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.
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.
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.
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
To be safe, please seek out immediate medical attention.
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.
-paghat the ratgirl
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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.
I know nothing about
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.
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.
Get Credit Where Credit Is Due
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.
Only two other times in history have these types of "killfile" been
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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