I don’t know about you, but I’m getting soooo many virus-infected spam messages today it’s not even funny. Luckily, I have two ways around it.

Firstly, I’m running on a dual-boot computer, which means I have the ability to start up either Linux (Mandrake 9.1 and KDE), or Windows 2000. If I use Linux, the viruses have no effect. But I still have to go through each message and delete it.

I have to use Windows 2000 for various reasons, so I’m using F-Secure antivirus, paired with Cloudmark SpamNet for Outlook. SpamNet is pretty cool. It runs in the Outlook menu bar, and has two buttons: Block and Unblock.

When you get a spam, you can report it and save others the trouble of opening and reading it. The SpamNet central server takes a “fingerprint” of the mail message, and blocks it on all the other computers running SpamNet.

In real life, what it means is that an e-mail comes in, I see the little envelope on the bottom right hand side, then it disappears. The message is then put into the “Spam” folder and I can either keep it or delete it. If a message is wrongly blocked as being spam, I can always unblock it.

On crazy days like today, the little envelope is constantly appearing and disappearing, which is good, because it means I don’t have to do anything more to the spam except select all the messages at the end of the day, and delete them. With extreme prejudice. Bastards.