Sorry to read people perpetuating this urban myth.
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!
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
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