A new anti-spam tool, SidewinderX, has been released by Hendrickson Software Components.

SidewinderX is an automated AppleScript-able spam tracing and reporting software tool for Apple Mail. The Universal Binary software works natively on both PowerPC and Intel-based Macs.

The software works with Mail to trace and report spam email, and "spamvertized" links embedded in emails. It allows users to categorise spam by content, send different abuse complaints, and use different CC lists for abuse complaints from each category.

"SidewinderX is the ideal solution for spam-weary customers. Because it automatically traces the source of the spam and the embedded spamvertized and phishing links, and then reports the offenders to their ISPs. SidewinderX helps to eliminate the problem at the source," said Jeff Hendrickson, creator of the Sidewinder Rating Engine, and SidewinderX. "This first release is designed specifically for Mail and OS X, and versions will be available for other email clients and operating systems over the next few months."

The software works by automatically tracing the source of spam and embedded links and reporting offenders to their respective Internet Service Providers. SidewinderX users typically see their spam levels drop dramatically within a few weeks.

SidewinderX costs $19.95.