Junk e-mail is threatening to throttle the internet. Almost all of us fall victim to SPAM at one time or another. Some of the best minds in the business have struggled with this problem -- there are some answers, but the bottom line is to just be patient. Where do they all come from? How did they get my address. 'Just some of the thoughts that cross your mind every day as you wade through the tons of junk mail entries to get to the ones that matter. SPAMmers work hard to find you on the Internet. Web-based e-mail addresses are particularly susceptible to SPAMmers, also those who sign-up for newsgroups and subscription services. What to do? Well, the list is more like what you shouldn't do. First, don't respond to the unwanted mail in any way, and that also means don't take them up on their promise to cancel future spam mail if you just ask to be "removed". Most popular e-mail programs now can filter out a good bit of the junk, and then there's the bottom line solution -- delete, delete, delete. Something that some people claim they have success with is to substitute the HTML equivalent of the "@" symbol in your e-mail address. Here's what you do: put the ampersand symbol followed by the pound symbol, and then the characters "6" and "4" (@) instead of the "at" symbol. And supposedly the e-mail spam spiders can't detect your e-mail address. Many turn to software solutions with some success. Check out www.junkbusters.com for starters...lots of information there. www.spamkiller.com promises to stop spam the easy way -- for $30. And finally, www.removeyou.com claims to remove your address from unwanted advertisers for free. But they, too, want your e-mail address. A number of different state and federal laws have been proposed to curb spam -- most with no effect. One other thing you might do, too, is report the spammer to their service provider...and let the ISP pull the plug.