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    protection from worm viruses

    Protecting Your Address Book

    NOTE: Works with "send all" viruses, but not with those that randomly select addresses from your address book. See

    http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/quickfix.htm



    HOW TO PROTECT YOUR ADDRESS BOOK!

    I learned a computer trick today that's really ingenious in it simplicity. As you may know, when/if a worm virus gets into your computer it heads straight for your email address book, and sends itself to everyone in there, thus infecting all your friends and associates. This trick won't keep the virus from getting into your computer, but it will stop it from using your address book to spread further, and it will alert you to the fact, that the worm has gotten into your system.

    Here's what you do: first, open your address book and click on "new contact" just as you would do if you were adding a new friend to your list of email addresses. In the window where you would type your friend's first name, type in AAAAAAA. In the window below where it prompts you to enter the new email address, type in WormAlert@somewhere.com . Then complete everything by clicking add, enter, ok, etc.

    Now, here's what you've done and why it works: The "name" AAAAAAA will be placed at the top of your address book as entry #1. This will be where the worm will start in an effort to send itself to all your friends. But when it tries to send itself to AAAAAAA, it will be undeliverable because of the phony email address you entered (WormAlert@somewhere.com). If the first attempt fails (which it will because of the phony address), the worm goes no further and your friends will not be infected.

    Here's the second great advantage of this method: If an email cannot be delivered, you will be notified of this in your InBox almost immediately. Hence, if you ever get an email telling you that an email addressed to WormAlert@somewhere.com could not be delivered, you know right away that you have the worm virus in your system. You can then take steps to get rid of it! Pretty slick huh?

    If everybody you know does this then you needn't ever worry about opening mail from friends.

    Feel free to pass this on to all your friends.

    ...act like a survivor not a victim.

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    That is a cool idea!

    Thanks, WA. I copied and pasted this to my friends.

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    not so, unfortunately

    Originally posted by Linda:

    Thanks, WA. I copied and pasted this to my friends.
    Please don't! It's an old wellknown trick - it's also well known (in virus newsgroups) that it doesn't work. A hoax, although one that doesn't do any damage as far as I remember. Besides consuming your time and giving a false sense of safety, that is.

    But next time you hurry to copy something to your friends without researching, it may not be like that. Try to check out the jdbgmgr.exe virus hoax for instance......)-:

    cybs, denmark

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    I was wrong -

    - about this one not doing any damage. The people at somewhere.com are _not_ very happy about this, I learned!!!!

    If you put:
    wormalert@somewhere.com hoax
    in you search machine, you'll learn more.

    Also:
    http://hoaxbusters.ciac.org/refpages/Wormalerthoax.txt
    tells you what _will_ happen, if you follow that "advise".

    cybs

    NEVER just copy or follow advise you read online - always wait and see for responses!

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