I use Mozilla Thunderbird as my desktop email client. Maybe it is not the finest piece of software in the world, but it kind of works for me. Besides, throughout the years I have seen a good share of different email clients, and not all of them were pretty. In fact, some were so ugly I do not even want to mention them.
So, like I am saying, I am OK with Thunderbird. But there is one recurring problem with it that really pisses me off. Every once in a while after collecting new mail and getting it sorted, Thunderbird ends up being very confused about the contents of its Junk folder. You can delete all spam messages to clear the box, but a few items will still be there. I call them ghost junkies. Here is what it looks like:
People say the problem has to do with some internal index getting corrupt, and luckily enough, there is a way to fix it. Here is how you do it.
- Close Thunderbird.
- Go to the Local Foldersfolder. The full path will vary, but you will get the idea from this example:
C:\Documents and Settings\your-windows-name\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\er7ak551.default\Mail\Local Folders
- Locate and delete the files Junk and Junk.msf.
- Launch Thunderbird again.
After relaunching Thunderbird, those ugly ghost junkies should go away. As you could see, fixing this was not all that hard, but if you know of a more radical way to deal with the broken Junk index, please let me know.
Update: Problem solved!
Many thanks to reader notsofast! As it turns out, there is a much easier way to rebuild the index. You just right-click on the Junk folder and select Properties which will bring up the dialog:
Now click the Rebuild Index button and you are all set! Hooray!