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22-05-2005, 05:34 PM
Quite a while ago there was a theory (or fact) that if one entered the first address in Outlook Express or whatever as 0@0000 then if a virus tried to send a message from outlook using the first address from your address book then it would go nowhere. On doing a springclean of my address book I see that it is still there.

It would seem to me to be a useless precaution and that I might as well get rid of this address. If a virus were to get past my av (AVG) then it would send messages to all of my addresses, surely ?

Is that correct please ?
Misty :2cents:

Speedy Gonzales
22-05-2005, 06:09 PM
Yup, that doesnt always work, putting a false email in.

And yup if u got hit by a worm, it would go thru your address book. Maybe not thru all of them but random email addresses that are in your address book.

I would also make sure NOONE opens email attachments from people u dont know.

22-05-2005, 06:27 PM

I remember doing as you did. Shortly afterwards I read somewhere that it was a hoax and would not work.

Oxie (Lyn)

22-05-2005, 06:37 PM
The only thing that method did was to give you an indication you were infected as the message would be sent then bounce back as the user / domain could not be found. Virus's are much smarter today unfortuntaly.

Its not doing any harm there, I would leave it, it still maybe useful (as outlined above)
I would agree with Speedy, but I dont trust any attachments or any emails.

22-05-2005, 06:52 PM

I remember doing as you did. Shortly afterwards I read somewhere that it was a hoax and would not work.

Oxie (Lyn)

Hi Oxie
Just seeing the comment under your pseudonym that says "cheerful member" makes me smile !!
Misty :p

22-05-2005, 07:55 PM

I am pleased it brought a :) to your face.

Oxie (Lyn)

22-05-2005, 10:20 PM
How do you know that it'll bounce back? My family (back when they used WinXP and Outlook Express) had several invalid email addresses, possibly 1/5th their address book (They didnt have any in at that time). Still, when the virus time came, i arrived home one night to find 15 in my Thunderbird Inbox. Being blissfully ignorant, I tried to open the attached documents without luck, realising it was a virus.

Not a single message bounced back to them though?!

23-05-2005, 12:48 AM
As stated earlier "NOT THE COMPLETE ANSWER" Chill,
This was proberly before virus writers discovered that they could alias another user as the sender (before that, emails sent from the infected machine had the correct senders address).

23-05-2005, 01:56 AM
Oxie, Re:

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The key to success is making dreams come true.

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Bob Dylan

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Without ideals or violence,
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Even the pawn must hold a grudge.
Statues made of match sticks,
Crumble into one another,
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