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This is not going to be easy (although I hope I'm wrong).
I've been tasked with Disableing the Spamd and MailScanner software on a seerver that was setup be an employee that is no longer with the company and did little to no documantation on anything and none on this.
So my question is where should I be looking for configustion files that need changeing and the like. I would just nuke the box but it is also doing a couple other things.
why on earth would you think that that is remotely hard?! just uninstall the packages... "rpm -e spamassassin" on an rpm based distro etc... alternatively if it is running as a seperate service just stop the service permanently using chkconfig or delete the symlink from /etc/rc.d/rc3.d or /etc/rc.d/rc5.d depedning on your runlevel.
note i can give specific details as you've not told us what distro you are even using... we're not psychic.
so on redhat run "chkconfig spamd off" and that'll stop it loading automatically, assuming that the service is called spamd. it's name can change a bit, might actually be called "spamassassin" or such like. similar for the other service.
in reality, i'd assume you were not su-ing correctly so weren't fully logged in as root. if you open a terminal, run "su -" and then run it, it'll work fine, without that dash it won't load the su'd users full profile, including path details.