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Thread: Would this anti-virus trick work in Outlook Express?




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    I received this email from a friend that hardly knows how to turn a computer on...........


    "I learned a computer trick today that's really ingenious in its 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 "A".

    For the screen name or email address, type "AAAAAAA@AAA.AAA".

    Now, here's what you've done and why it works:

    The "name" "A" 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@AAA.AAA, it will be

    undeliverable because of the phony email address you entered. 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 In Box almost immediately. Hence, if you ever get an email telling you that an email addressed to AAAAAAA@AAA.AAAA 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!"

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    thx bro :thumb:

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    Reply to your friend that its all a CROCK.
    Its an urban myth thats been floating around for years .
    :D

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    This trick used to work with some old worms. But these days the creators of worms don't fall for such an easy trick.
    "Make FPS, not war"

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    The only thing about that which would work would be the knowing you've got a worm you get a return email. It's not going to stop it sending to everyone else still.

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    at least you'd know..........so i did it

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    Thanks for the input guys!
    I didn't think anything so simple would work.

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    at least you know.....sometimes, these things can dig in like a tick........i did it for your information.....thx :thumb:

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    Thats why I dont use Outlook Express :p

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    i'd like to sh#tcan it................

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