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Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by PaveFE, Sep 1, 2003.

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  1. PaveFE

    PaveFE Thread Starter

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    Hey all,

    I keep getting e-mails from various places saying that I sent them an e-mail with the "sobig" virus. Problem is, I'm not sending anything. I've downloaded all the patches that I know of, Norton Anti-Virus runs every night and doesn't find anything. Does this mean I have the virus but Norton doesn't find it? Why is my email sending things to people I don't even know? How can I make it stop?

    Thanks,
    PaveFE
     
  2. jbcalg

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    if you've taken all those precautions and your AV is working - then odds are that your email address is being spoofed from an infected machine that has your address in it's address book (ie from a friend, business contact, etc)

    nothing you can do but continue to keep your PC and AV up to date, and just ignore/delete the messages

    if you want to double check, use the sobig removal tool here
     
  3. PaveFE

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    Thanks, I thought that was happening, but I'm not the computer geek I want to be yet.
     
  4. TheWeaselBoy

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    What email service are you using?? Is it a local Outlook (express or otherwise) account? Or is it Hotmail/yahoo/etc webmail. Webmail accts, you cant do much about, except keep your delete finger in good working order. If its not a webmail account, then you probably have something on your computer, or not. The SoBig virus spoofs email addresses, so someone who has your addy in their book and is infected can send emails using your addy. Fun, yes? Download the "stinger removal tool" just to be safe, it does very well, im too lazy to find the link, so just google it.
     
  5. PaveFE

    PaveFE Thread Starter

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    Thanks for everything, I've done all that and I don't have it.
    BTW I use Outlook with Comcast (junk)
     
  6. Perfesser

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    Just FYI...most of the 'returned' or 'failed' messages I get show that the origin of the infected message was Comcast (which is NOT our ISP).
     
  7. rachag03

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    Would it most likely be spoofing if we have 3 seperate Hotmail addresses and only one of these is sending out emails?
     
  8. PaveFE

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    I don't know, but mine has almost subsided.
     
  9. TheWeaselBoy

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    yeah, it looks like this wave of the virus has slowed down... guess we have to wait until next week when some jackass script kiddie mods the code again.... <sigh>
     
  10. TheWeaselBoy

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    rachag, hotmail is riddled with the virus... just do what i tell my users... keep those delete fingers in shape, and youll be fine.
     
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