my friend sent me this advice about a way to prevent those irksome worms from being sent to all ur friends in your 'address books'. checked with gunslinger that it was ok to post this and gunslinger suggested that i post it in The Commons, so here goes:
Thought you might find this interesting. Very simple and makes sense! One thing to note, is that this will only work if you are reading email while online, but it's a good safeguard. Yesterday, this tip was forwarded to the help desk here at oxy to see if they thought it a good idea, and I see that they have inserted this "name" at the head of the global address lists! So if you have a personal address book, it's apparently a good idea to insert this dummy there. A friend just sent me the following information, which she said could be passed on, regarding how to protect ones e-mail from viruses.
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 from using your address book to spread further, and it will alert you to the fact that the worm attacked your system.
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 !000 (exclamation mark followed by 3 zeros). In the window below where it prompts you to enter the new email address, type in "WormAlert," which of course, isn't a real email address. Then complete everything by clicking Add and OK.
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 phoney email address you entered (WormAlert).
If the first attempt fails (which it will because of the phoney address), the worm goes no further and your contacts 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 e-mail telling you that an email addressed to WormAlert 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!
let me know if this works. i've already changed my address book and will also keep u posted