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Dated: Aug. 13, 2004
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Contributed by Brian Jackson - Thank You Brian
I got this today and have no idea whether it works or not, but it sounds good and may protect you from spreading that empty email worm that is infecting everybody's mailbox now.
I have installed it but l can't yet tell if it works but it can do no damage.
Use your own discretion.
Here's a computer trick today that's very important and ingenious inits simplicity. As you may know, when/if a worm virus gets into yourcomputer it heads straight for your email address book and sendsitself to everyone in there, thus infecting all your friends andassociates.
This trick won't keep the virus from getting into your computer, butit will stop it from using your address book to spread further, andit will alert you to the fact that the worm attacked your system.
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 !000 (exclamation mark followed by 3 zeros).
In the window below where it prompts you to enter the new emailaddress, type in "WormAlert," which of course, isn't areal email address. Then complete everything by clicking Add and OK. Now, here's what you've done and why it works: the "name"!000 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 itselfto all your friends. But when it tries to send itself to !000, it will be undeliverable because of the phony email address you entered (WormAlert). If the first attempt fails (which it will because of the phony address), the worm goes no further and your contacts will not be infected.
Here's the second great advantage of this method: if an email can not 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 Worm Alert 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!
Since cyberterrorism may be on the rise...please pass it on.
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