I love my Gmail. I retired Outlook about two years ago and adopted the Gmail interface. But one minor nuisance is always seeing that Spam counter. It's just on my mind, it can easily be mistaken for new mail at a quick glance. I found a tip where you can create a filter to automatically mark any incoming Spam as read so you won't see that counter.
Create a new filter, and fill in the field "has the words" and use in:spam
Leave the rest of the fields blank and click next step
Then check the box "Mark as Read" and create your filter