The use of email as a mass-marketing tool has become an epidemic particular to the current global use of computers in our society. According to one recent opinion, over 45% of all email sent over the Internet is unwanted and uninvited. This is a conservative estimate, while an average email account may start out pristine and useful, it quickly accumulates layers of unsolicited commercial email like the age rings of a tree, until the whole thing collapses under its own weight. So what to do about it? Many processes have been set in motion to declare unsolicited commercial email illegal, but as yet no law exists to really regulate it. The best way of dealing with unsolicited commercial email currently is through avoidance and redirection. It's sort of like the 'if a tree falls in the forest...' question. If unsolicited commercial email lands in an inbox, and no one is there to read it, does it really exist? Answer is, who cares? Let's look at what unsolicited commercial email is, and how to filter it out of your life like the hairball in your sink.