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Get warned about viruses in Outlook

Use this tip get get warnings from Outlook when viruses are attempting to access your contact list.

This tip was submitted to the Tip Exchange by member Andrea Silvestri. Let other users know how useful it is by rating the tip below.

Most of the viruses spreading on the Web exploit MS Outlook's address book for retrieving e-mail addresses to forward themselves to. By performing this tip you'll be alerted to any such virus running on your PC, thus preventing further infections.

In order to set this warning, you simply have to add a new contact in MS Outlook's address book, using "!000" as the first name and "VIRUS Alarm!" as the e-mail address. Be sure to ignore the warning Outlook displays after you make this edit.

When a virus attempts to send an e-mail to this fake address, Outlook will react with an error message and you'll be immediately warned about the new infection.

This was last published in June 2002

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