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Suspicious emails won't stop

by Disneyfan / November 28, 2012 12:41 AM PST

For a while now I have been receiving some emails that are suspicious at best. They always appear to be coming from someone in my address book, sometimes the same person but many times others. The subject is either... Hi Bill, To Bill, etc. (My name is Bill). The body of the email is strange links and always different (I never click on them). When I check to see the sending email address it is always different and a strange combination of characters (not the actual email address of the supposed sender). I get these several times a day.

My system is running Windows 7 Home and Norton Internet Security. I use native Gmail from the Google site (not a desktop product).

I have tried running full scans and and asked others to run scans on their systems. Nothing is found but these emails keep coming.

Does anyone have any idea where they may be coming from and how I can stop them? I'd appreciate any feedback.

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Someone I know had that issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 28, 2012 2:08 AM PST

Their machine was infected and they would send me such emails. This was not an infection on my PC.

Why would you suspect your PC? You didn't tell.

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Only suspecting my machine as a possibility. I had others..
by Disneyfan / November 30, 2012 2:00 AM PST

...run scans but found nothing. I know that scans are not 100% effective but didn't know what else to do.

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I'll try again.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 30, 2012 3:06 AM PST

The emails were coming from someone else's computer which I can't scan.

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Look for the cookie from them
by DChrisL / November 29, 2012 12:40 AM PST
In Temporary Files, right click that and go to properties and find them, write down where it is actually from and you can delete them in the registry using Start to Run (if not on Menu, look in Accessories in the menu, go to System Tools and Run is listed there). When I set up my taskbar, Run was checked. I have WIN7 Home Edition also.
I went to Start to Run, type in regedit, and click ok. At the top is Edit. Click that for a dropdown and go to Find: type in the real site to find, everything is usually the top link on the left side, make certain you are not deleting other items on the right; right click and delete. Keep searching using either F3 or Enter. When it says finished searching you X out of the registry. Another way is to restrict in gmail.com and that means going there and blocking Hi Bill, To Bill, etc out. Darrell
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