Computer shows we have sent e-mails that we never sent

Discussion in 'Virus Information' started by Susan, Aug 3, 2004.

  1. Susan

    Susan Guest

    We are recieving e-mails reporting delivery failure for
    files and messages we never sent to addresses we don't
    recognize. Our outbox does not show that anything has
    been sent. We also get: "here is your document you
    requested" with an attachment--something we never
    requested. Anyone know whether we may be infected with a
    virus or worm?
    Susan, Aug 3, 2004
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  2. Susan

    Chek Guest

    Never open unsolicited email attachments - no matter what method they select
    trick you into doing so.
    Technical engineering will do a lot, but it's the human engineering that
    makes the difference.
    Chek, Aug 3, 2004
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  3. Three possibilities:

    a) mail-borne viruses generally 'spoof' the sender - so if
    is in someone's address book, and they get a
    virus, the virus may well send out mail that looks like it came from you.
    When that virus is sent to someone else, and it's undeliverable, *you* get
    the non-delivery report....
    b) A lot of viruses come in as fake non-delivery reports
    c) if all your mail clients/servers/workstations aren't protected by good,
    current generation antivirus software kept updated regularly, you may have a

    You need antivirus software as in c) anyway.....and also never open
    attachments you aren't expecting, even if they're from your great-aunt
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Aug 3, 2004
  4. Susan

    Guest Guest

    Thanks for the input. I know attachments should never be
    opened--I don't think everyone in the house abides by
    that rule! We will be sure our anti-virus software is up-
    Guest, Aug 4, 2004
  5. No prob - good luck!

    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Aug 4, 2004
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