PureMessage for Unix: Changing the default policy to block spam messages

  • Article ID: 120624
  • Updated: 30 Sep 2015


This article describes how to change the default PureMessage policy to block spam messages.

By default, the PureMessage for Unix policy does not block spam messages.   A copy of the message will be quarantined, but the message will still be delivered as normal.  A [SPAM] tag is added to the header of the e-mail to indicate that PureMessage detected it as spam.

This allows you to evaluate Sophos spam detection capabilities alongside another product, before putting the PureMessage server in full production.


First seen in
PureMessage for Unix 6.0.3
PureMessage for Unix

Operating systems
Linux / UNIX


What To Do

Follow these steps to edit the PureMessage Policy:

  • Login to the PureMessage Manager GUI.
  • Go to the 'Policy' tab.
  • Click on the 'Copy to quarantine..' rule

The Default Policy

Below is a screenshot of the default policy.
This uses an action called 'Copy the message to quarantine'.  This action must be changed to 'Quarantine the message'.


Quarantine Policy

Below is a screenshot of the revised policy.  The action has been changed to 'Quarantine the message'.
Note - You should also change the name of the rule to indicate the message is being blocked.


Committing the changes

Follow these steps to make the changes take effect:

  1. To save the new rule, click on the 'Save' button.
  2. When prompted, click the 'Commit' button
  3. When prompted, click the 'Restart' button to restart the mail filtering process

If you need more information or guidance, then please contact technical support.

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