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    Computer Virus Question

    Just wondering if this would work?

    Subject: A HANDY HINT ABOUT EMAIL VIRUS PROTECTION

    It's a low-tech but very effective method of virus containment. One of the biggest
    problems with viruses as we all know is their ability to duplicate
    themselves by sending itself to each of the contacts in your address book.
    Well, thanks to Graham Brown from Broadtech who supplied us with the
    following.

    To avoid spreading computer viruses,
    create a contact in your email address book
    with the name

    !0000 Virus Attack

    "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:

    "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, make no changes
    to your original contacts list.

    The offending (virus) message may then be moved to your
    "Drafts" or "Outbox" folder. Go there and delete the offending
    message.
    Problem is solved and virus is not spread.


    Thanks,

    atom

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    I wish.
    It may work with some email programs, but I think most will just ignore the contacts without email address's. I know mine does.

    Your best bet is to just get yourself a good virus scanner, one that scans emails. On top of that, don't open any attachments unless you were expecting them or they're harmless (movie file, etc..). Also, turn off AUTO-PREVIEW if you have it enabled (the one that lets you highlight the message and preview it in a small window)..
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    I'm been attacked 3 times in the past 4 days. Each time they were fought off successfully. Just wondering if i should create an address anyways, what could it hurt?

    thanks,

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    it depends on how sophisticated the virus is...
    im pretty sure you can catch exceptions like that from vbscript.
    now, if the virus writer didn't think of that you will be notified...
    otherwise you're screwed

    why use outlook anyway? use TheBat or move to something other than windows

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    Easy solution.. ditch windows..

    Hahaha (Ok, Ok.. so the linux geek in me comes out a little too often)

    Seriously the best solution is to use something that's not as vulnerable. Some windows mail clients that could be used are Eudora, Pegasus, Netscape Mail, etc.. Yes, these mail programs lack some of the features that Outlook has.. but you have to consider that the more features you have, the more vulnerable you are (more possibilities for holes).

    Outlook IMO is just nasty. Yes, I am slightly jaded.

    Jim.

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    I wish.
    To add to what Jim mentioned, Outlook does have exploits, although Outlook 2002 does take care of some of these, and that parternered up with something like Norton Antivirus that scans email both incoming and outgoing, as well as any Visual Basic scripts, it'll make it REAL difficult for a virus to do anything..

    Eurdora suffers from few problems with virus's..
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    Originally posted by absolutdm
    To add to what Jim mentioned, Outlook does have exploits, although Outlook 2002 does take care of some of these, and that parternered up with something like Norton Antivirus that scans email both incoming and outgoing, as well as any Visual Basic scripts, it'll make it REAL difficult for a virus to do anything..

    Eurdora suffers from few problems with virus's..

    get the bat http://www.ritlabs.com


    ... and it's virii

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    Originally posted by AlphaQ
    ... and it's virii
    Nope..

    It's actually "viruses"

    The Proof

    Jim.

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    Originally posted by Big Jim


    Nope..

    It's actually "viruses"

    The Proof

    Jim.

    ouch

    i remember checking out dictionary sites and it saying "virii".
    this hurts...



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    Originally posted by Big Jim
    Easy solution.. ditch windows..

    Hahaha (Ok, Ok.. so the linux geek in me comes out a little too often)

    Seriously the best solution is to use something that's not as vulnerable. Some windows mail clients that could be used are Eudora, Pegasus, Netscape Mail, etc.. Yes, these mail programs lack some of the features that Outlook has.. but you have to consider that the more features you have, the more vulnerable you are (more possibilities for holes).

    Outlook IMO is just nasty. Yes, I am slightly jaded.

    Jim.
    How good are you with Linux? I am looking for someone to build a webserver for our office, an actual paying gig, if you or you know someone who is capable please let me know.

    I need to be able to host multiple domains on the same box. I just don't want to use IIS.

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    Originally posted by Big Jim

    Outlook IMO is just nasty. Yes, I am slightly jaded.

    Jim.
    they should rename Outlook to Lookout
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