Copyright 2002, Rick Macmurchie - February 6, 2002
Misleading Anti-Virus Information
I received the following message recently, it seems to be circulating widely in e-mail right now.
|I received a computer trick
today that's really ingenious in its simplicity(I hope it works). As you
may know, when/if a worm virus gets into your computer it heads straight
for your email address book and sends itself to everyone in there, thus
infecting all your friends and associates.
This trick won't keep the virus from getting
into your computer, but it will stop it
At first glance this seems to be good advice but if you rely on this to protect yourself against email worms, you may be disappointed with the results.
Most worms in current circulation will indeed try to send a message to the bogus email address, but the worms do not use the email capabilities of your email software, they have built-in mailing capabilities. There will not be any indication of the worm's activity in your Out Box, In Box or Sent Items, and the worm will not stop because one address is bad.
I would suggest not giving yourself a false sense of security by doing what this email suggests, and not forwarding the message to others.
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