Several weeks ago there were some thread on viruses coming in fake Microsoft
patches and undelivered messages. I was getting about 500/day. It is now
down to maybe 50/day.
Just wondering if others are still having the problem, or if I am just
Still getting 200 a day. It seems to me that the answer is that the
ISP's should delay email routinely and scrub it in batches before
delivering it. I know it would require more overhead but it seems
like the logical answer to me. They would have dummy accounts like
they do now to gather viruses from newsgroups and by adding a delay to
the real accounts they could clean them of viruses and spam putting
the spammers out of business.
Actually, if you don't use your real e-mail address on Usenet and have
friends with a clue (who aren't stupid enough to use OE), you should
never get any. If you start getting them, change your e-mail address
and ensure the above precautions. Otherwise, you're doomed forever.
I think it's slowed down to that level, but that's the best
it's ever going to get. To clean up swen, it would need to
be removed from every infected box, and being that some folks
still have no idea that they are hosting it, that's never
going to happen.
I've cut my e-mail down to 100% from only trusted addresses,
and the rest of it gets flushed from my ISP's server before I
even download it to my box. Sure, it eliminates the occasional
mail from a "stranger" that I would like to receive, but it
kills the hundreds of daily spam offerings and virus letters.
If anybody's interested, there are a couple of shareware
programs to do this. The newest. hottest is apparentlly "mail
wash", and I use an oldie but goodie called "mail alert".
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You're a braver man than I am-- What happens when your mom [or wife,
or business partner] changes their email [because of all these viruses
or spam?] & is suddenly being ignored by you?
I happen to get a lot of *wanted* mail from 'strangers' so that
wouldn't work for me anyway, but I can't even can the MS viruses
without looking at them first. I d/l all my junk & send it to
various folders. 'prob.Trash' gets a lot of mail lately-- and the
'MSVirus' folder is still getting 40-50 a day-- but they all get a
quick once-over before they go in the bitbucket.
So far only the 'no Subject' folder has yielded anything I wanted to
rescue--- but it ended up to be a great lead on a genealogical
Depends on the ISP, and how public your e-mail is. Mostly I haven't been
getting *any* -- but I have a Yahoo account that is on a couple (no
more) of job sites, and it fills up in just four hours. I literally
can't log back in soon enough to keep it live. Since it had a
professional purpose, I'm really steamed about it -- and I'm damned if
I'll pay extra for the privilege of decent service.
I don't know if this will work with a hotmail account, but anyway...
I am using Outlook Express and here's how I handled that particular problem.
Since it is well publicized that Microsoft does not send out patches ( you
have to get them from their web site), I set up an email tool that if the
sender is Microsoft then delete from the server. There may be 100 a day
sent to me, but they never get to me.
directly from MS. The subject line would be about security patches. If folks
are getting mail that has been sent from another victim"s address listing,
then you could do a similar mail rule that referred to "patches" in the
I guess I would like to know how many people have a anti-virus program on their
computers..And if they have it running all the time or just when they start it
I know that spam is another problem just like telemarketers.
It's just like the pesky little critters, they are hard to get rid of...
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On Sat, 25 Oct 2003 18:04:48 +0000, Kahlua53 wrote:
Having switched to Linux several years back, I had been unconcerned about
viruses. This one, however, did affect me. It was killer on my poor
dial-up until it was filtered at my ISP. Damn Microsoft. ;-)
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