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hi all. i received this email today and was wondering how accurate it was.
thanks for your help.HOW TO PROTECT YOUR ADDRESS BOOK!


I learned a computer trick today that's really ingenious in its
simplicity. As you may know, when/if a worm virus gets into your computer
it heads straight for your e-mail address book, and sends itself to
everyone in there, thus infecting all your friends and associates.
This trick won't keep the virus from getting into your computer, but it
will stop it from using your address book to spread further, and it will
alert you to the fact, that the worm has gotten into your system.

Here's what you do:

First, open your address book and click on "new contact," just as you
would do if you were adding a new friend to your list of e-mail
addresses. In the window where you would type your friend's first name,
type in AAAAAAA. Same in space labeled screen name.

Now, here's what you've done and why it works:

The "name" AAAAAAA will be placed at the top of your address book as
>entry #1. This will be where the worm will start in an effort to send
itself to all your friends. But, when it tries to send itself to AAAAAAA,
it will be undeliverable because of the phony email address you entered.
If the first attempt fails (which it will because of the phony address),
the worm goes no further and your friends will not be infected.

Here's the second great advantage of this method:

If an email cannot be delivered, you will be notified of this in your
Inbox almost immediately. Hence, if you ever get an e-mail telling you
that an e-mail addressed to AAA could not be delivered, you know right
>away that you have the worm virus in your system. You can then take steps
to get rid of it!

Pretty slick huh?

If everybody you know does this then you need not ever worry about
opening mail from friends.

Pass this on to all your friends.
 
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Hi canes

A load of rubbish - a worm will not start or stop at one address, it will send to ALL addresses it finds - the safest way to PROTECT YOUR ADDRESS BOOK is have a good anti-virus and keep it updated

steam
 

canes

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thanks! you guys are awesome.
the iternet is such an inceridible source of info., but sometimes you get emails like that. and for us not so knowledgeable, we turn to the pros!!!!!
btw, thanks Deke for that website. really cool!

canes

p.s. can you guys recommend some good literature or dvd video
i can read to kinda learn to become a little (actually a lot) better rounded and versed in comps like many here???????
something to get me started.

thanks in advance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D
 
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Canes-I got a copy of "Windows 98 for Dummies" when I first received my pc. I am still a "Dummie", but an informed one.
 

canes

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lololol.

i was thinking about some courses at the local university.
but damn those classes are expensive!!!!!!
 
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