I've been getting annoyed and concerned texts and messages from friends over the past few days telling me that they've been getting viagra mail from my main hotmail account at 4am. I've no idea how this could have happened. I'd like to say I'm internet savvy, so I haven't been downloading or clicking anything I shouldn't have been that would 'cause this to happen.
I use the downloadable Windows Live Mail program and have three hotmail accounts I check through it. These e-mails only seemed to be sent out the day after I cleared one of old my accounts with 1,000 e-mails using the program. Most were spam, and I didn't click/download anything within those messages, I simply deleted them.
The Windows Live program is telling me that it can no longer send/receive messages for this old account. It is since this failure message started appearing that my other completely unrelated account, that I also check through Windows Live Mail, has started sending out viagra adverts at 4am. They do not appear in the sent items folder in the Windows Live mail program or the online webmail sent items folder. My password/details/alternate e-mail address had not been touched, but I changed them anyway just in case.
The reason I think it's associated with Windows Live as the "main" e-mail account that these are being sent from has no contacts, it appears to be using the shared contacts list in Windows Live Mail, that the "old" e-mail account has, as all the e-mails are being sent to people I know. I've uninstalled it now anyway, but I'm wary to begin using Outlook or something similar until I know this problem has been solved.
This is an important e-mail address for me, and I've just recently sent off some very important e-mails to universities asking about postgrad funding... I'm now worried those addresses are getting viagra e-mails from me too and this is ruining my chances. My friends are also annoyed and telling me I should have taken better care of my account - but I always have! I'm clueless as to how this has happened. I've looked this up, and some links say about spoofing, but there's nothing explaining how to stop my e-mail address being used.
Edited by HappyLibrary, 25 February 2011 - 04:02 PM.