[Dixielandjazz] Antivirus trick

Cees van den Heuvel heu at bart.nl
Tue Feb 11 23:24:12 PST 2003

I´t not really a hoax, but look at
and you´ll know only a good antivirus proram
really helps.

Gr. Cees van den Heuvel

----- Original Message -----
From: "John Farrell" <stridepiano at tesco.net>
To: "DJML" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 9:30 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Antivirus trick

> 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
> http://homepages.tesco.net/~stridepiano/midifiles.htm
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