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Emails Sent From Myself To Myself?


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#1 colslass

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 05:19 AM

hi

Recently I have been subjected to a LOT of emails of a porno nature arriving in both the inbox and spam box in my main ntlworld email account. One of the porno emails sender was from me. (And nope I didnt do it).

I have since - after great discussion with Virgin been able to get them to delete this email account. I have now noticed that one of my yahoo.co.uk accounts and one of the gmail.com accounts are now receiving a porno emails but they are coming into the spam account. The others seem unaffected at the present.

I am also having a frustrating problem that when referrals to several of my 'opportunies' (all above board) - sign up under me - they go astray and end up under someone else. I am not sure whether these two problems have the same root cause or whether they are different problems.

I am currently running on windows xp - using avast (free trial) for both firewall and virus etc scanner. Plus in addition I have netgear installed.

I regularly run / update avast antivirus (nothing found) - ran this in safemode too - nothing found.

superantispyware (nothing found)

Spybot S&D (nothing found)

I have also used CCleaner (in both normal and safemode)
AFT-Cleaner (normal and safemode)
and Disk Cleanup - (normal mode)


I was hit with a vundo virus a couple of months back - and used a combination of deleting the Prefetch folder, vundo.fix and avast to clear it.....

Question is: did I fix it - or do I have something else lurking that I cant find ......

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Posted 25 February 2008 - 11:00 AM

Assuming you have a good two-way firewall active, and you are reasonably certain that your computer is virus-free, the E-mail you receive from yourself are probably the result of your address having been found on another, but infected, computer, or harvested by spambots from public sites.
You may wish to use one of the many on-line virus scans to double-check your hard drive as a precaution.
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Posted 28 February 2008 - 02:49 AM

Thanks John - sorry for the delay - not been too well.

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Posted 28 February 2008 - 06:50 AM

Hi John - have now spent happy morning :thumbsup: playing with grc.com taking off avg and running kaspersky firewall / virus checks. So accordingly I have my Shields Up and Kaspersky found nothing.

So assuming I dont have anything hijacked and that these problematic emails adddresses have been harvested.... what should I do about these - my thought is to transfer to a new email and then close them down.

Unless there is a way of stopping the body that nabbed them?

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 01:27 AM

Hello colslass,

Sorry about the delayed reply. We're all volunteers here and sometimes things slip past us. As for the question about your e-mail accounts. You may be able to keep the accounts, but have the user name changed. I had to do that to my first e-mail account. After you have the new user names, or new accounts, however you decided to do it, you can protect yourself from getting as much spam in these ways:

Never post your e-mail address on a web-page anywhere. Spam-bots can harvest these addresses and generate spam to your account.

Set up a throw-away account that you use for all on-line shopping etc. That way if it does get compromised by spam, it's no big deal to discard and set up another.

Never open spam e-mail. Frequently, these contain a 1 pixel clear image that will inform the sender that he/she has a live e-mail account - and the spam will multiply. Simply delete these messages.

Carefully read all privacy policies of sites you sign up to. You may not want to sign up after reading the policy.

There are additional things you can do to protect your accounts from spam, but these are a good solid beginning.

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Posted 06 March 2008 - 03:27 AM

Dont worry - I'm on UK time - so hadnt really noticed time delay :thumbsup:

thanks for advice - seems sound to me and will go and create some 'disposable' emails....

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