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This is one of the ways you can get your mail client (Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, etc.) to notify you automatically whenever a worm or virus tries to sent out email from your address book.

 

How to be notified automatically?

1. Simply start-up your mail client and add new contact.

2. In the field for your new contact name, enter; AAA then when the program prompt you for an email address, enter; VirusAlert complete the rest of the process and save. Read more about virus notification

 

This is how it work; AAA will be the first entry in your address book, therefore when any virus or worm attempt to send mail from your address book--starting with the first contact (AAA) it will be unable to deliver to a non-existing address (VirusAlert) and your mail client will notified you almost immediately.

Note: The above method will not prevent virus infection and will not work effectively--if the virus has been programmed to randomly selects addresses.

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"What can a company do when its domain name has been spoofed? In the past three days, we have received over 1,200 bounced emails that appear to have come from us.

The e-mails are for a refinancing company. I have tried to trace the e-mails through the headers, but they are masked. I even tried submitting a phony refinance request to see if I can get them to call me.

How can I get this to stop? How can I report these people? And how can I avoid our domain getting blacklisted as a spammer for something someone did to us? If this can happen to a little company like ours, it is happening to others as well." -- Angie Keating, Reclamere www.reclamere.com

You're not alone; this has happened to me, also. To research your question, I consulted with Laura Atkins of http://wordtothewise.com/ an expert on e-mail abuse and deliverability issues. She said that most public blacklists don't list the spammer's domain name but his IP address instead, that spammers sometimes use open proxies overseas that hide their true IP address

It's possible that your domain might be listed in some blacklist somewhere, but if no one is actually bouncing your mail as a result, you don't need worry too much about it. When your mail is being blocked, however, you must take action.

Unfortunately, there's not much recourse for people with this problem. To nab the spammers doing this to you, you must "follow the money," determine who is benefiting monetarily from the spam. Then get yourself an Internet-savvy lawyer and take the spammer to court.
 

 

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In California and some other states, there is a specific law that makes it illegal to spoof the return address, making it easier to go after such spammers. Otherwise your court case would have to be based on case law rather than existing statutes, an even more expensive proposition.

I encourage you to lobby your legislators for effective federal laws against spamming that (1) aren't watered down so much by the direct marketing industry that they don't do any good, but at the same time (2) are not so restrictive that they make it impossible to conduct legitimate, opt-in e-mail marketing.

"I get quite a lot of virus notification to me stating that email virus was found in my message sent to such and such email address:

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Virus
Basically, a virus infects another file (it is attached to or inserts itself into it). Virus usually infect documents and damage program files, and can replicate itself.

Worm
Do not function as a stand alone, generally doesn't infect other files (although it can replace them) and usually spread by copying themselves via email, disks, etc. They are almost like virus and does the same kind of damages.

Trojan
Usually disguise as a harmless screen saver or utility program. They don't copy or email themselves and rely on people to run or pass them around.

 
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Virus
Basically, a virus infects another file (it is attached to or inserts itself into it). Virus usually infect documents and damage program files, and can replicate itself.

Worm
Do not function as a stand alone, generally doesn't infect other files (although it can replace them) and usually spread by copying themselves via email, disks, etc. They are almost like virus and does the same kind of damages.

Trojan
Usually disguise as a harmless screen saver or utility program. They don't copy or email themselfs and rely on people to run or pass them around.