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Trick your address book!

 

Who among us doesn't know someone who has experienced the embarrassmentof unknowingly spreading a computer virus via their email address book?

It's time to STOP this from happening by TAKING CONTROL of your emailprogram! For those who are unaware, many computer viruses spreadthemselves by sending themselves to everyone in your address book. Imaginehow you would feel if you were unknowingly infected with a computer virus,and worse yet, your friends, family, and business contacts were beingtargeted by your computer! Well, if you want to avoid this sort of thing,here's a great tip:

 

This tip won't prevent YOU from getting any viruses (you have to scanthose attachments yourself before opening them to do that), but it willstop those viruses from latching onto your address book and sending itselfout to others.

To avoid spreading computer viruses, create a contact in your email addressbook with the name :

10000 with no email address in the details.

 

This contact will then show up as your first contact. If a virus attemptsto do a "send all" on your contact list, your pc will put up an errormessage saying that: "The Message could not be sent. One or more recipientsdo not have an e-mail address. Please check your Address Book and make sureall the recipients have a valid e-mail address." Your messages to anindividual or individual addressees will not be affected. You click on OKand the offending (virus) message would not have been sent to anyone. Ofcourse no changes have been made to your original contacts list. Theoffending (virus) message may then be automatically stored inyour "Drafts" or "Outbox" folder. Go in there and delete the offendingmessage. Problem is solved and virus is not spread.

 

Also change your email password regularly

 

Not sure where I found this tip originally but I think this site below might have been the source

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/PCTechTalk/message/23025?threaded=1&var=1&p=4

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This is based on a true thing but has been going around the net for some time and it is considered to be a hoax as it mostly does not work as intended due to the sophistication of the worms.

 

Do a google search for the key words of this and any other type of advice or offer you receive in an email or see on the internet social websites that is perhaps too good to be true and add the search term "hoax" to your search.

 

so for this one I searched for "Trick your address book! hoax"

 

first two hits

 

http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/quickfix.asp

 

and

 

http://www.hoax-slayer.com/virus-control-hoax.html

 

and hit number 4

 

http://antivirus.about.com/cs/hoaxes/p/aaaa.htm

 

and hit number 5

 

http://home.mcafee.com/virusinfo/virusprofile.aspx?key=99213

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