you don't have a virus on your computer.
This occurs where your email password has been obtained by the scammers, usually through a non-conventional phishing scam - such as by offering a "share this website with your friends" form or similar.
In intering your username & password, your details have ended up in the hands of spammers who are sending out this scam email. It's sort of an internet crime hybrid in that it:
uses phishing to compromise an account
sends spam using that account
the spam that it sends promotes a scam or the sale of conterfeit goods.
I have received about 20 of these emails from MSN friends over the past 2 years. I haven't quite figured it out my self, but i'm guessing it's a "trusted" website that is handing the information on.
My rule of thumb is: never put your username / password into any portal beside the portal that it belongs to, no matter how legit the other portal seems.
Thanks for your comment.
I don't share my password and have not entered it into any such sites.
However, I shall change my password and hope this will do the trick.
This is the type of virus which I think I have > http://computer.howstuffworks.com/virus4.htm
Edited by lorraineW, 01 October 2009 - 08:50 AM.