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By Deadly Ernest ·
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I always thought it was very ironic of Microsoft to put out a piece of software called Microsoft Works, when it rarely does - kind of like the old military intelligence joke. Anyway, yesterday I received an email from my brother.

The email was automatically generated by the new software program he'd installed and it sent an email about how great the new software was to everyone on his contacts list - he has two addresses for me, so I got it twice. He was NOT happy to learn that the new software had spammed his contact list. Oh, you want to know what the software was - -

The program was called SPAMfighter and the email went on about how it eliminates SPAM and asked everyone to add his email address to their white list and had a few paragraphs about how great SPAMfighter was. That email alone was enough to make me NOT want to use it, and then a check of their web site showed I couldn't use it. It only works if you have Windows installed first, I don't.

But I love it, an anti-spam program whose first action is to spam everyone you know. Oh, what irony!

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Well, then, that answers that question

by NickNielsen In reply to Ironic computer software

I doubt I'll be the only one giving SPAMFighter a miss.

Check this line, Ernest: "If you receive a spam mail that is not detected, click on a single button, and the spam mail is removed from the rest of the 7,497,407 SPAMfighters in 228 countries/areas in seconds." (my emphasis)

Do what? No, I don't think so. I don't get so much spam that I have to allow some bozo 10,000 miles away to decide what's spam on my PC.

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Sweet Mother McCree.

by seanferd In reply to Well, then, that answers ...

I wonder how long "flag for review" takes in that system. Good grief.

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I never bothered to read it in detail

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Well, then, that answers ...

once I saw the Windows virus was needed I knew I didn't even have to make a decision. but yeah, I can just image how much of the page and stuff would be marketing speak as against tech speak.

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Sweet!

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Well, then, that answers ...

It's interactive cloud malware!
You can use it to mess with other people, all the while enjoying how they mess with you! Real time too, probably!

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That'll go over like a lead balloon

by cmiller5400 In reply to Well, then, that answers ...

All it takes is one legitimate e-mail to be flagged as spam and poof, off it goes. Wouldn't it be ironic if it was a Microsoft Mass Market e-mail that got flagged

No thanks; I'll take a pass on this program. I still enjoy hitting the delete key

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You know, I just had a nasty idea - just imagine this

by Deadly Ernest In reply to Well, then, that answers ...

Person A gets SPAMfighter and installs it.
Person B spoofs a message to come from the SPAMfighter people and sends it to person A..
Person A then hits the magic SPAMfighter button to have every copy of SPAMfighter now regard all communications from the SPAMfighter makers as SPAM.

That would be poetic justice.

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I wonder what clever numpty thought that would be a good idea?

by seanferd In reply to Ironic computer software

It is perfectly ridiculous!

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Someone in marketing

Working on their "effective email marketing campaign"

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