Viruses & ISPs

I’ve been receiving a lot of bounced email lately that I did not send. Almost all of these were rejected by servers because of attached viruses, sent randomly by viruses from other computers with my email addresses in their address books.

With at least a new virus a day, it is very important to update your virus definition file regularly. Also make sure your email server blocks viruses from getting to you. Find out from your ISP or network administrator and see if a virus scanner is installed on the server.

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My hosting company (CrystalTech) updates their virus signatures frequently, and offers ColdFusion MX 6.1 (i.e. automatic support for things like CFC and Flash Remoting), ASP.NET, PHP, SQL Server, MySQL and many other features for developers. This is the only hosting company that I’m happy with (also heard the same from others), and they offer 24/7 toll-free telephone support. Tell them sent ya! 😎

One reply on “Viruses & ISPs”

Dear Dave,

I’m in the same club as you. I have several domains and regularly get bounced email I didn’t send, a lot of times with viruses attached. I’ve looked at the outgoing server to try to localize who’s sending this, and I’ve found addresses from within a few major ISP’s (like Road Runner). I also found this page:

which is “How to Complain to the Spammer’s Provider”, not that it appears to have helped much.

It’s so frustrating not being able to control this aspect. I just wonder who is buying all the v-i-a-g-r-a, sending money to Africa, refinancing their mortgages, etc. through this kind of junk!

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