1) Download Packages.

Basically, get everything from 


2) Unpack and install

I installed all the add-on's all into c:\program files\SAProxy\.  During the installationyou get asked about mailservers, I leave this page blank and do it later....


3) Configure your mail client 

Setup your mail client to use SAProxy.  Set the pop3 server to be (presuming you're running SAProxy locally.  I've toyed with the idea of running it on another box, but never tested it...).  Set your username to be username:server name, so for instance if your user name is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and your server name is then set the username to be This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view


Now test it, hopefully SAProxy shoudl now be filtering mail.  If you look at all headers you'll see a new header (you may have to select View > Show all headers to see this) called X-Spam-Status that will either start No (Spam Assassin doesn't think this is spam) or Yes (Spamassassin thinks this is spam).  Spam Assassin should also put **** SPAM **** into the subject of any Spam messages.

Now set up your mail client to filter all messages with **** SPAM **** in the header into another folder. 


4) Check sa-update

open a comand window and navigate to your saproxy folder.  then run something like the following:

 sa-update --nogpg -D

This runs sa-update with no crypto checking, and full debug messages.  You should get loads of messages, and then something like this:

[1992] dbg: channel: metadata version = 477972[1992] dbg: dns: => 477972, parsed as 477972[1992] dbg: channel: current version is 477972, new version is 477972, skipping
[1992] dbg: diag: updates complete, exiting with code 1

  This shows it works, now you can set it up to work routinely.  Create atext file called (mines called sare-sa-update-channels. txt).  In this file you can enter channels for sa-update to update one or more rule files.  Mine currently contains;


If I remember you need to have for this to work (this updates the default rules).  The rest are all from the excellent SARE Ninja's ! 

Now run;

sa-update -D --channelfile sare-sa-update-channels.txt --nogpg >> updbat.txt

 This runs sa-update using your channel file and routes the debug output to updbat.txt

5) Prepare some Ham and Spam

In your mail app, create two folders, I call mine Spam and NoSapm, but it's as you like

Put some typical spam in the spam one, and some typical non spam in the nospam (you should try and put as much as possible in here at first to help SpamAssassin learn your spam and ham


6) Run sa-learn

Run sa-learn for ham and spam

Open a command window and navigate to your spamassassin folder.  Type something like  

sa-learn.exe --spam --mbox --showdots path_to_spam_mailbox_file

This should produce something like this;

Learned tokens from 376 message(s) (388 message(s) examined) 

Then do the same for your ham, i.e. 

  sa-learn.exe --ham --mbox --showdots path_to_nospam_mailbox_file

This will teach the bayesian learning your spam and ham. 

7) Write a batch file for sa-update and sa-learn

Here;s mine, it's not perfect:

date /t >> updbat.txt
time /t >> updbat.txt
xcopy "C:\Documents and Settings\Rebecca\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\Paul\g4dhc3vd.slt\Mail\Local Folders\Spam" "C:\Program Files\SAproxy\" /Y
xcopy "C:\Documents and Settings\Rebecca\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\Paul\g4dhc3vd.slt\Mail\Local Folders\NoSpam" "C:\Program Files\SAproxy\" /Y
sa-learn.exe --spam --mbox --showdots Spam >> updbat.txt
sa-learn.exe --ham --mbox --showdots NoSpam >> updbat.txt
xcopy "C:\Program Files\SAproxy\nospamempty" "C:\Documents and Settings\Rebecca\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\Paul\g4dhc3vd.slt\Mail\Local Folders\NoSpam" /Y
xcopy "C:\Program Files\SAproxy\spamempty" "C:\Documents and Settings\Rebecca\Application Data\Mozilla\Profiles\Paul\g4dhc3vd.slt\Mail\Local Folders\Spam" /Y
sa-update --channelfile sare-sa-update-channels.txt --nogpg >> updbat.txt
time /t >> updbat.txt

For some reason, I prefer to copy the spam and nospam files into the spamassassin folder first. It means if it dies, I can see what I was trying to do, plus it should work whilst my mail is open. 


8) Add this batch file to the scheduled programs part of the control panel


9) Sit back, and enjoy a Spam free life....  (occaisonaly check the debug text files, and put any spam or ham that gets wrongly tagged in the relevant folder....)