[Dixielandjazz] Antivirus trick

Williams, Bob robert.c.williams at eds.com
Tue Feb 11 18:25:04 PST 2003

I don't know about you guys, but I've probably got lots of invalid email
addresses in my address book.  If this technique worked, I'd think one would
be alerted whether or not he put in a fictitious address.

But maybe that's just me.

Bob "I Can Never Think of Anything Clever to Put Here" Williams

-----Original Message-----
From: Bill Gunter [mailto:jazzboard at hotmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 11, 2003 4:17 PM
To: norrie.thomson at btopenworld.com; stridepiano at tesco.net;
dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com
Subject: Re: [Dixielandjazz] Antivirus trick

Hi Norrie and all,

John Farrell posted a method of alerting e-mailers if a worm started sending

out e-mails to everyone in your address book.

I thought it sounded logical so I did what he suggested.

Norrie Thompson responds:

>This was suggested some time ago to fool the Kak-Worm.  Unfortunately, it
>doesn't work. I know!

There are a couple of things which seem reasonable to me regarding John 
Farrell's suggestion.

1. It vouldn't hoit!

2. It's not intended to protect your computer, merely to alert you to the 
fact that your computer has been invaded.

3. It's a totally benign protocol. Simply add a fictitious address in your 
address book for "WormAlert" which would be undeliverable.

The rest is totally automatic . . . you'll be notified if the worm attempted

to send something to your fictitious e-mail address.

So Norrie, would you add some information to your last post and tell us why 
it doesn't do what it's supposed to do. What experience did you have that 
let you "know" why it doesn't work.

Hope all is well over there in Edinburgh . . . and say "Hi" to Mike Hart.


Bill Gunter
jazzboard at hotmail.com

MSN 8 with e-mail virus protection service: 2 months FREE*  

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