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My hotmail is set to exclusive yet I still get loads of junk email, I block them and set up subject rules to block them.
Is there a way to get rid of them as its really annoying.
I also changed my password twice in the last couple weeks.

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Perhaps one of your friends is infected and is sending out spam?  You may have to remove them from the safe list.


I use gmail and their spam filter works well.  Gmail lets you read (and send from) other accounts so you could get a gmail account and set it up to read your hotmail and see if that improves the filtering.

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I've been getting spam emails recently, and they take the following form (using a fictitious name, any resemblance to any person living or dead is entirely unintentional):
From: Charles Spencer <[email protected]>
Subject line: From Charles
Message body:
Sent from my iPhone
I've emailed my friend to enquire about these, and he has no knowledge that I'm getting them.  I've got him to check settings, change passwords, all the usual stuff but they still keep coming through.
I think all you can do is delete them.  As you probably know, on no account follow any links out of curiosity because you'll probably be landed with the latest and greatest ransomware :(
Personally, I've never liked the Gmail Web interface but it is a good way forward otherwise.
Are your spam messages seemingly coming from friends, or just any old rubbish?
I also get these emails that look "little girly" with all these hearts all over them, funny characters between the letters, colour changes enough to give you seizures, and wanting me to be their "f*** buddy" and so on.  Whatever makes the perpetrators of that garbage think anybody in their right mind would take them seriously is so totally beyond me.  But these don't claim to be from anyone I know, they're just junk plain and simple.
But I'm not bombarded - the delete key usually does the trick.
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If you've used your Hotmail account on any public site, it's possible it's been picked up from there. I had a Verizon email account for years that I used as my main account. Their spam filtering was very poor, and the spam kept getting worse and worse (20 or more a day). I finally created a Gmail account and forwarded my Verizon account to it. The spam is all filtered out by Gmail, so it's not cluttering my inbox. I then set up the Gmail account as an IMAP account in Outlook, so I don't have to use the webmail interface. I no longer use my Verizon account when registering for anything new, but still have it on some older mailing lists and such, so I haven't deleted it entirely. 

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