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A form of virus protection????

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by tes3, Jan 24, 2002.


Is !0000 a form of virus protection?

  1. will work

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  2. won't work

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  3. may work

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  1. tes3

    tes3 Thread Starter

    Sep 7, 2000
    A while back when all those viruses were coming out that were suppose to use your own address book for addresses I was sent an email stating that if you had !0000 in you address book it would stop the process.
    It's an interesting concept, does anyone know if it will work or not? Something tells me it won't, but maybe someone out there can say for sure.
    I put it in mine just incase,

    :) :( ;) :mad: :rolleyes: :p
  2. Gnosisless


    Dec 17, 2001
    Basically, can't hurt, probably won't help.

    From Hoaxbuters (http://hoaxbusters.ciac.org/HBMalCode.shtml), a Dept of Energy site that investigates electronic hoaxes:

    !000 Hoax
    December 2001

    I was kind of hoping that this one would die of its own accord, but no such luck. While not really false, this list of instructions does not really help you prevent infections and could fool you into being careless. For the few worms that remote control your Outlook application, this would tell you that you had already spammed the world with who knows how many worm infected e-mails. For the current crop of worms that spread via e-mail, which contain their own internal mailer, this would do nothing. Your time would be much better spent installing a good antivirus program and keeping it updated.

    Remember, don't run attachments that you were not expecting to receive, even those that appear to have been sent by a friend. Verify them first with the friend before running them (assuming you really trust the friend).

    Here is a very helpful tip concerning worm viruses you could get in an email:

    As you may know, if a worm virus gets into your computer, it heads straight
    for your email address book and sends itself to everyone in there, thus
    infecting all your friends and associates. This tip won't keep the 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 virus
    has gotten into your system.

    Here's what you do:

    1. Open your address book and add a "New Contact" just as you would do if
    you were adding someone to your list of email addresses;

    2. In the window where you would type your contact's first name, type !000
    (that's an exclamation mark followed by 3 zeros);

    3. In the box where you would enter the email address, type WormAlert;

    4. Click Add;

    5. Then, click OK.

    Now, here's what you've done and why it works: The name !000 will appear at
    the top of your email list as entry number:

    A. This is the first email address a worm virus will find when it tries to
    send all of your friends a virus infected email. But because the 1st email
    address is invalid, it will be undeliverable, and the worm virus stops any
    further attempts to access your address book.

    B. The second advantage of this tip is that you will be notified when an
    email cannot be delivered because of an invalid email address. You will
    receive an email telling you that your email to "WormAlert" could
    not be delivered. If you get this message, you'll know right away that you've
    got a worm virus in your system. You can then take the appropriate steps to get
    rid of it. Just knowing that you even have a virus is half the battle.

    This is a very helpful tip, so pass it on.

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