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How 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 worm virus
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:

  • Open your address book.
  • Click on NEW CONTACT just as you would if you were adding a new address to your list.
  • In the window where you enter the first name, type "!000" (an exclamation mark followed by three zeros, without the quotes). In the window where you enter the new e-mail address, type in "WormAlert"(without the quotes).
  • Complete by clicking add, enter, OK, etc. You may be promted that this is not a valid e-mail address, do you want to continue. If so, click Yes.

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.




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