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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR ADDRESS BOOK!

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Chevit, Aug 25, 2003.

  1. Chevit

    Chevit 1/2 ton status

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    I learned a computer trick today that's really ingenious
    in its simplicity.
    As you may know, when a worm virus gets into your
    computer it heads
    straight for your email 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 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 AAAAAAA@AAA.AAAA 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!
     
  2. Skigirl

    Skigirl 1/2 ton status

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    Yep, I've had that for a while. I do think it's an effective heads up! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  3. R72K5

    R72K5 Banned

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    yeah but there are viruses or worms that dont store on your HDD but they hunt in your temporary internet files for email addies to send to,

    delete your temp fiels often, get window washer program, its small, i dontuse adress books at all on my system yet these email with worm attachments still send from my addy

    cant do much about it, but can help lessen it

    on IE systems click on tools/internet options/delete files in temporary section

    also go to your cookies folder in windows and delete cookies you dont want to keep,
    do this often, both are rediculously simple to do

    good luck
     
  4. chevyfumes

    chevyfumes Court jester

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    Watch for the muzzleflash!
    I don't have any friends... /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
  5. mudhog

    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    i did it right after i read that email you sent thanks /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  6. Muddytazz

    Muddytazz 1 ton status

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    Nice /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     

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