Christy is correct. The only way to be as safe as possible is to have an anti-virus program installed, leave it running at all times, and update it often. I check for updates daily on mine. There are "free" a/v programs out there, so there is NO EXCUSE for NOT having one. Here is the URL for one: http://www.grisoft.com/html/us_index.htm Doug Christy wrote: > Morning Jerry > > This is just an alteration to the older !000 trick. > Some say it works other say it doesn't. Whats > more important is the fact that recent virus/worms > don't even need your address book or email client to > spread they create their own SMTP engine and obtain > email addresses from files on the drive (text and/or > webbrowser cache files etc) > > Christy > http://www.hackfix.org/ > 24hoursupport moderator > > *********** REPLY SEPARATOR *********** > > On 6/14/02 at 09:19 AM Jerry wrote: > > >I rec'd this email from another list. Have any of > you seen this and do > >you recommend doing this. > > > >Jerry A. > > > > > > > >> > HOW TO PROTECT YOUR ADDRESS BOOK! > >> > > >> > I learned a computer trick today that's really > ingenious > >> > in it simplicity. > >> > > >> > 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 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 email addresses. In > the window where > >> > you would type your friend's first name, type in > AAAAAAA. > >> > In the window below where it prompts you to > enter the new > >> > email address, type in WormAlert@xxxxxxxxxxxxx . > Then > >> > complete everything by clicking add, enter, ok, > etc. > >> > - Users can unsubscribe from this list by sending email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface at http://web.tampabay.rr.com/spider1/24hrsupport.htm.