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YODA74
11-15-2001, 06:34 PM
Read this in the Paper this morning this man has an artical on computers every thursday kind of hillarious sometimes.
Thought I'd share it with ya'll.something we were talking about a while a go.


Question: I have been advised that a virus alert can be created by adding a ficticious name(such as !000)to the e-mail address book with "Virus Alert"
as the address. If a virus attempted to send itself to your entire list,mail to the phony address would be returned as undeliverable and you would know that a
viru may have gotten in.Is this feasible?
---ON GUARD


Answer:
Dear ON: NO,no,no,no,no,no! Have I made myself clear? This is absolutly no substitute for a virus checker with current definitions,
and if you rely on this bogus trick macking the rounds on the internet,you're going to wind up infecting your friends and rebuilding your computer.
The "Theory" behind this silly idea is that you get a notifacation if your already infected and in the process of infecting others.
Thats like telling Cher to dress her age.Oops! Too Late! Besides, the latest viruses pull e-mail addresses from places other than your address book.
You don't have to be Einstein to know you should invest in a decent anti-virus program that checks both incoming and outgoing mail,such as Norton 2002,
and that you need to either manually update the thing weekly or set it to automatically download and install new virus definitions.
And it wouldn't hurt to up-grade to the new Internet explorer 6 package:Outlook express now warns you if some program attempts to send mail with out
your knowledge.
But above all, everybody stop spamming me with this hint! I have too hard a time weeding through them to find all the porno offers.
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