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~Lenore    Posted 08-14-2003 at 12:38:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I got this note in my email. It sounded good to me so I thought I would share it here. I did what it said, I know it wont kill the worm. It should block its path though.

Worm Bandaid

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 email addresses. In the window where you would type your friend's first name, type in AAAAAAA. Same in space labeled screen name. For email address enter: AAAAAAA@AAAAAAA.AAA.

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 email telling you that an email addressed to AAAAAAA 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. You may want to pass this on to all your friends

toolman    Posted 08-14-2003 at 13:25:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
lenore we had something like that go around up here a while back instead of AAAA it was OOOO , i don,t think it did much though.

Hate to burst your bubble    Posted 08-14-2003 at 12:53:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
But...That 'trick' may have worked for about a week in 1997, but has since been surpassed by current virus writers to the N'th degree...

The current 'worm' has nothing to do with e-Mail and is not an attachment or rider on anything you are bringing into your puter...It floats around the net and looks for open ports on computers that are connected to the net...Once inside it executes its code and sets up shop, as it were...

As for e-Mail viruses, the best things you can do if running OutlookExpress, are to turn off the 'Preview Pane', write down all your addresses instead of keeping them in your 'Address Book' and get and use a reliable Anti-Virus Program...

NEVER open an attachment that you do not expect, even (especially) if you know the sender well...Confirm they sent you something first...


PS...Get yourself a 'Firewall'...Especially if you have cable or DSL, etc....Hardware is better, but for most users, software like ZoneAlarm or Tiny Personal Firewall (TFP), both available on the net...

toolman    Posted 08-14-2003 at 13:24:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
salmoneye would a router be what your talking about i.e. a good hardware firewall ?don,t know much or enough about computers , looks like it,s time to start learning ,thanks.

Salmoneye    Posted 08-14-2003 at 14:06:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some(lots of) routers do have internal hardware firewalls...

A good thing to have if you have a home network or an always on connection...

toolman    Posted 08-14-2003 at 14:09:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
thanks salmoneye, ours is pretty much an always on connection and we are adding another computer to the system so i guesss it was money well spent.

PS...Worm Info...    Posted 08-14-2003 at 13:06:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Below is the link to the Symantec (Nortons Anti-Virus) page describing this current threat...


~Lenore    Posted 08-14-2003 at 13:47:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Goodness! I hate these kind of things!
I have ME and I have noticed in all the "official"
info ME is not included.
If that is correct,
it is the first good thing I have heard about ME.

Hmm...    Posted 08-14-2003 at 14:05:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know I read on one site (darned if I can find it now) that ME was vulnerable also, but I am betting that it is not as it is based on the Win9X platform and not the 2000/XP...

Aint this fun?


toolman    Posted 08-14-2003 at 14:16:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
this young fellow who fixes my computer is an amazing fellow. he has never had any formal training , not certified or anything, he just got a computer when he was in his early teens played and broke it had to learn to fix it, now he has one of the best small bussiness in our area, just hired two other young guys to work for him , has all the major companys and the city on contracts as well as the local cable /internet provider, he fixes computers (not much over head) and builds and sells computers, sets up networks etc. he has done very well for himself, as you can tell im quite impressed with him, it,s nice to see young people being responsibile and doing well.

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