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email virus?

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#1 blipmepleez


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Posted 01 March 2010 - 08:54 PM


I received an email from a friend with a link. I clicked the link (yeah, dumb, I know...) and now I am getting dozens of emails from my contacts saying that they have received a similar spam (i.e. an email with a single link) from my email address. The links vary, but they all redirect to an on-line pharmacy retailer. When I went to my 'Sent' email folder in yahoo, I found that the last 2 years of 'sent' emails had been deleted.

I suspect that some kind of malware used my yahoo account to send out a wave of these emails out?

I have three questions
1. is there a trojan / virus / etc. on my computer now?
2. is my email account now accessible to others?
3. how do I fix these problems (if they exist)?

I use a yahoo email account accessed with Firefox 3.5.8 on my Dell laptop (running Vista)


Edit: Moved topic from Web Browsing/Email and Other Internet Applications to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

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#2 RichSun


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Posted 04 March 2010 - 11:25 AM

This also happened to a number of my family members. All of the emails came from a Yahoo! email addresses. I know that at least 2 of them had their computer off at the time the emails were sent out. I checked my Mom's Yahoo! account and found the offending emails in her sent folder, but her computer was definitely off at the time.

#3 blipmepleez

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 04:14 PM

Hi Richsun,

that sounds like the same, except they deleted my sent emails for the last 2 years... If it is 'just' account hijack, changing the email account password will fix the problem for your Ma & me, but I am interested to find out if there is a portal to my computer or some other nightmare...

Edited by blipmepleez, 04 March 2010 - 04:15 PM.

#4 Orange Blossom

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 08:47 PM

@ RichSun,

You need to start your own topic.

@ blipmepleez,

Now that you have posted a log here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/300344/infected/ you should NOT make further changes to your computer (install/uninstall programs, use special fix tools, delete files, edit the registry, etc) unless advised by a MRT Team member, nor should you ask for help elsewhere. Doing so can result in system changes which may not show in the log you already posted. Further, any modifications you make on your own may cause confusion for the helper assisting you and could complicate the malware removal process which would extend the time it takes to clean your computer.

From this point on the MRT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

Please be patient. It may take a while to get a response because the MRT Team members are EXTREMELY busy working logs posted before yours. They are volunteers who will help you out as soon as possible. Once you have made your post and are waiting, please DO NOT make another reply until it has been responded to by a member of the MRT Team. Generally the staff checks the forum for postings that have 0 replies as this makes it easier for them to identify those who have not been helped. If you post another response there will be 1 reply. A team member, looking for a new log to work may assume another MRT Team member is already assisting you and not open the thread to respond.

Please be patient. It may take several days to get a response but your log will be reviewed and answered as soon as possible. I advise checking your topic once a day for responses as the e-mail notification system is unreliable.

To avoid confusion, I am closing this topic. Good luck with your log.

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