[Dixielandjazz] Antivirus trick

Bill Gunter jazzboard at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 11 21:41:02 PST 2003

WormAlert . . .

Sounds like a good idea to me, John . . . I'll try it.


Bill Gunter
jazzboard at hotmail.com

>From: "John Farrell" <stridepiano at tesco.net>
>To: "DJML" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
>Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Antivirus trick
>Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 20:30:25 -0000
>This ingenious piece of advice comes from another list to which I belong :
>"As you know when a worm virus gets into your computer it heads straight
>for your email address book and sends itself to everyone there, thus
>infecting all your friends and associates.  The following trick will
>not keep the virus from getting into your computer, but it will stop it
>from going any further.  And it will alert you to the fact that it is
>in your system.
>Here's what you should do - open your address book and add a new
>contact.  In the window where it prompts you to enter the new friends
>name type !000 (that's an exclamation mark followed by three zeros).
>In the window below where it prompts you to enter the new email address
>type in WormAlert.  Then complete everything by clicking add, enter,
>OK, etc.
>Now here's what you have done and why it works : the name !000 will
>be placed at the top of you address book as entry No 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 !000 it will be
>undeliverable because of the bogus email address that you entered
>(WormAlert).  As the first attempt fails the worm goes no further and
>your friends will not be infected.
>The second advantage of this is that if an email cannot be delivered
>you will be notified of this almost immediately.  So if you ever get
>an email telling you that an email addressed to WormAlert could not
>be delivered, you know right away that you have a worm virus in your
>system.  You can then take steps to get rid of it."
>Clever stuff, huh?
>John Farrell
>stridepiano at tesco.net
>Dixielandjazz mailing list
>Dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com

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