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Why do I get more spam on Win XP than Windows 7?

Asked by victord66 (197 points ) August 23rd, 2012

I have Outlook 2007 on both a Windows XP and a Windows 7. They have identical Spam Filter settings on both, but none of the spam is filtered on my XP machine. What could be the cause of this?

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ScottyMcGeester's avatar

Do you use Internet Explorer? If so, use a safer browser. There’s a lot of sneaky stuff companies do through the Internet to send spam. Everything you do online is monitored. Install DoNotTrackPlus for your browser to prevent companies from tracking you, and thus sending you spam. Also, do you regularly clear all history and cookies and cache from your browser?

victord66's avatar

I’m using Firefox on both machines and as mentioned the Outlook settings are identical on both.

jerv's avatar

Win7 has inherently better security. You would think security patches would help, but XP was supposed to be dead long ago (they extended it’s life because netbooks couldn’t run Vista), so I don’t think Microsoft really puts any effort into maintaining it.

Lightlyseared's avatar

@jerv i think there’s a difference between maintaining a product and adding new features. XP is 11 years old and still gets better support than some companies current products.

victord66's avatar

I’ve discovered the problem. Windows Outlook 2007 Update KB 2596598 dated July 10, 2012. I’ve uninstalled this update and the problem was gone. Actually I’m no longer getting a whole bunch of junk emails that had “huy hayes” in the subject line. I think that Microsoft update must have been generating spam instead of stopping it.

jerv's avatar

It’s been known to happen. Glad you found the problem.

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