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Question by moe
Submitted on 1/31/2004
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can you tell who sent you a virus?  If someone tells you sent them a virus but your computer is fine could it still be you?

Answer by Jess
Submitted on 2/27/2004
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i've gotten 3 viruses on my 2 different email addresses in the last 2 days! i would also like to know who it was who sent me a virus, because it wasn't a junk mail sender, it was someone subscribed to hotmail and yahoo....


Answer by hater
Submitted on 4/13/2004
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hopefully you are running ANTI-VIRUS software on your PC, cause if you're not you are probably full of virus.  it's ppl like you who shouldn't own pc's because they don't know how to use them and slow down the internet for the rest of us


Answer by Jim
Submitted on 12/15/2004
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Moe, And Jess,
Tracking a virus can be a task, but anything is possible with the right tools,resources, and patience.  Can you send someone a virus inadvertently? ABSOLUTELY. Computers operate from instructions given to it, your computer can easily run instructions without you ever knowing it.  In your example, it would be very easy to write a program "virus" that goes through your mail client and emails itself or some file to everyone in your address book without you ever knowing.  

Just because you get a file from a hotmail or yahoo account means nothing.  without any actual numbers or statistics handy, I'd still bet the majority of spam comes from hotmail and yahoo accounts, as well as other free email services.  This is why so many of them have implemented steps to stop people from writing programs that automatically create accounts and spam from them.  For example, now with many services, it's common that you have to identify some letters or numbers in a box that looks really weird, but it's done so that you need the human mind to look at it, the computer wouldn't recognize it.


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