to stop an e-mail worm virus.
Due to the recent e-mail
worms going around this is a quick and easy way to prevent
your e-mail system from being damaged and disabling it from
infecting other peoples e-mail as well.
How to stop and e-mail
I learned a trick today that is really ingenious in its simplicity.
As you may know, when a worm virus gets into your computer
it heads straight for your e-mail address book and sends itself
to everyone in it, thus infecting all of your e-mail contacts.
This trick won't keep a
virus from getting into your computer, but it will stop it
from using your address book to spread itself further, and
it will alert you to the fact that a worm is in your system.
Here's what to do:
Here's what you have
done and why it works.
The "name" !000 will be placed at the top of your
address book as entry #1. This is where a worm starts to send
itself to all of your contacts in your address book. When
it tries to send itself to !000, that address will be undeliverable
because of the phony e-mail address you entered (WormAlert).
If the first attempt fails (wich it will because this is a
phony address), the worm goes no further and your contacts
in l;your address book will not be infected.
Here is another advantage
to this method.
If an e-mail cannot be delivered, you are notified in your
INBOX almost immediately. If you ever get an e-mail telling
you that an e-mail addressed to WormAlert could not be delivered,
you know you have a worm virus in your system and can then
take steps to get rid of it.