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Is there a Spam Virus?

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#1 KomaGawa


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Posted 02 June 2012 - 07:32 AM

on 5/25 I was using my daughters' MAC to check my Yahoo email. I scanned my SPAM box as well. One email in the SPAM box was, to best of my recollection, ambiguously titled and the address was a possiblilty such that I opened the email. It was a news story about making easy money at home using a computer, appearing as an American TV news web page, but in the text a city in my area was printed in a testimonial. at the bottom was a link to find out more, maybe I clicked on that, but nothing appeared. I closed and exited Yahoo email, but didn't log out, as usual.

On 5/26 I entered my Yahoo email account, and boy was I surprised!
In box had 80 messages, probably 90% were "failure to deliver".I clicked on 2 of them. Both were sent to addresses in my address file. (Uhhhhh ohhhhh.) and the message said one line, "Thomas thinks this is a really great topic to read" and the link. Dare I click on the link???????????? The same with the second message, different address. I went to my SPAM box and found a duplicate sent to me with the same link and I clicked on it. It was the story described above.

I felt great relief!
Thank God that it wasn't porn, as I have many univ. admin. and prof. addresses (but then they have security systems that would screen out a virus right?). One admin staff replied, asking about the message I sent about "some woman". I received some feedback from others regarding the email. Before leaving I sent apologies to almost all my valid addresses (the virus helped me eliminate dead accounts that were recorded in the "failure to deliver". I never imagined that so many people had changed their addresses....oh welll.

I received feedback from a friend who said that the header of the first message had my daughter's email address listed. I couldn't understand this, as I operated from Yahoo, not from her MAC computer equivalent to Outlook Express. (I wonder if I should buy a MAC iPAD as it is supposed to have MUCH fewer attacks.)

I am now very interested in vir usses and learning more about my computer, as my ignorance and probable bad habits have expoded me.

I have left out some stuff (interesting to me) about my experience, if you have any more questions I could answer. I am typing this on a SHARP Windows XP machine with software protection. Don't know about my daughters machine.
regards from Saitama.

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