How to Enable/Disable SpamAssassin Using the Spam Filters Settings in cPanel

Date: December 2, 2019     2 Minutes to Read

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Spam Filters (formerly called: SpamAssassin) is the new name for the cPanel plugin used to manage the settings for filtering spam received to the email accounts that consist of your domain. It’s important to note that the name change refers to the cPanel plugin. Although it is now named Spam Filters, cPanel continues to utilize Apache SpamAssassin to identify and maintain spam. In this guide, you can learn how to enable/disable SpamAssassin by using the Spam Filters plugin for cPanel.

How SpamAssassin Works

When Spam Filters are enabled, SpamAssassin assigns every email a spam score, which correlates to how likely the email is spam. If an email and the contents of its headers exceed the Spam Threshold Score, the email will be marked up (in the headers) to identify it as spam. Based on the configuration of the Spam Filters, the spam and legitimate emails are handled accordingly.

Enable SpamAssassin

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. Under the Email section, click on the Spam Filters icon.
  3. Click on the image to enlarge screenshot.Click on the toggle switch that appears before Process New Emails and Mark them as Spam.

    NOTICE: The toggle should change to blue and a green success message will appear, indicating: “Apache SpamAssassin has been enabled.”

Disable SpamAssassin

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. Under the Email section, click on the Spam Filters icon.
  3. Click on the image to enlarge screenshot.Click on the toggle switch that appears before Process New Emails and Mark them as Spam.

    NOTICE: The toggle should change to grey and a green success message will appear, indicating: “Apache SpamAssassin has been disabled.”

Congratulations! Now that you are familiar with how to enable/disable SpamAssassin using the Spam Filters plugin in cPanel, you should check out our guide, How to Modify the Spam Threshold Score to optimize them to meet your needs.

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