam

Use a "mark as read" filter instead. This will leave the messages in Spam until they are deleted automatically, and you won't see the unread count.
Re: How to automatically delete spam birdguy 6/1/09 11:31 PM
1) Lifehack.org recommends deleting:
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/20-ways-to-use-gmail-filters.html

2) I can manually click "Delete all spam messages now" any time I want and those messages will not be available for analysis.  So what's the diff?

Before all this stuff started, I was only getting a few spams per day, all going to the spam box.  I was checking my spam box once a day to see if there were any false positives.  I would then delete the all the spam and come back the next day.  What you're telling me is that I shouldn't be doing that but instead should leave the spam there for 30 days so gmail can analyze and adapt to new spam.  Having to look through 30 days of spam trying to spot false positives is ridiculous. 

If gmail wanted me to keep my spam for 30 days, they shouldn't have given me a way to delete it. 

Also, who cares that manually deleted spam is mixed with my own deleted emails?  Trash is trash.


Re: How to automatically delete spam gxg 6/2/09 4:11 AM
Gmail doesn't use the spam messages in your spam folders (or trash for that matter) to analyze spam patterns.
Since they arrive in the spam folder they are already flagged as spam.
The only thing you can do to help improve the filters is to report spam messages that get to your inbox rather than just deleting them.
This shows Google what messages they missed.
In my own experience, this is quite effective.
Re: How to automatically delete spam birdguy 6/2/09 8:58 AM
> Gmail doesn't use the spam messages in your spam folders (or trash for that matter) to analyze spam patterns

This is what I figured. It doesn't make sense to analyze email, then flag it as spam, then let it sit for a month so it can be analyzed further.
Re: How to automatically delete spam dpescio 6/11/09 8:04 AM
Emails in trash and spam folders are not deleted after 30 days anymore. Why?
I have to do it manually...
Re: How to automatically delete spam colion 7/12/09 4:18 AM
There is a lot of misinformation floating around about spam and the way Gmail handles it.
 
"Gmail doesn't use the spam messages in your spam folders (or trash for that matter) to analyze spam patterns."
 
1 - When Gmail identifies a message as spam it is put in the Spam folder.
2 - When a user identifies a message received as spam and marks it as spam it is put in the Spam folder and analyzed by Gmail's spam filter and subsequent deletion does not change the analysis.
3 - When a message is sent to ab...@gmail.com reporting spam it is analyzed by Gmail's spam filter.
4 - When a message is moved from the Spam folder to another Gmail's spam filter is told that the message is not spam and that information is incorporated in the filter's analysis.
 
"This is what I figured. It doesn't make sense to analyze email, then flag it as spam, then let it sit for a month so it can be analyzed further."
 
Messages identified as spam by Gmail or the user are left in the Spam folder presumably for 30 days before being automatically deleted - automatic deletion is not working for many/all users -  so that the user can review them and ensure that they are spam.  This is typically the way such filters and folders are run by others.  If the message is not spam the user moves them out of the Spam folder and Gmail's spam filter is notified that the message is OK.  The messages that are in the Spam folder are not analyzed further but are there for the convenience of the user. 
 
" I set up the filter and select the delete option, but the spam is not deleted, it appears in the
spam folder just as if no filter is set up."
 
Try also marking some of the other options besides "Delete It", including "Never send it to Spam"
 

 
Re: How to automatically delete spam gravi_t 7/12/09 4:28 AM
Re: How to automatically delete spam Pbenn 7/12/09 5:35 AM
Hello all,

I think the thread is getting off track. If I interpreted the question properly, the problem is that spam/trash is not deleting automatically after 30 days. I'm having the same problem. I have to manually delete my spam/trash because it doesn't do it automatically. You shouldn't have to set up a filter to do it; it's supposed to happen by default.
Re: How to automatically delete spam gravi_t 7/12/09 3:32 PM
Nope, the original poster wanted to know why spam is not deleted immediately, why is it there for 30 days. But I've seen discussions about the problem you're having too.
Re: How to automatically delete spam gyorpb 8/18/09 1:44 AM
No, the OP, like myself, wants to know why the action "delete" in a filter doesn't delete the email, but instead moves it to the Trash.
 
I get a lot of spam email in my Google Apps account(s), because they are also set up as catch-alls. Many of them come to non-existent addresses, for which I have created filters. Now, these filters just star these messages, so I can blindly select all starred mails in the Spam folder and delete them forever. This cuts down on the amount of spam I have to review for false positives, since I am 100% sure the ones I flagged are, in fact, spam and need not be reviewed.
 
It would be more convenient for me to have these mails just be deleted forever and not have to go through the extra steps outline above.
 
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Re: How to automatically delete spam liveskunk 11/16/09 12:11 PM
Although it's not perfect, yet, Gmail has one of the best spam filtering around.
My business gets about 1,000 spams a week until I forward my business email to gmail, now all my spams are filtered and caught.
If you don't want to see them, then you can hide the spam folder in settings.  You won't even know they exist.
Good luck.


Re: How to automatically delete spam Splodge 11/18/09 8:59 AM
The spam filtering is very good, good enough for me anyway. However, I don't want lots of unread Spam being flagged as a new unread message when my Gmail syncs with my Mac Mail.


Re: How to automatically delete spam gravi_t 11/18/09 10:41 AM
Splodge,

Go to settings --> filters and create a new filter. Put is:spam in the "Has the words" field and click on "Next step", ignore the warning. On the next page, select "Mark as read" and create the filter. This will mark all spam as read.
Re: How to automatically delete spam steveiphone 12/14/09 4:03 PM
My iphone downloads all contents of all my gmail folders, including Spam and Trash! I dont want them. Ever.
 
iPhone needs an option to limit which folders to download but GMail needs options to:
 
1 automatically delete spam permanently when it is it is received, not mark it as spam, not move it to trash,
2 automatically permanently delete an item when it is deleted, not move it to trash
Re: How to automatically delete spam AtlantaYankee61 2/3/10 4:18 PM
The real question why is there not an option as there is in Yahoo to delete spam  Imemdiately or even after 1 week.  Why do we have to wait a month?
Re: How to automatically delete spam LMcKin51-Top Contributor 2/3/10 6:52 PM
AtlantaYankee61,

 You can empty it at any time by click the Delete ALL SPAM NOW. Link
Re: How to automatically delete spam dancingbeartx 2/11/10 7:38 AM
Thanks GXG,
YOUR FIX IS PERFECT!!!
 
Dumping the entire folder is not a viable option for most users.
 
By placing the is:spam viagra key (or vicodin, or whatever) in the "Has the words" field;
and then setting it to Delete automatically,
it makes it far easier to scan the remaining spam in the folder for false positives... of which there are about several per month.
 
Thanks again.
Re: How to automatically delete spam The2ndflood 4/9/10 2:32 PM
Didn't Google have an option to just delete spam automatically? I remember having this feature, but turned it off because I kept getting MedMD messages caught in it. Now that I want to turn it on, the feature isn't here and the "Filtering" option is just stupid.

I'm so freakin' tired of Spammers ruining anything they get their hands on! 50+ Spam emails per-day should be punishable crime!
Re: How to automatically delete spam gravi_t 4/10/10 6:42 AM
Didn't Google have an option to just delete spam automatically?
Spam is deleted automatically.
Re: How to automatically delete spam mpcheney 4/11/10 8:19 AM
Spam is NOT deleted automatically.  It sits in the spam folder taking up MB's for 30 days or until it is manually deleted.

I don't go into Gmail I use Outlook to pull good messages off the server.  I need to change the default 30 days before spam is deleted to something like 2 days so storage is not used.

My question is simple.  Is there a way to change the default from 30 days to something shorter?
Re: How to automatically delete spam gravi_t 4/12/10 2:40 AM
POP access only downloads the inbox. IMAP access can be configured which labels to download if you turn on "Advanced IMAP Controls" in settings\labs (go to settings\labels to set it afterwards).
Re: How to automatically delete spam Worthy1 4/12/10 4:08 PM
Somebody PLEASE tell me how to 1.  "select all" spam in the folder--there appears to be no function for this--and I certainly have never seen "delete all spam now " function
2. then dlete it all
I cant believe it can be so hard or the function is not available
I dont care about "30 days and then trash" or whatever--WTF wants to keep literally thousands of mostly porn crap in 1 months storage..
i tdefies logic
Re: How to automatically delete spam LMcKin51-Top Contributor 4/12/10 4:13 PM
Worthy1,

 are you using a Updated Browser?  if you using a Updated browser you should see a Delete all Spam messages link
Re: How to automatically delete spam kingshit 5/3/10 11:20 AM
Oh...I see the problem.
gravi_t has had his little feelings hurt, and now he'll continue to not answer the question until he's blue in the face.
What he won't say directly is "No. It can't do that."

Further discussion is just a waste of everybody's time. Waytogo, grav.
Re: How to automatically delete spam kingshit 5/3/10 11:36 AM
Hey gravi!
Did you actually say this to somebody?   "Posting in all bold is quite impolite."
That's hysterical. You're doing everything you can to piss off all the people in this and every forum, and then you lay that crap on someone (in a similar forum). It's clear what kind of person you are; we all know you.
News for you, pal: gmail doesn't work the way it should, and it doesn't matter how long you refuse to say it, and it doesn't matter how many times you pretend to answer the question but don't.
You are not doing anyone any good. Go away.


Guess what, everybody! Gmail will keep your Spam for 30 days, and there's nothing you can do about it.
And, of course, there has been no offer to evaluate a fix.
Re: How to automatically delete spam kingshit 5/3/10 11:36 AM
HEY GRAVI_

KIND OF A CHICKEN, AREN'T YOU?
Re: How to automatically delete spam paynewa3 5/10/10 5:14 PM
 What a typical maze of B/S. I donot want to delete spam manually and I dont want to wait for 30 days to get rid of it. I want it gone automatically, why is it so hard to get an answer or even better yet an avenue to contact gmail suppot for an educated answer
Re: How to automatically delete spam LMcKin51-Top Contributor 5/10/10 5:17 PM
paynewa3,

see this help page link below.
Re: How to automatically delete spam DjonX 7/21/10 7:41 AM
This's very usefull tips for me, i've create filter and yes, no need need to check one by one spam mail again to mark as read,,, thanx,,,
Re: How to automatically delete spam imtigger 7/23/10 3:45 PM
HERE'S HOW TO DELETE ALL SPAM!!
 
It doesn't matter WHAT browser you use.  Yes, the link is in Firefox as well.  Just did it myself....
 
Click on your SPAM folder.
 
DON'T click on any messages!  Just look at the 1st page that shows the message "from" and "message header" column.
 
See the first spam message there?  See the first spam message header to the right of who it's from? (same column!) 
 
Click the LINK RIGHT ABOVE that first message.  Done.
 
There you go.  Can't see it? keep looking, it's there.  RIGHT ABOVE that 1st spam message header.  Did you click on the message itself? Don't do that.  Major fail.  Go back to the list of spam messages and try again.  It's there.  It's not in flash, or shockwave, or html5.  No fancy programming, just a little 'ol, plain vanilla, link.  It's there in Chrome, Firefox, IE1-9, Netscape, AOHell, Opera... you name it.
 
I agree that Google should make it easier to find this link.  Make it a button.  Move it UP to where all the other commands are.  At 1st glance it's easy to miss because links like that look like another ad link, and our eyes tend to ignore those links after a while.
 
You're welcome.   ;-)
Re: How to automatically delete spam imtigger2 9/13/10 5:27 PM
To help answer the ORIGINAL inquiry here... your issue is because you're trying to run a filter on spam that isn't marked as spam yet.  IF Gmail gave us the ability to run a filter AFTER the mail was received and then labeled, THEN you'd be able to accomplish exactly what you're trying to do.  You've been advised to "ignore the warning"... but why do you think they have that warning in the 1st place.  If the mail hasn't yet been marked as spam, how is your filter supposed to catch it and delete it?  

Your filters look at the email as they come into the INBOX.  ALL EMAIL goes through the inbox  (theoretically speaking).  Even spam.  As it enters your inbox, it then gets filtered by your filters and the spam filters, then comes to rest per those filters.  POSSIBLY... (my thoughts on it, my opinion only)... your filter doesn't work because the email hasn't been marked as spam YET, so your filter doesn't work.  Hence the warning you get about it.  Make sense?

IF gmail had the option to run a filter "automatically" AFTER it's been received (and spam sorted), THEN all would work perfectly.  Till then, it's hit and miss and Google knows this and warns you about it.

Re: How to automatically delete spam SammyBoca 9/27/10 1:35 PM
imtigger2, I'm finding that the suggestion to use a Mark Read rule in a filter containing "is: spam" is working just fine.
Re: How to automatically delete spam alexatrj 11/26/10 6:06 PM
As for me, I would like very much to bounce email messages that are considered SPAM according to my own rules. Incidentally, users of Gmail do not need to justify their desires and/or needs, as Gravi_T apparently suggests...
Re: How to automatically delete spam SammyBoca 11/26/10 9:41 PM
Gmail doesn't provide the ability to bounce email during the SMTP transaction.  The only ability ones has with gmail to bounce email at SMTP time is with recipient validation (which, of course, is defeated with wildcarding enabled).
Re: How to automatically delete spam nathan.s.ladd 2/5/11 7:27 AM
Go to settings --> filters and create a new filter. Put in:spam in the "Has the words" field and click on "Next step", ignore the warning. On the next page, select "Delete" and create the filter. This will delete all spam.
Re: How to automatically delete spam gravi_t 2/5/11 6:34 PM
nathan.s.ladd,

Isn't this the exact same answer I gave over a year ago?
Re: How to automatically delete spam bhoys614 3/3/11 9:21 AM
It's amazing how many of you post w/o reading or answer the question you want to answer, not the question that was actually asked.

The OP (Original Poster) asked how to AUTOMATICALLY delete the contents of their Spam folder.

Go back and read how many geniuses replied with a MANUAL way of doing it or just disregarded the OP's question entirely.

People are not helping unless they answer the OP's question that was asked.  If someone wants to answer a different question or make up a new question that wasn't even asked, start your own thread.

You're not helping, otherwise.  They're just creating a bunch of junk replies that don't even answer the OP's question and cause people who are trying to find the correct answer, to have to sift through a bunch of trash responses.

You're not helping.
Re: How to automatically delete spam imtigger2 3/3/11 12:17 PM
Wow.. bhoys614.. your post was EXTREMELY helpful!  Thanks!!   

Don't be a tool.   People can pick and choose whichever solution they feel fits their needs.  This is a community coming together "trying" to help and offering new solutions, AS WELL AS new problems that may come up that are similar to the original.    So f-ing what!?

Can't believe I got an email notice of YOUR post in my mailbox.  Probably THE least helpful so far actually.
Re: How to automatically delete spam MikeTwo 3/3/11 12:22 PM
This thread should be closed, but I'm betting that the OP figured it out and is now blasting the email notifications about this thread into oblivion.
Re: How to automatically delete spam gravi_t 3/3/11 11:49 PM
imtigger2,

OK, so how is your reply any more useful?
(Or this one...)
Re: How to automatically delete spam imtigger2 3/4/11 8:40 AM
Ha!  Touche..   ;-)  

No worries.  I just wasn't in the mood for peeps ragging on people "trying" to help (trying is a good thing).  That's all.  With the way Google searches are now days, people are able to pinpoint the answer they need.. even IF it's off-topic, buried in the middle of a long thread about something unrelated to their answer.   It's to the point where we don't have to 'browse' through topics, from the top, by subject, for answers anymore.

I agree that when it gets to this pathetic point it should be archived.    Have a great day.
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