If you are reasonably sure that your computer is malware-free, then the explanation lies elsewhere. If you posted your E-mail address on the internet, it could have been harvested by spambots that then use it to send out spam. If your E-mail address resides on another's computer that has become infected, again it could have been used from that computer to send out spam.
Maybe you can help me understand this better. The email service (inbox.com) closed my email Forever according to them because they said I have been spamming.
How would they have come to that conclusion that I was spamming? I used to use SpamCop I believe was the name but its been awhile but I'm thinking it must have been through such a service. So the spam must have my my IP Address.
So I have heard that it is possible for spammers to remotely use a computer (and subsequently an email address) to send out spam but I do not know if that is actually so.
I do I find out if I am malware free? I have my firewall active and AVG anti-virus software.and McAfee Security Scan Plus. I haven't had any "issues" with my computer other than a poorly performing WP system. Is there some program I can run to see if there's a security problem?
If spamming results from your email address being known then anyone could be spammed by guessing an email name so there must be more to it that I'm just not getting.
Once used for spamming such as you suggest that I might have posted online (but I don't believe I have other than to the site control to sign up for an acct for example) then is the address more or less corrupted? That doesn't make sense to me (not that I know much about it but logically) because like for example when I've tried to sign up for an email address and I'm notified that address is already in use so if that's all you need to spam then it would be easy. They must somehow be able to clone perhaps my IP address? I know enough to know something but not enough to know anything definitely.
As i recall from SpamCop (its been awhile) it seems like they said that was possible - to use someones IP address but I think there are ways to detect if it is a false IP address. If you can detect a false IP address then wouldn't the, as in this case, Inbox.com be able to determine that as well.
I am still concerned with this for several reasons one of which is I just dont want anything of mine to be closed under suspicious circumstances and it seems unfair to close it without saying anything. If spammers can use my email address I would think that (in this case) inbox.com knows that and would not automatically assume it is me who is doing so especially after five years with an address?
Edited by kcsummer, 15 January 2012 - 01:23 PM.