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08-12-2001, 12:15 PM
Have received this from a friend, and being suspicious by nature, I like the experts to check things out before endorsing what is recommended here? Because it supposedly comes from MP Sue Bradford's office makes it 'political' !
Message: 6
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2001 12:31:59 +1300
From: 'Sue Bradford MP, Whangarei Office' <suebradford.whangarei@xtra.co.nz>
Subject: Create your own virus protection

The following describes how you can stop a virus spreading from your
computer to others. It is a simple and effective process.

Virus Protection:
You might like to read and try this..
it makes sense and no harm is done by trying it..
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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
your friends, family, and business contacts were being targeted by your
computer! Well, if you want to avoid this sort of thing, here's a great

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 !000 (that's an exclamation
mark followed by 3 zeros). In the window below where it
prompts you to enter the new e-mail address, type in
'Worm Alert!'. Then complete everything by clicking add,
enter, OK, etc.

Now, here's what you've done and why it works. The 'name'
!000 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 !000, it will be undeliverable because of the phony
e-mail address you entered (Worm Alert!). 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
e-mail cannot be delivered, you will be notified of this in your
'In Box' almost immediately. Hence, if you ever get an e-mail
telling you that an email addressed to Worm Alert! 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.

We must emphasise that an ounce of prevention is better
than a ton of such damage-limiting tricks, so don't try to
open any unexpected e-mail attachment and always make
sure your anti-virus software is updated regularly and run
at least daily.

Try this and pass it 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!

08-12-2001, 12:43 PM
Hello Tim,

The 'trick' described in your e-mail would be effective against 'some' forms of virus, others use different methods to send from your e-mail clients address book such as picking a random number of addresses or going into your sent items folder and replying to those with the new payload attached.

So in summary, while not by any means offering a full protection it can't do any harm, and as such you may wish to do what it says.


08-12-2001, 12:54 PM
My what a big story you have for the 'F1' pages, I thought I could gave help to someone else, only to find the question makes a puzzle,

How do we know the virus starts at the top of the Email address list?
And while I do not wish to knock a idea, is this 100% guarantee to work,

But don't you think virus writers will start to make a new virus that when this reply email comes in it really screws up your computer just to tech one for playing games with a computer virus

And if this story coming from a MP if this is true, it is a real classic, if MP's wish to stamp out virus via Internet I am sure they could do better than this story.

08-12-2001, 02:25 PM
This does NOT work. It's as big a hoax as half the virus warning going round. Even if it were true, it would not stop the likes of Badtrans which uses your sent folder.