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  • 26 March 2004 13:10

MailWasher Pro Now Has Built-in Intelligence that Learns and Adapts to Provide Maximum Spam Protection Over Time

Firetrust announces MailWasher Pro 4.0 with powerful enhancements allowing for smart filtering and automated-spam deletion using identical fingerprinting identification.

CHRISTCHURCH - New Zealand, March 24, 2004 – Firetrust Limited, provider of award-winning anti-spam and email security solutions, today announced the latest release of MailWasher® Pro 4.0, a uniquely designed anti-spam tool that provides additional protection for businesses and home users from unsolicited and unwanted emails. The ever-increasing rise in spam has prompted both business users and consumers to desperately find a solution that can keep pace with spam as it rapidly evolves. MailWasher Pro 4.0 provides individual users with a powerful weapon that increases in accuracy over time to stop spam from invading their email inboxes. In addition, MailWasher Pro users are further empowered and protected through FirstAlert!™, a subscription-based companion to MailWasher Pro that leverages the quickly-expanding global community of users actively reporting spam, and enabling accurate spam identification and elimination for maximum protection.

According to a recent Gartner report, the emergence of worms that propagate via spammer techniques and the use of worm variants by spammers make spam control a security imperative. This clearly points to the critical need for an intelligent solution that judiciously filters out dangerous and unwanted email.

“As spammers’ techniques continue to change and become more deceptive and dangerous, the best way to protect your inbox is with a solution that learns what email you want and don’t want,” said Nick Bolton, CEO of Firetrust Limited. “Incoming email is constantly changing and evolving, making it critical to have maximum protection against malicious and unwanted emails. The intelligence built into MailWasher Pro 4.0 provides tremendous value and the needed protection to combat dangerous and ever-changing spam.”

MailWasher Pro 4.0, Firetrust’s next generation of award-winning anti-spam software, has evolved to a more intuitive, convenient and easy-to-use tool by providing a better email experience to users with its new features, which are: Learning Filters: Intelligent filters that learn to identify good email from spam, and deliver a robust and efficient approach to solving the barrage of unwanted email. FirstAlert!: A global network of users who actively report spam and interact with the database in real-time. Any messages in the users’ email that correspond to identical fingerprints in the database are automatically identified and eliminated.

MailWasher Pro provides the easiest-to-use and most effective spam filter available. Unlike other anti-spam solutions, which are integrated into the email client, a key benefit of MailWasher Pro is that it works outside the email client, so users are better protected and eliminate the risk of downloading unwanted messages or viruses and worms. By reviewing and deleting content at the email server, users are protected from objectionable content including graphics, web bugs are rendered inactive, bandwidth is protected, and viruses and malicious script is stopped from spreading. In addition, users can preview, delete, blacklist and even create an “invalid email address” message and bounce the unwanted email back to the spammer making it appear that their email address no longer exists.

Presently, MailWasher Pro is available on stand-alone PCs and laptops. An enterprise version of MailWasher for use on server networks is currently available as a beta version. Those interested in participating in the beta testing of MailWasher Server can contact Firetrust for more information and installation set up.

System Requirements and Availability MailWasher Pro is now available as a download from Firetrust’s website at MailWasher Pro is priced at U.S. $37.00 for a single-user license, which includes a one-year subscription to First Alert!** Price discounts are available for volume licensing. A free 30-day trial version can also be downloaded from the site. MailWasher Pro minimum system requirements include Microsoft Windows 98, Me, NT, 2000 and XP operating systems. It is compatible with all pop3 e-mail programs, including, Microsoft Outlook™ and Outlook Express™, Netscape™ and Eudora™; AOL, IMAP, MSN and Hotmail e-mail accounts.

About Firetrust Limited Established in 2000, Firetrust provides world-class e-mail security products for business and home users. Firetrust delivers solutions across the spectrum of inbox protection, including MailWasher® Pro for unsolicited commercial e-mail (spam) and Benign® to neutralize harmful e-mail which can contain viruses, worms, scripts and web bugs. The company is privately held and headquartered in Christchurch, New Zealand. To date MailWasher has had more than 3 million downloads. For more information, please visit

MailWasher® and Benign® are registered trademarks of Firetrust Limited. **All existing MailWasher Pro users are invited to subscribe to First Alert! at a reduced rate of U.S. $7.00 for a one-year subscription. After the first year the price increases to U.S. $9.95 annually.

Press Contacts: Deborah Abraham, Firetrust Limited,, +64 3 963 1436

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