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Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by KWriter, Apr 14, 2004.

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  1. KWriter

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    I don't know how this is happening, so I don't know if it falls under illegal activity. I've received two notices, one from symantic security notifying me that I sent an email with a virus attached, and one from mailer daemon returning an undeliverable email, both concerning mail from my account name to people I don't know, names NOT in my contact list. I am the only user on my computer. I run XP, I have current version of Norton anti virus, with live update enabled. My security levels are medium high, I have aluria spyware. I use MSN hotmail, Verizon DSL. Another peculiar event is I do not have AOL but I had AIM. when I signed onto AIM, I got a notice saying I am signed on in two places, AOL and AIM, which can't be. If this is illegal activity, who do I contact, how do I stop it. MSN is a round robin help site that is No help at all, and verizon does the same thing, round and round I go, with no help. I did change all my passwords after the first notice from Symantic. Should I cancel my email account and start a new one? My virus software says my computer is clean, I have nothing in quarantine.
     
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    From what I have heard, if I'm understanding this correctly, this is actually email that is coming from some other computer, TO yours, despite what it says. It is not coming from your computer, but is generated from some other computer that DOES have a virus.

    If I'm not understanding that right, then I'm sure someone will correct me! :D
     
  3. WhitPhil

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    This explains it fairly well.
     
  4. Tuppence2

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    Hello WhitPhil,

    Thanks very much for that interesting article. I learned a lot from it.

    Bye,
    Penny. :)
     
  5. KWriter

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    :) WhitPhil, thanks so much for that info. I've been going crazy trying to find out anything about what was happening. Whew. (y)
     
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