Virus protection


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Had an e mail passed on to me the other day that certainly favours the k.I.S.S methodology, of which I am an advocate.
If it does not work I'm sure the tech boys out there will let us know. This one's for everyone. Enjoy.


Here's 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 E-mail 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 E-mail addresses. In the window where you would type your friend's first name, type in AAAAAAA. Same in space labeled screen name. For E-mail address enter [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>.

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 E-mail 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 E-mail addressed to AAAAAAA 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 need not ever worry about opening mail from friends."
Thats my email address!!!

Seriously it won't work. Any decent programmer would just send messages to every entry in the address book not one at a time.

PS I am a decent programmer but do not write Worms...