Anti-virus control

To: "birding-aus" <>
Subject: Anti-virus control
From: "jilldening" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2001 13:21:12 +1000
Hello everyone,
The following notification came to me from my Macintosh Users' Group, and I imagine it would apply to any PC email programme. It is a simple action worth trying to reduce the spread of computer viruses. My action in posting this is hardly altruistic - I want to remain virus-free too. I am assuming that the information is correct, because it has come from a member who teaches computing.

Try this. You will save yourselves the headache of apologizing to your friends for sending them emails with viruses should you get infected with a virus on your computer.

Stop the spread of viruses - Trick your address book !

Who among us doesn't know someone who has experienced the embarrassment of unknowingly spreading a computer virus via their email address book?

It's time to STOP this from happening by TAKING CONTROL of your email program!

For those who are unaware, many computer viruses spread themselves by sending themselves to everyone in your address book. Imagine how you would feel if you were unknowingly infected with a computer virus, and worse yet, your friends, family, and business contacts were being targeted by your computer!

This tip won't prevent YOU from getting any viruses (you have to scan those attachments yourself before opening them to do that), but it will stop those viruses from latching onto your address book and sending itself out to others.

To avoid spreading computer viruses, create a contact in your email address book with the name : 0000 and with no email address in the details.

This contact will then show up as your first contact. If a virus attempts to do a "send all" on your contact list, your pc will put up an error message saying that: "The Message could not be sent. One or more recipients do not have an e-mail address. Please check your Address Book and make sure all the recipients have a valid e-mail address."

You click on OK and the offending (virus) message would not have been sent to anyone. Of course no changes have been made to your original contacts list. The offending (virus) message may then be automatically stored in your "Drafts" or "Outbox" folder. Go in there and delete the offending message.

Problem is solved and virus is not spread.

Try this and pass on to your email contacts. The more people that use this technique, the less vulnerable we will be to viruses that spread in this manner!

Jill Dening
Ph 07 5494 0994
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
26°  51' ; 152°  56'
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