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Nigelum

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I've heard that if you put this type of contact in your address book (ficticious e-mail), that it would stop a virus/trojan horse from sending out e-mail to all of your contacts...is it true, or just another urban myth.

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[email protected]
 
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It can't stop it. But what the story says is that when a virus/worm tries to send mails to all addresses in Address Book, this fake address will be one of them.

Since the mail won't go through, there will be an error message from your ISP/mail provider informing you about failed delivery. That can warn you about the presence of some virus/worm in your machine and you can take corrective action to repair the infection.

It cannot stop the malicious code, but, may be, gives you a warning of its presence. Don't know how far it is true. But I feel that instead of 0000 keep something like [email protected]. This at least sounds like an email address.

Viruses/worms writers have become smarter and use their own SMTP servers which may not generate warnings of failed deliveries.

But still you lose nothing in trying.
 
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