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AOL Update pop-ups and spam emails sent from AOL account

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#1 TripleP


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Posted 20 April 2010 - 05:49 PM

Windows Vista
AOL 9.0 VR
McAfee SecurityCentre

Daily, a pop-up purporting to be from AOL appears, with "Install Now" / "Remind me later" buttons:
"The following update is ready to install.
Security Update - Critical: AOL has identified a security vulnerability that can be used to execute malicious code on your computer. To correct, please install this update. Click here for details.
Update 4482.14.4"

Took no action, until a set of spam emails were sent from one of the two AOL email accounts used on this PC.

Spyware Doctor found two suspicious AOL files, so I uninstalled & re-installed AOL.

Now receive a second pop-up also:
"A new version of the AOL Connectivity Services software is available. Click Update Now to install the latest update" with only an "Update Now" button.

McAfee found nothing. Malwarebytes found Windows\SED.exe, other tools (SuperSpyWare, SpyBot, Ad-Aware) found tracking cookies.

Am I right in thinking the pop-ups are malware? And the spam emails that were sent on one occasion? Is this a known issue & how do I fix it please as none of the tools I have used so far appear to have detected anything significant? (Although I have no idea what is significant - please forgive my ignorance.)

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Posted 26 April 2010 - 04:18 AM


AOL advised the installation of all updates suggested by pop-ups, which I have done.

A second batch of spam emails was then sent from the same AOL account (one of two on this PC).

McAfee & Malwarebytes showed no problems & SuperAntiSpyware found tracking cookies.

How can I prevent spam emails being sent from an AOL account please?

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