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Someone got angry the other day on a different newsgroup and asked me if I knew what a killfile was. Could that person have activated a kill file on my computer somehow?
my computer is once more doing the same thing and I cannot reset it this time. I know nothing about kill files and neither does my server support group.
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No Sweetpea, it doesn't work that way.
You're just being paranoid over a stupid fuckwit.
http://www.dickalba.demon.co.uk/usenet/guide/faq_kill.html

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You must have really made someone angry.
A killfile is a special type of trojan or backdoor that, as you suspect, has been planted on your computer by an irate and informed usenet person.
ISP's allow them if you have violated their internet protocol, such as spamming or abusive language.
I don't know what you can do after the fact, other than apologize to whoever it was, and ask for their help.
Let us know how things work out.
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Oh good grief NO! There's nothing on your PC. The killfile is on the angry person's pc. (Let's call him 'Bob'). If you get Bob mad enough, he will add your usenet name to his killfile so that his newsreader will not show any messages posted by you. You become a ghost to Bob, but everyone else can still see you. Most people use killfiles only reluctantly, when someone is being a constant butthead, but there are some who will threaten to killfile you at the drop of a hat. IMO, those people are welcome to do so, and you should return the favour.
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It's not nice to fool somebody that computer-illiterate. It's like shooting fish in a barrel :-).
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Please do not listen to the above miscreants-they are attempting to make your problem worse.
It could be even more serious, as there is some speculation that killfiles with virus-like qualities can actually infect the user, through your keyboard.
To be safe, please seek out immediate medical attention.
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Go killfile yourself, you lying Bolshevik pig.

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However, since the querier claimed there WAS some problem with the computer, chances are that there really is some kind of spyware that needs to be gotten rid of, or the naive sod's computer will just get worse & worse until it no longer works at all -- so the "not nice" advice could after all be useful, despite that these trojans have nothing to do with killfiles & everything to do with the computer-illerate naively opening unknown e-mail attachments.
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Or reading newsgroups like this one without protection!
Too funny, only time I've laughed all day!
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Alway wear a rubber when reading anything on this goofy newsgroup.
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snipped-for-privacy@logontexas.com says...

No, you misunderstand. A "Trojan" IS protection.
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No, though they may have decided to killfile you on their own computer. That means, they will no longer see any posts from you. It makes no difference to what you see on your own screen.

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Then you need a proper news server, one with proper software and a proper support group.
Real news-servers provide a killfile. A killfile is simple, basic software at the user end, click-of-a mouse-stuff which enables the user to select threads or authors for automatic deletion when downloading newsgroups from the server.
Nobody else in a newsgroup can tell what's in someone else's killfile or make any difference to it.
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A "kill file" is a filter. It is usually a function of the software that you use for email or newsgroups.
If you put someone in your killfile, then their emails or newsgroup posts will be automatically deleted from your computer, so that you don't have to see them.
I suspect that that person's point was, "If you don't like what someone says, killfile them." Meaning, set your newsreader to filter out that person's posts. This can avoid lots of avoidance and time-wasting.
Unfortunately, some folks have bully/control fantasies, and try to deal with online disagreements with, "You dared to disagree with me, so I will bully you until you stop posting here! Everyone hates you! Nyah, nyah! So shaddup and go awaaayyyy!" Often the ones doing this have been caught lying, or shooting off their mouths in an ignorant/arrogant manner, and are afraid of anyone who understands the topic-of- conversation better than the bully.
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snipped-for-privacy@THAT-DOMAIN-IN.SIG says...

^^^^^^^^^
Oops, choose the wrong suggestion in spell-check. I meant, "annoyance."
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In fact, the reason this is called a "kill file" is because some varieties are engineered to make your pc deliver a high voltage shock on command. Several people have died when thus targeted-you may need disconnect and trash your pc to be on the safe side.
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You are having entirely too much fun......
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Ahem. Of course, Pixi may be pulling a fast one on me, in which case I am the victim.
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Only two other times in history have these types of "killfile" been used.
The first was put on a computer in Hiroshima Japan on August 6th, 1945 and caused a nuclear explosion.
The second was put on a computer in Nagasaki Japan on August 9th, 1945 and caused an even bigger nuclear explosion.
President Kennedy only had to threaten the Russians with a killfile and they got their missiles the hell out of Cuba, pronto.
This same threat didn't work in Viet Nam, because they thought it was a new recipe for Kimchee and ate it!
My dog had a killfile that stuck to his fur just under his butthole. It finally fell off.
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