Who is this service for?

GFI MailEssentials provides anti-spam and email security for your mail servers.

About GFI MailEssentials

GFI MailEssentials provides anti-spam and email security for your mail servers.

Average rating 3.3/5

Total score
3.3
“Ease of use
3.2
User support
3.2
Features
3

Product details

Starting price:

1usd / per month
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Desktop & Mobile Platforms:

Windows

Cloud, SaaS, Internet

Training:

Documentation

Online

Support:

Working hours

Online

Software Developer

GFI Software
http://www.gfi.com
Set up in 1992
Malta

Features

Allow / Block List
Anti Spam
Anti Virus
Archiving & Retention
Email Attachment Protection
Email Routing
Encryption
Policy Management
Quarantine
Reporting/Analytics
Spam Blocker
Spam Detection
Whitelisting/Blacklisting

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V
Verified Reviewer

«System administrator »

Usability

Support

Features

4

Overall rating

Benefits:

It's very easy to install system. Mostly the default configuration works out of the box without any problems.

Drawbacks:

The system is somewhat easy to use. They have a lot of limitations when you try to do advanced configuration load or reset spam lists.

August 25, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
J
John R.

«A bit finicky»

Usability

Support

Features

3

Overall rating

Benefits:

Once you get it configured it does a great job of filtering out spam.

Drawbacks:

Loves to crash in the middle of the night and fill users boxes with spam.

July 5, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
E
Eric T.

«We have used GFI Mail essentials for the past two years to archive our email for our users to access»

Usability

Support

Features

4

Overall rating

Benefits:

It has performed very well as far as the archiving of our emails. Our users are able to retrieve their own emails for themselves therefore reducing the administration overhead of doing the same tasks ourselves.

Drawbacks:

There are only a few gripes and most are minor. One being the amount of segmented archives that seem to get created. Integration with our domain was a little tricky.

In sum:

The ability to quickly and effectively archive our emails and retrieve them via a simple web browser gui.

July 3, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
K
Kenneth S.

«Overall a good service»

Usability

Support

Features

3

Overall rating

Benefits:

GFI MailEssentials does a good job of controlling SPAM. Administration is easier than some similar products but not as easy as others.

Drawbacks:

Administration requires some IT experience for successful implementation and user maintenance. Occasionally it seems like the filters block some non-SPAM items.

June 15, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
S
Shawn B.

«Set it and Forget it AntiSPAM product that we use for most of our non-Office365 Clients»

Usability

Support

Features

3

Overall rating

Benefits:

The Installation is fairly quick and easy. GFI has a host of add-ons so it makes it easier to piece-meal the products you want to add to your deployment. Love the end-user SPAM/Quarantine Access. The Daily Digest feature is excellent, clients like the reports they get daily.

Drawbacks:

Can get cumbersome if you start going into the minutiae. The Licensing part I'm not very fond of, if you go over the quantity the software simply stops working after a week or so of grace-period. I would prefer if they sent email reminders when License renewal is closer. Customer Service is hard to get a hold of.

June 13, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
V
Verified Reviewer

«Spam Filter»

Usability

Support

Features

3

Overall rating

Benefits:

We used this product for few years and then moved to another product . When we used, it worked okay. Open source was the plus that I noticed and self hosted is another.

Drawbacks:

We had some issues with legit emails getting tagged as false positives.

May 27, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
Matt E.

«An OK spam solution»

Usability

Support

Features

3

Overall rating

Benefits:

Administration is easier then on some of the other spam solution products I've used. Also one of the cheaper spam solutions.

Drawbacks:

The filters are sub par at filtering. Even after verifying hardened settings. Too much spam still gets through.

April 26, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
V
Verified Reviewer

«SPAM filter»

Usability

Support

Features

4

Overall rating

Benefits:

This is a good solution and fairly easy to use

Drawbacks:

Doesn't scale up well in my opinion, hard when you want to managed a large system.

In sum:

I used to use this before switching to Barracuda.

February 16, 2021
Feedback source: the Internet
J
Jared M.

«Brain-dead easy to manage, but brain-dead stupid software»

Usability

Support

Features

3

Overall rating

Benefits:

I suppose the management interface is generally intuitive, though something as simple as whitelisting an individual address or domain can be stupidly cumbersome. Oh, that email address your manager asked you to whitelist still isn't being allowed through? Better make sure you hit 'apply' in both areas, including the more hidden one not readily apparent from the section you enter the email address. Support is fairly responsive, but I have not once had a serious issue resolved by them and isntead referred to their published knowledge base myself. This is not the fault of their support, but instead limitations of the software itself.

Drawbacks:

Where to begin? Extraordinarily limited anti-spam, anti-spoof and antivirus engines cause so much spam to waltz through on an hourly basis. It is an absolute embarassment of a product that is humiliating to our department - we've switched to Mimecast which we hopefully plan to implement in the next few weeks. We were saved by our endpoint antivirus software, mercifully, when an email spoofing our domain recently was sent to nearly every user in the company simultaneous attached with a crypto payload in a word doc. It is inexcuseable for software this poorly functioning to be marketed and sold at the price they are requesting. This may be particular to our environment due to the nature of our business and the tremendous email volume, so a smaller company may have success with it.

December 9, 2020
Feedback source: the Internet