How to Block .Ru Files on Email Addresses

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How to Block .Ru Files on Email Addresses
Use Outlook's Block-Top Level Domain filter to block e-mails addresses with a .ru extension. (e-mail image by arabesque from Fotolia.com)

Many Web e-mail service providers (such as AOL and Google) have spam setting options that allow you to block specific e-mail addresses or e-mails sent from a particular domain, but not necessarily from a particular country. E-mail addresses with a .ru extension come from Russia. And while the spam setting options available with your e-mail service provider may not provide a way to block all .ru e-mail addresses, there is a way around this limitation. If you configure Microsoft Outlook to link to your e-mail account, you can block .ru e-mail addresses by using Outlook's "Block-Top Level Domain" e-mail filter.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Contact your e-mail service provider to get information about their server type, incoming and outgoing port numbers, incoming and outgoing mail server, and whether or not any of their servers requires an encrypted connection. You can probably obtain this information from your e-mail service provider's online help desk if you don't want to contact them directly.

  2. 2

    Launch Microsoft Outlook.

  3. 3

    Open the "Add an Account" wizard:

    Go to the "Tools" menu, select "Email Accounts," click the "Add new e-mail account" radio button" and click next (if you're using Outlook 2003).

    Go to the "Tools" menu, select "Account Settings," go to the "Email" tab, click "New," select "Microsoft Exchange, POP3, IMAP, or HTTP" and click "Next" (if you're using Outlook 2007)."

    Go to the "File" menu, select "Info," click "Account Settings," choose "Account Settings" from the drop-down menu, go to the "Email" tab, click "New," choose "Email" and click "Next" (if you're using Outlook 2010).

  4. 4

    Follow the wizard's prompts to add your e-mail account. When you come to the "Internet E-Mail Settings" prompt, click on the "More Settings" button to open the "Internet E-Mail Settings" dialogue box. Go to the "Advanced" tab and enter the incoming and outgoing port numbers for your e-mail server in the incoming server (POP) and outgoing server (SMTP) boxes. If your e-mail service provider's server requires authentication, go to the "Outgoing server" tab and check the box next to "My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication." Click "OK" to save your setting and close the "Internet E-Mail Settings" dialogue box. Finish going through the remainder of the wizard's prompts to add your e-mail account to Outlook.

  1. 1

    Launch Microsoft Outlook.

  2. 2

    Open the "Tool" menu and select "Options."

  3. 3

    Click the "Junk Email" button. Click on the "International" tab. Click the "Block-Top Level Domain List" button.

  4. 4

    Scroll down the list of countries and check the box next to "RU (Russia). Click "OK" to apply your new setting. Click "OK" again to close the options box. Click "OK" again to close the "Options" dialogue box.

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