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Spam E-mail Purportedly From People In My Contacts List


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#1 MikeGraham

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Posted 08 July 2007 - 05:32 AM

Hi folks,

During the past few days I have been receiving spam E-mails which appear on first glance to come from people who are known to me (either in my contacts list or possibly people to whom I have previously sent E-mails or from whom I have previously received E-mails). The actual E-mail address behind the name is always some unknown hotmail address, and my spam filter correctly identifies these messages as spam.

My concern is that I have some malware on my computer which has picked out names from my contacts list (or from messages received or sent by me) and used those names (although not their real E-mail addresses) to make junk mail appear not to be junk. In other words, my computer appears to have been invaded/infected by something which has extracted and misused information from my computer. I would like to get rid of it!!!

Does anyone know what I've been infected with?

Mike

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Posted 08 July 2007 - 07:54 AM

It could also be that someone you correspond with has the same addresses in common with you and their address book has been compromised. It is also possible you sent an email with addresses for several people in the "to" line instead of using the "bcc" line to hide the addresses you sent the email to.
The first step to check if you have malware is to scan your computer. Below are two good programs to do that with.

Install Super Antispyware. Run it in safe mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.
http://www.superantispyware.com/

Run the online scan for Bit Defender in normal mode. Allow it to quarantine whatever it finds.
http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html

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