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How can I stop a virus from sending phishing emails

by lynmar12 / April 2, 2013 10:08 AM PDT

the emails read from ..joel-robert.fr/rox/... plus a long list of garbage.

It is sent from my outlook using my address book.

Any help or thoughts would be appreciated.

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Remove The Virus/Malware !
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 2, 2013 11:41 AM PDT

But first, how do you know that your computer is sending the emails? Many times, the "senders" email address is spoofed from another computer that has your address on it.. In other words, one of your friend's computers may be infected, not yours, and it's attaching YOUR name in the "Sender" line.. As such, the friend's computer may have many of the same contacts as you do....and they are receiving messages which only appear to be from you..

Which antivirus/antispyware scanner have you used to determine that your computer is infected? If you haven't already, please make sure about the infection by downloading, installing, updating, then running a full system scan using BOTH tools below. They're both FREE and should work well for you.. It will take a while to perform the scans, but it's worth knowing for sure.

Malwarebytes
http://www.filehippo.com/download_malwarebytes_anti_malware/

SuperAntispyware
http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Hope this helps and let us know more.

Grif

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Grif:
by lynmar12 / April 3, 2013 5:41 AM PDT

Grif:
1. I am the sender and addressee.
2. I installed Superantispyware. It found nothing wrong.
3. I have Malwarebytes and Microsoft Security Essentials. They found nothing wrong.
4. I use Windows 7 Pro and Office 2010 with Outlook.
5. They may be attaching my name to the sender.
6. My computers' search cannot find the name of the French company on my computer.
7. I doubt some of my friends would have the name of my niece in Tacoma.
8. It is baffling.
Thanks for you response.
Marv

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Probably Spoofed.. As To Your Niece in Tacoma
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 3, 2013 7:53 AM PDT
In reply to: Grif:

All it takes is for you to forward an email which contained your niece's name as a sender or receiver.. The receiver of the forwarded email then contains EVERY single one of the addresses on their computer.. If it's an infected computer, there ya go...

Hope this helps.

Grif

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" spoofed "
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 3, 2013 5:54 AM PDT

Keep in mind that because return addresses, sent from and more can be spoofed, your machine may be clean and folk still get emails that appear to be from you.

-> This may upset you but there is no known cure for this issue as your PC is not the culprit and yes, it remains a mystery why such a low security (some say none!) email system grew to such a size.

One of my friends got so much fake email that unless I write a magic word in my email, it goes to the spam bucket.
Bob

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