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by tylersmiller / January 24, 2009 1:11 AM PST

did not really know what forum to post this in or if anyone can help me at all with this.

last night I noticed there was an IMAP connection grabbing my e-mail on Gmail. I had previously disabled POP3 and IMAP. It was now enabled and an unknown IP had checked my mail. I have 2000 + messages on my account, many of which are private. I have copies of the IP address and Account Activity provided by Google. I have since changed most of my online account passwords and the such. What should I do now? Someone suggested I call Google and see if it was one of their services checking up on my mail...(to me that seemed unlikely since it was IMAP.)

Suggestions? Thoughts?
Thanks

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Make sure your system is clean
by Jimmy Greystone / January 24, 2009 2:31 AM PST
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Make sure your system is clean of all viruses, trojans, rootkits, and other malware. If any of these things exist on your system, simply changing your passwords won't help, since they probably snagged the new one as you entered it.

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already did that
by tylersmiller / January 24, 2009 2:35 AM PST

I have CA antivirus and antispyware. scanned and came back clean. also used malware malbytes and came back clean. thanks for the suggestion though!

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Not good enough
by Jimmy Greystone / January 24, 2009 3:15 AM PST
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That's not good enough. Add to that Adaware, Spybot, AVG Anti-Spyware, and Windows Defender, and if they all come back clean you can pronounce your system free of malware.

I'd also add to that list something like Rootkit Revealer, and any other anti-rootkit programs you can find. Most virus scanners still don't scan for these, nor do they do a very good job when they do.

It also couldn't hurt to run an online virus scan like Housecall. And if McAfee still distributes Stinger, that would be a good quick tool to test with.

Really the best possible thing to do is just immediately format your system. That is pretty much the only way you'll be absolutely certain no unwanted programs have managed to evade detection. But short of that, you want to get your hands on every possible scanning program there is for every possible kind of threat, so that the odds of something slipping through the cracks is minimal.

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