Email comes prepended with the word “*** SPAM ***”

Lately I was receiving more and more email with the word and characters *** SPAM *** prepended to the email Subject. It was made worse in that a number of them were periodically marking incoming mail from my own accounts as SPAM. I was using Mozilla Thunderbird as my email client.

*** SPAM *** was being prepended to my email’s Subject line’s by my Antivirus software Avast.

You can manage the settings controlling the addition of the words [*** SPAM ***] to your emails by accessing your AVAST Internet Security Settings:

  • open Avast
  • select Security Tab
  • select ANTISPAM in lefthand menu
  • select Settings button

Here you can deselect or change the setting called, “Mark in subject of spam messages:”. It is probably best, and what I ended up doing, was to Whitelist my emails.

Avast Spam Settings Main Settings

Avast Spam Settings Whitelist

This will take care of the word “*** SPAM ***” added to email subject line if of course it is AVAST that is responsible.

Post written by Ed Reckers

Founder and lead web development consultant at Red Bridge Internet : San Francisco WordPress Developers and Consultants.

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