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Protecting Address Books & PCs from Worms/Viruses

This "tip" was recently sent to me by a friend. Is there any truth that this trick would stop the virus from propogating? Thanks. Bill

This trick won't keep a 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.AAA 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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You do know this is BAD ADVICE that won't die?

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Too bad....

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It sounded like such a good idea, I was about to try it.....until I read your post!! Oh well....Maggie

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Correct That It Won't Stop Spread (Local or Mail) of the

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Virus or mail trojan BUT I believe it will get AAAWorm... bounced as undeliverable back to your inbox & when you see it, you will now be aware some thing's not right and should begin scans to find the beast and remove along with notifying all in address book to beware that your e-mail may have contained XYZ worm/trojan/virus and by suppling them w/ name make any steps they may need to take fewer & clear.
I note, using AVG Mail Scanner, all my mail returned as undeliverable,
is returned by AVG warning/notification.
Not a preventer but perhaps early (before regular scan) warning. Mind you, AVG should have never allowed it on to the machine in the first place! Please tell me I'm wrong, Bob, if that is the case. TIA Sandy Grin

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Agree with your thinking...

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I have used this method for advance warning for some years. May not help much but at least I get a little comfort from knowing I may learn earlier of any contamination. Happy


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Just a thought....

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Although it might limit some operations, or at least make them tedious, placing the same single number or letter (or even different nos and letters) before each name in your address book, that can quickly be removed when sending mail, would lock up your address book.????

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(NT) Humm.. that's a new wrinkle... saves ones friends also :)

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To This Know-Nothing, Sounds Like a Very Reasonable...

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& original thought & bet. I think I may try that as I send VERY little mail so wouldn't be much inconvenience! Thanks & Kudos! Grin

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