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Originally the "Tech Support Pits" were reports of the funniest tech support incidents, but over the years the column gradually shifted to answering tech support questions put forward by the readers of the Dear Webby Humor Letter.

This collection of computer and web advice was started partly because readers demanded an archive, and partly because some questions were asked again and again. Each page has a different day's Tech Support Pits column.

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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
10/09/04: Opting out of spam

Tech Support Pits:
From Ramona=== Dear Webby, I remember that you once warned against clicking on opt-out or remove lines in spam, but realized that I forgot the reasons when I tried to explain it to a friend. I need a refresher course on that. Thanks Ramona Dear Ramona There are two reasons for not doing that: 1) Only legitimate newsletters honor unsubscribes and opt-outs and actually dump your address. Spammers add your address as a "recently verified live address" to address CD's that they sell to other spammers. 2) A bug in Internet Explorer and in older versions of Microsoft Office allows spammers to use your click on the purported "opt-out" link to download a trojan back-door into your computer. Then they use your computer as a spam machine whenever your screen saver comes on. The only key that is safe for all spam is the DELETE key. If it is something that shows up more than once, use MailWasher to make a filter to dump it without showing it. Have FUN! DearWebby
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