By Michael Slezak
Updated June 21, 2005 at 12:00 PM EDT
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Beware of emails bearing Britney Spears’ moniker. She ranks No. 1 on a list of famous names used to lure computer owners to open emails and download nasty viruses. Rounding out the top five: Bill Gates, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and Osama Bin Laden.

Pity poor Madonna, who didn’t even manage to crack the top 10. Somewhere, I’m envisioning a team of publicists cooking up a widespread viral marketing plan, while Madge channels her pain into a reported fall album release. To paraphrase her once-controversial ”Act of Contrition,” what do you mean I’m not in the computer?!

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