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Drug Spam Going Out To All My Hot Mail Contacts?

#1 User is offline   ltamibrad1 

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 01:25 PM

Help We have Vista and all our hot mail contacts are getting drug spam showing it is from us? Does anyone know how we can get rid of this firewall and all anti virus programs are set correctly (McAfee and AdAware)
Thank you,
Tami
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Posted 27 August 2010 - 04:23 PM

View Postltamibrad1, on 27 August 2010 - 01:25 PM, said:

Help We have Vista and all our hot mail contacts are getting drug spam showing it is from us? Does anyone know how we can get rid of this firewall and all anti virus programs are set correctly (McAfee and AdAware)
Thank you,
Tami


A few things I would try: First, run Malwarebytes Antimalware and do a full scan. Next, change your email password and password reset question, in case the spammers got your password and are logging in that way.
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Posted 29 August 2010 - 04:52 AM

View Postltamibrad1, on 27 August 2010 - 01:25 PM, said:

Help We have Vista and all our hot mail contacts are getting drug spam showing it is from us? Does anyone know how we can get rid of this firewall and all anti virus programs are set correctly (McAfee and AdAware)
Thank you,
Tami


Hi Tami, I have received email from a friend or relative, and open it only to find a spam link as well. DO NOT click on the link if you should receive one as it will open up your contact list to whoever is doing this. It seems that Hotmail and Yahoo is particularly vulnerable ( I don't use either ). I did get an email from my Brother recently, but what made it stand out is that 1) it came into my other email account with a different isp and 2) it was from an account that my Brother dropped years ago ( AOL ). He was apparently made aware of it by someone else, because he called me about shortly after I got it. Anyway, your contact list has been hacked and that is not actually stored in your computer, but with the email provider or service. ( If you reformat your Hard Drive and reinstall everything, when you reestablish your internet connection, your Contact list will still be there ). You can send a report to abuse@hotmail.com .
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Posted 29 August 2010 - 08:48 AM

Hi Tami :

You MAY have a malware "botnet" on your computer !?
The best program to fight this type of malware is
"SUPERAntiSpyware" ( http://www.superantispyware.com )
which comes in a FREE Version .

P.S. McAfee and Ad-Aware are NOT top security programs .
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Posted 29 August 2010 - 10:55 AM

View Postltamibrad1, on 27 August 2010 - 01:25 PM, said:

Help We have Vista and all our hot mail contacts are getting drug spam showing it is from us? Does anyone know how we can get rid of this firewall and all anti virus programs are set correctly (McAfee and AdAware)
Thank you,
Tami


Hi, Tami.

The fact that your friends are getting spam that appears to come from you don't mean that your PC is infected. The only real connection between your PC and your email address is that you usually use one to access the other.

My guess is that someone has hijacked your mail account. This happened to a friend of mine a few months ago, and guess what: He was using hotmail. Can you still log onto your email account? If you can, change the password immediately, and to something very strong and difficult to break. If you can't, contact Hotmail about this. (In fact, you should contact them either way.)

Another possibility: Someone you know, with whom you have a lot of mutual friends, has an infected PC acting as a bot. The bad guys spam every email address they find on the infected hard drive, and use one of those addresses to spoof as a faked Send To address.

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