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Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by dannym, Feb 14, 2003.

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  1. dannym

    dannym Thread Starter

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    Someoe is sending me messages using my e-mail address to me which l assume have a virus on them l cannot trace it as when l double click on the dmba etc naturally it shows my address. l have been swamped by the con artists from West Africa and replied to them using some good old Anglo Saxon @*~ etc can someone please help me bearing in mind l am a novive and comp talk of more that 2 sllabals (oops) burns me brain out. All the best to one and all especially our Webmaster Dannym
     
  2. Davey7549

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    dannym
    There is virtually nothing you can do if the E-Mail cannot be traced back to the source and unfortunately someone is infected with a virus that you have communicated with via E-mail. There are several viruses once they get into a system use the victims Address book and starts sending out E-Mails infected with itself. It changes the From field to your name to disguise itself.
    Just make sure your Antivirus is up-to-date and run a full virus scan to make sure you didn't catch what is going around.

    Now about the Spammers. I found the easiest way to ride myself of spammers is using mailwasher. Mailwasher has the ability to preview mail while it still reside on the server and you can select either to delete it, (If you do not want to deal with it at that point but still wish to receive E-mail from them) or you can select Bounce, (Which will delete the E-mail off server, send an undeliverable message to sender, and also create a Blacklist entry in you mailwasher file for future instances of that sender.

    If the possible virus with your name as sender is the ones you are referring to as spam you can always use mailwasher to because how many time do you send yourself E-Mail.

    Mailwasher

    Dave
     
  3. Corrosive

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    As said, there are plenty of virii that do things similar to what you describe, with Klez being one of the more common ones. Also, never reply to any spam you get. No matter how vitrolic you're reply is, they will know that you're address is a good 'un and he and his buddies will just send you more. Just delete them, or try Mailwasher.
     
  4. jmatt

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    Maybe this way !

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