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I’ve just received this email. Normally, when people forward me these ridiculous virus warnings, I bounce them right back with a link to a page like that one. But how anybody with a grain of sense can really have fallen for this
It is a virus that opens an Olympic Torch which burns the whole hard disc C of your computer.
is beyond me. It’s people like this who make me want to reach for the ‘Ban this person from the internet’ button which no-one’s yet managed to create. I already have enough stupid email to deal with without having well-meaning, slightly-slower individuals clogging it up. Example:
Approximately 90% of all disease and discomfort is related to an unclean colon.
Best get the scrubbing brush out, then! The problem isn’t a blocked colon, it’s a blocked inbox!
Gmail is pretty good a spam-killing, but the problem now is, how do I filter out friends’ and colleagues’ well-meaning but annoying messages from ones I actually care about?