But you can't tell your mother not to mail you the glurge (after all, she sends them because she loves you) and the warnings about the Very Important Dire Computer Virus (you know, the one that will not only give YOU a Dire and Ultimately Fatal Disease, but will also affect your other household electronics, so you should always wash your hands after using the computer so you don't infect the toaster or the electric kettle.)
Sure you can. I yelled at her all the time for that. Every time a forwarded message from her would show up in my inbox, I'd immediately call her and scold her. After doing that consistently for a couple weeks, she finally stopped. I have a very short fuse with my mom when it comes to computers.
I don't fuss at her about the fake virus warnings, but I DO about the blind messages that urge you to "click HERE". I've told her multiple times, and my sister has told her, that this
is how you get viruses, not by opening an email with a certain subject line. And yes, she has virus-blocker software, but when the notification pops up that she needs to download the newest DAT files, or renew the subscription, she ignores it and just closes it. Like I said, not really computer savvy. We've noticed that anything to do with technology confuses her; she just can't process multi-step information anymore, even for very intuitive programs. "Yes, Mom, we know that your new computer doesn't have a floppy drive. You don't need it. You have a 100-gig hard drive. That's the equivalent of 100,000 floppies. You save stuff to your hard drive, not a floppy..." Lather, rinse, repeat.