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possible e-mail infection

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#1 dmh


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Posted 26 August 2013 - 06:06 PM

Each afternoon for the last three days I've gotten 3 or 4 mail delivery failure notifications for e-mails I never sent with addresses I don't recognize (every e-mail was to a different address). My ISP, Comcast, which is also through whom I do e-mail was absolutely no help.

I've run extensive virus and malware scans the showed nothing wrong and I'm seeing no operating changes. Just these dozen e-mail notification delivery failures.

Has anyone run into something like this or have any suggestions? These dozen aside I worry that another 10,000 e-mails were sent out that I can't see.

I'm running Windows XP on a six year old 3gH computer.




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#2 MzLindyOne


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Posted 26 August 2013 - 06:43 PM

Most likely you're just being forged.  Please post one of the emails that includes the complete header of the original mail that was sent out.  Not every server returns the whole thing, so you might have to hunt through them or wait for more to come in.  Please replace any usernames visible with "username", but I do need to see the domain names on the addresses (especially yours).

#3 sflatechguy


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Posted 27 August 2013 - 02:04 AM

Who is your email service provider? What email client are you using -- Outlook? Thunderbird? It's possible, as MzLindyOne said, that your email address is simply being spoofed by someone else -- it's as easy as creating an email alias so the "reply to" address is something other than the actual sending address.

Or, it's possible your account has been hacked. This is a known issue with Hotmail and Yahoo in particular. Check the Sent folder to see if any emails are there that you didn't send. If push comes to shove, just change your password to something more secure -- minimum of 8 characters, utilizing upper and lower case, numbers and at least one special character, in a random order.

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