How to Block Emails on Hotmail!
Step 1: Download InboxLock:
Click here to Download v1.2 (Windows Vista / XP / 7 / 10)
Step 2: Click and run the downloaded file in your web browser:
This is usually located in the bottom left hand side of your browser.
Step 3: Click next through the installer:
Click through all the screens and make sure to read the EULA (It's very short).
Step 4: Click the connect email button in the top left corner of the application:
Step 5: Type in your Hotmail Email Address and password:
After you input your email and password the program will attempt to connect to the email server.
If you enter some information wrong it will return the error code. It's also important to check your email account to see if they have blocked it.
Follow the instructions they give you if they have blocked it. Please Note!: We do not store your email address or password on our servers.
Step 6: Accept or Block all spam and emails in your inbox:
The program will now remove and block all the emails you specify by clicking on the Allow or Block buttons.
Detailed explanation of how to block emails in Hotmail:
- Usage: The steps listed above are very simple but I will do my best to explain the different buttons and options.
- Installation: If you haven’t yet done so, click here to download the most recent version. The first obvious step to take is to download InboxLock. The file will appear on the bottom left hand corner of your browser. Since my code is digitally signed by yours truly you shouldn’t have any issues. Click on the file and click run. If you do have any issues at this point such as a “Windows has blocked this file” click on “More info” and click “Run Anyways”. Windows simply blocks less known applications from running even though I have been authenticated by Thawte. For more details, read the “Potential problems and complications” section below. You may now click next through all the screens of the installer. When you encounter the EULA (End User License Agreement) you must scroll to the bottom and click “I accept the terms” to proceed. This screen simply protects me from any potential legal issues. After you click on the last screen and click “Finish”, InboxLock will automatically start up.
- Opening and closing: You will notice that an icon has also been added to your desktop. You can minimize the application by clicking on the X in the top right hand corner or click on the underscore button also in the top right hand corner. If you would like to completely shut down InboxLock, you can right click the logo in your system tray and left click on “Exit”. If at any time, you would like to show InboxLock after it has been minimized to the system tray, you can either right click on the logo in the system tray and click “Show”, double click on the tray icon, or double click on the desktop icon.
- Video and tutorial: When you first launch the program, you will see an embedded YouTube video that I have posted with instructions on how to use the product. I keep the video tutorial current so if you view the tutorial and it looks different at any time than the current interface, you should uninstall the current version of InboxLock through your control panel and download the most recent version at https://www.inboxlock.com/Download. You can now hide or show the video by either clicking on the left-hand side button where it says “Tutorial” or if you would simply like to hide the video you can click on the close button on the top right hand corner of the tutorial window.
- Connect your email account: The first step once installation is complete is to click on the “Connect Email” button in the top left hand corner. You will now see a smaller window pop up in the middle of your screen labeled “Connect Email”. Enter your email address and password in the fields provided. It is worth mentioning at this point that I do not collect your email address or password. I take privacy very seriously versus some of the larger companies and furthermore storing your email addresses and passwords would make me a target for hackers which is the last thing I want. Currently, I have three main options when connecting your email account. The first is whether or not to enable Anti-Virus. Anti-Virus is a new feature that I’ve introduced. This feature is new and I do believe it’s working perfectly but as with all new features it may take time to work out the glitches. The protection is graciously provided by ClamAV and may slightly slow down the scanning of your emails. If you do not want this feature installed, simply uncheck the “Anti-Virus” checkbox. Next, you have the “Sent Folder” checkbox. This will scan your “Sent” folder inside of your email account and automatically add all the people you’ve emailed to your “Allowed” list. This is a great feature and I would highly recommend you keep on this feature except if of course you’ve made a habit of emailing spammers. You can always remove people from your allowed list later by deleting them but we’ll get to that later. The last checkbox is to “Share Data”. As I previously mentioned, I never want or need to store your email address or password. This simply shares info with the community about who is a spammer and who is not. This helps everyone with determining who to flag (or not) in the future. Please leave this on! It helps everyone! Now, click on the “Add” button. You will see an intermittent logo will attempting to authenticate with the email provider. This does not authenticate your credentials with my servers but directly to the email provider. If you have entered wrong credentials or there’s any issues you will see an error message pop up. If you have a custom domain you are attempting to add or have an email provider I have not yet added I will attempt to add them manually within the next 24 hours so please check back. To ensure you are added correctly, simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your email provider IMAP or POP incoming email settings so I can add you. Now, hopefully if all has gone well you will now see your email account added in the white box below. You can click on the “Delete” button at any time and it will completely remove this account from the program. Please note that this will also remove any history of this account. This includes among other things your “Allowed” and “Blocked” emails so make sure you’re absolutely certain before deleting. If you would like to add an additional email account simply repeat the steps listed above.
- Allowed, Blocked and Skipped left-sidebar buttons: If you click the allowed button you will see a window pop up that shows which emails you have chosen to allow. You can delete people from this list at any time by clicking on the “Delete” button next to this particular persons email address. The block button and skipped button perform the same function but of course deleting or blocking people from your blocked or skipped list.
- Skip, Delete, Allow and Block bottom buttons: These are the basic functionality buttons of the program. The button on the furthest to the bottom left is the skip button. This button has an arrow icon that tells the program to skip that particular email but perform no extra action with the persons email address. Next is the delete button. This button tells the program to delete that particular email but perform no additional actions. Next is the button with the green checkmark. This button tells the program to allow all emails from this person and to not delete them from your inbox or in the future. The last button with a red circle and a cross through it tells the program to delete and block all emails from this sender.
- Reporting box: If you would like to report this sender and post a public comment type a message in textbox on the bottom right hand corner that says “Type a comment here to report!”.
Potential problems and complications of blocking emails on Hotmail:Despite my best efforts, some people are still seeing a warning message when installing InboxLock. The code is digitally signed by Thawte verifying my authenticity so this shouldn’t be happening but there’s not much you can do if they simply won’t eliminate it. Most likely this is caused by the fact that my product isn’t yet widely adopted so it’s viewed as a risk. Hopefully this will be removed in the future. Besides the warning message there are no known issues blocking emails on Hotmail. Hotmail was my original testing grounds for email and spam removal since my best friend (thank you Terry) already had 40k+ spam in his inbox. So, I can concretely say that Hotmail is by far the most tested email provider of the bunch. Moving emails directly to the spam folder versus deleting them is presently on the forefront of my development but for now this is the only known limitation (if you consider it a limitation).
That's it!!! I hope you enjoy this product as much as I do. If you have any issues, please contact me by clicking on the Contact button on the top of this screen.