Habul working well, reports spam as attachments Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I 've been using Habul for several years. It works very well and, contrary to a recent review, it continues to correctly report spam as attachments. I use it in accordance with both Spamcop and Knujon, the latter to combat ICANN's support for ISPs who do not enforce antispamming rules.

This user has 3 previous reviews of this add-on.

Habul is mostly worthless now...... Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Many hosting companies no longer allowed sending spam back to Spamcop. The only workaround is to send spam emails as attachments and Habul does not have this option.

Thanks to Craig A for his words of help Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I'm new to using this extension and really appreciate that insights into making it work provided by user Craig A

Works with Thunderbird 52.0.1 (32-bit) Rated 4 out of 5 stars

I have to agree with " Psychonaut", " Adam Reece", and "WilliamConley" reviews.

It wasn't clear that to make the "Report" button show requires using Thunderbird to "Customize" the Thunderbird "Toolbar" by manually adding the "HabuL Report Button" to the Thunderbird Toolbar. In my opinion this should be part of installing HabuL.

Setting up SpamCop was a nightmare, but I finally got it. You must go to www.spamcop.net and manually create your own SpamCop account. Then take the Report Spam email address provided by SpamCop which looks like submit.aB1cdefghJ23KLmN@spam.spamcop.net and copy the aB1cdefghJ23KLmN part into HabuL as your SpamCop ID. Then -don't- turn on quick report until you've submitted a few SpamCop reports to get the hang of reporting. The sequence of events goes like this:

1. When SPAM comes in, make sure it is moved to your "Junk" folder. [because HabuL will grab everything in the open Junk folder to send it off as SPAM.]

2. HabuL will "Write" a Thunderbird email from you with all SPAM messages added as an attachment to your SpamCop address submit.aB1cdefghJ23KLmN@spam.spamcop.net. Edit out any of your automated "Contact" / Signature information and press "Send".

3. Then if you did everything right, after a couple minutes you'll get a email message from SpamCop in your Inbox with URL's for each piece of SPAM submitted. You have to click on each link and "Send" a report to the email addresses involved, after verifying the message is truly SPAM. Read everything SpamCop sends you, they're good about explaining why all these steps are necessary. i.e. make sure you aren't blacklisting your church mailing list, mozilla distribution list, or all of Yahoo for yourself and everyone else who uses SpamCop. Exercise due diligence when marking messages as SPAM, or you'll destroy the usefulness of SpamCop as a SPAM blocking service.

Since I use SpamCop bl.spamcop.net RBL in my Postfix setup, I'm hoping after some days all my reporting will pay off in a dramatic reduction of SPAM. This isn't an unfounded wish. I tried adding the SPAM email "Received:" IP to IP tables for a day. I found with the first 8-10 messages I'd effectively blocked all the machines sending me new SPAM every 2-3 minutes for about half a day. Then I had to repeat the blocking process for the next half day. Then at night I'd get about 30-80 more SPAM emails while I was asleep. I'd hoped HabuL in conjunction with SpamCop might automate this blocking process. I'll give it a few days of reporting to see. Today I've reported 50 pieces of SPAM to SpamCop in 4.5 hours. These 50 pieces of SPAM made it through strict RFC email protocol checking, and 8 different RBL lists, including bl.spamcop.net on my system.

My hope is HabuL will allow me a more tailored active approach with SpamCop to block SPAM for myself and everyone else using SpamCop services. SPAM is a serious problem with 80% of current internet email traffic now being SPAM.

Setting up HabuL isn't easy, and I think this difficulty accounts for most of the messages here saying it doesn't work after install. It does work, is better than not having HabuL, but is still a bit of work to use. Yes, I've filed Feature and Support tickets to address what I found. Hard to find support link:

Please add bulk attachment deletion Rated 4 out of 5 stars

This plugin is seriously great but it desperately needs a feature to bulk-delete attachments from the outgoing emails before forwarding them.

не работает Rated 1 out of 5 stars

у меня не работает, все выдает ошибку про Junk директорию http://image2you.ru/49642/1648643/

Does not work at all. Do not install Rated 1 out of 5 stars

This addon is "bricked" at the moment.

Not particularly sophisticated Rated 1 out of 5 stars

The extension works as advertised with Thunderbird 38.1.0, though it's not particularly convenient to set up or use. It adds a "Report" command to the list of available toolbar buttons, but the user must add it to the toolbar manually. Furthermore, there doesn't seem to be any way of invoking the "Report" command from the context menu, the pull-down menus, the message window, or a keyboard shortcut.

The extension can be configured to send spam reports to various agencies, including SpamCop. However, the SpamCop preferences dialog is completely nonsensical if you want to use the "Quick Reporting" feature of SpamCop. (The checkbox enabling this feature is mislabelled as "Quick SpamCop", and selecting it changes the semantics of the "Your SpamCop ID" input field in a way that the user cannot possibly anticipate. It took me some trial and error to figure out its new purpose.)

As for the core functionality, all the "Report" button seems to do is to open a pre-filled composer window containing the offending spam message as an attachment to a poorly formatted cover letter. The user must still manually send the report. It would be so much more convenient if the extension provided one-click reporting. As-is, it is hardly more useful than manually forwarding a message.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.20.0). 

Excellent Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Excellent, makes using SpamCop much easier.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.20.0). 

Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Fails to work with Thunderbird 31.3.0. Support channels yielded zero response.

I'd love to do my part and report spam, but it has to be quick and easy.

The lack of reply was discouraging.


This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.20.0). 

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

New update not so good. Habul no longer deletes the selected emails when that option is selected. You have to delete them manually. Seems to report them just fine. Worked fine before the last update.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.18.0). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Seems to work well. But the "Report" Button did not load into my toolbar. I had to place it manually.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.14.0). 

Great software but not working for latest Thunderbird release Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I have contributed and use this software extensively. It has been great so far and I am sure that as soon as it is updated for the ever rapidly changing Thunderbird (currently at v24) that it will work just as well again.

Problem: If you have more than one junk message selected Habul will contact your e-mail server but then it won't send the e-mails. Instead, it just times out. I run an e-mail server and I just finished tracking down this problem. Unfortunately - I don't work on the code. :-/ But I did watch it as it contacted my server, and then just sat there. I tried the fix (ie: v1.10) but that did not help.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.14.0). 

Hi markem,

it works fine for me with v24 as well.

Please report problems in the bug tracker in the SourceForge project.

Regarding your specific issue: please note that Thunderbird sends the email, not HabuL -> see thunderbird logs

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Still works with TB 17.0 but no longer moves the reported email from Junk to Trash. Any plans for an update?

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.14.0). 

yes, this will be fixed in next release

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Excellent extension, works until TB 13. Thanks for the fix, Ythan, now it works perfectly with TB 14 too.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.10.0). 

I have recently uploaded a fixed version, but it's pending review:


Easily fixed for Thunderbird 14 Rated 5 out of 5 stars

I was sad to see that this no longer works in Thunderbird 14 and it doesn't seem to be actively maintained. Fortunately, it was an easy fix. You can get a compatible version at http://www.shroomery.org/ythan/habul_fixed.xpi.

*Please note that I am not the original author of this addon and this is an unofficial release!* If you are uncomfortable installing an addon which has not been reviewed by Mozilla, you can make the fix yourself. Just add the following to line 71 in habul.js:

var msgComposeService = Components.classes["@mozilla.org/messengercompose;1"].getService(Components.interfaces.nsIMsgComposeService);

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.10.0). 

Thank you Ythan, I have applied the fix and the new version is now pending review:


Doesn't work properly in v14b and v15a Rated 2 out of 5 stars

I manually placed the "Report" icon on the toolbar. Pressing it while selecting a message it says "No message are marked as Junk in the current folder".

Marking a message as Junk moves it into the Junk folder. If I use the "Report" button while in the "Junk" folder, it doesn't do anything. If I move a junk-marked message back to inbox so that I can use the report button (very convoluted) then it pauses for half a second and then nothing. I don't see any confirmation, I'm not sure it did report anything. I did so with 20 junk messages and it spent just as much time in that "pause" state as it did when there was only 1 junk marked message. Looks suspicious.

This extension should work on the messages that are highlighted (too), rather than only on those marked as junk; it should mark as junk at the same time to save clicks or awkward maneuvers (having to get all massages from junk into inbox and use the button again).

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.10.0). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

If you want it to work for new versions of Thunderbird, go to View>Toolbars>Customize and drag the "Report" button to a toolbar.

Works great. Thanks!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.10.0). 

Doesn't work anymore Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I would've given 4 stars, as my only problem was that it sent spam as attachments, but the report button is broken on Thunderbird 14.0a2.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.10.0). 

Thank you Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you, legolas558, for answering my question. I'm now reporting them in full!

Making it this easy to report spam is the only realistic way to get people to do it.

Best wishes,


This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.10.0).  This user has a previous review of this add-on.