Blocking Russian and Chinese SPAM is actually fairly easy.  Unless you communicate in Russian or Chinese, just delete any e-mail that contains any of the special characters either of those languages use.  I’ll admit that Chinese is a bit harder, since there are over 3000 characters in their ‘alphabet’, but using the top 30 or 40 characters should block most of the SPAM.


Outlook 2007 has an option to block all non-English character encodings. Here’s how you block everything but e-mail using the English character set:

  1. Launch Outlook 2007
  2. Open the Tools menu
  3. Select Options
  4. Click the Preferences tab
  5. Click the Junk e-mail button
  6. Click the International tab
  7. Click Blocked Encodings List button
  8. Click the Select All button
  9. This is a list to block unused encodings, so you must UNSELECT the encodings you will be using. For most English speakers, the options to unselect would be
    • US-ASCII
    • Western European
    • Latin 9
  10. Click OK, OK, OK

Blocking Russian or Chinese SPAM in Outlook

  1. Open Outlook
  2. Click Tools
  3. Click Rules and Alerts

    Outlook Tools, Rules and Alerts

    Outlook Tools, Rules and Alerts

  4. Click the New Rule button

    Outlook Rules > New Rules

    Outlook Rules > New Rules

  5. In the New Rule Dialog box, select Move messages with specific words in the subject…

    Outlook New Rule

    Outlook New Rule

  6. Click the Specific Words link in the ‘Edit the rule description’ field

    Outlook Rules Add Words and Phrases

    Outlook Rules Add Words and Phrases

  7. Open Patrick Zein’s page of most common Chinese characters. Cut and paste each of the first 30 or so characters, one at a time, into the Specify words or phrases.. field, then click the Add button after each character.
  8. Click OK
  9. Click the Specified link and specify the Deleted Items folder
    Outlook Rules Add Words and Phrases

    Specify "Deleted Items" Folder

  10. Click OK

You can also block the Cyrillic (Russian) characters using the same steps as above.



So if you get mail that uses non-English character sets, just create Outlook rules that will block the character set used by the language. If you have Outlook 2007 or later, you can block by character set using the Junk Mail options.



Outlook Rules Add Words and Phrases

2 Responses to Blocking Russian/Chinese SPAM

  • InetDaemon says:


    Haven’t quite figured out a good way to say “English character set only” and block everything else–yet. The Russian and Chinese bot-nets have stepped in to fill the gap left by the dead Rustock bot-net that was taken down by MS and the U.S. Marshals office in March. That bot-net was generating nearly 1/3 of the world’s spam before they killed it.

  • suleiman says:

    nice post man,keep up with the good work