SPAM being sent using my email address

Discussion in 'Computer Security' started by WylieCoyote, Aug 22, 2007.

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    WylieCoyote Guest

    I received an undeliverable email from Hotmail stating an email I sent could
    not be delivered. Nothing usual there I here you say but when I looked
    further, I had not sent the email and the email is SPAM (selling viagara!!).
    I also received a copy in my junk email folder on MSN, so at least that's
    working. Although I have now deleted the email, I recall the 'From' stated
    something like 'sales@viagara (my email address)'.

    I'm probably being paranoid but should I be concerned? Has my PC been
    hijacked e.g. someone using my PC to send SPAM or have they just been using
    my email address on a different machine? I've already had one nasty email
    from someone who thinks I sent it and I'd like to try and prevent this from
    happening again. Is there anything I can do apart from getting a new email
    address. I have scanned my PC using AVG, Adware and MS Defender and nothing
    is coming up.

    For info, I use MSN and Hotmail, XP SP2 with AVG and Zone Alarm.

    Any advice gratefully received.
    WylieCoyote, Aug 22, 2007
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    Leonard Grey Guest

    Two possibilities:

    1) Your e-mail address is being used as the return address for spam.
    AFAIK the only solution is to get a new email address.

    2) Your computer is infected with a virus or other form of malicious
    software and is being used to send out spam. In this case you want to
    thoroughly scan your system for malicious software with /several/ of the
    better online scanners (Kaspersky, Eset, Trend Micro, Panda, Sophos,
    Symantec etc.) and, if that does not solve the problem, submit a HiJack
    This log to one of the expert web sites that analyze these logs.
    Leonard Grey, Aug 23, 2007
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