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Email virus tip - how to avoid sending a virus

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From: Judy Decker (jdecker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Sep 05 2001 - 20:34:34 PDT


Welcome back everyone!

I got this tip from a co-worker..... This will stop your machine from
sending out an e-mail virus if you have opened an e-mail virus in error.

Make a bogus e-mail account in your address book (I named the bogus
account aaaa so it would appear at the top).
Here is the message he sent to us:

> a unique way to avoid sending out a virus
> through Outlook's address book:
> Make a bogus address in your address book:
> #0000@doesnotexist

> This becomes the first address in your address book. The
> virus tries to send itself to every address in the address
> book the moment it is activated on your machine.
> Fortunately, this bogus address is the first address in the
> address book and stops the virus from going anywhere
> because the message pops up that it cannot find this
> address and do you want to send it anyway. The moment
> you see the bogus address you know what is going on and
> you can stop it.
>
> After you delete the unsent infected messages, run
> Norton immediately..... If you are not paying attention it
> doesn't matter, because the virus will not go anywhere
> and the dialogue box will stay open until you eventually
> cancel it.

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