Status of APEWS: ????

Long-standing (though not very accurate) blacklist APEWS seemed to be down for the count. Their website at has been down since March 15th, according to David Ritz.

My recommendation to mail administrators is to stop using APEWS. But then again, was anybody using APEWS recently, anyway?

For history's sake, here's a link to the article I published long ago, explaining what to do if you find yourself blacklisted by APEWS.

APEWS was previously down for three weeks in August, 2010.

Update: APEWS appears to have returned somewhere around May 1st, 2013.

It goes down, it comes back up, it goes down again, it comes back up again. At this point I think we'll just call it a status of "?????"

Status of DEAD

The DNSBL appears to have gone offline as of April 2, 2013. It appears to have been created in early 2011 by somebody known as "Tom from TRBL," whom I observed participating in various email discussion lists. I've emailed Tom and will update this page if I receive any further details.

I recommend removing from any blacklist checking you're doing. Any time a blacklist is shut down, there's a chance that they will end up putting in a wildcard DNS record, which ends up effectively "blacklisting the world" and causing problems for any receiving sites who still have that DNSBL configured in their mail server configuration.

(Thanks to Martijn Grooten for the heads up.)