How to Set Up Spamfire to Work as an Email Proxy

By default, the Spamfire Setup Assistant will reconfigure your email program to use Spamfire's new email proxy feature. If your email program is not supported by Spamfire, we cannot enable the proxy automatically, but you can enable it manually.

The Spamfire Proxy feature only works with POP accounts. IMAP accounts must be set up in Spamfire as helper accounts.

If you prefer, you can also set up Spamfire to work as a side-by-side helper program.

After you have made the following changes to your email program, read about filtering your email for the first time.

To set up the Spamfire proxy

  1. Open your email program's account settings window. Edit the incoming mail settings for the POP3 email account you want to filter in Spamfire.

  2. Change the user name to the current user name, plus the percent symbol ('%'), plus the current mail server address.

  3. Change the mail server address to 'localhost'.

  4. Change the mail server port to 5033. You may have to look in an "Advanced Setting" area to find where you can change the port number.

  5. Leave your password alone.

Thus, your email settings might look like this:

Before using Spamfire:

User Name: pat
Email Server:
Server port:


Password: ••••••••

Changed for use with Spamfire:

User Name:
Email Server: localhost
Server port:


Password: ••••••••

Then open Spamfire, switch back to your email program, and check your email as you usually do. Your email program will connect to Spamfire and retrieve your filtered email. Spamfire will capture all your email account settings and store them in the Spamfire Account Preferences Window. Spam messages will be trapped in the Spamfire Mail List and will not be released to your email program.

If you quit Spamfire, the Spamfire Agent will stay open in the background so you can still retrieve filtered email in your email program. How Spamfire Agent works.

If you want to stop using Spamfire with a particular email account, you must simply reverse these settings changes in your email program.