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Outlook express - Emails and address book hijacked

by Jethro / March 28, 2004 4:36 PM PST

I have used Outlook Express for many years to my access email accounts for both Hotmail and my ISP provider without incident until recently. I am now receiving daily attacks of viruses to all my email accounts. What has really got be worried is that I am receiving undelivered message emails from other servers saying a virus or email i sent to them was undeliverable. I do not know who these people are, they are not in my address book and I certainly did not send them anything. Is this some virus that my Nortons Anti-Virus has not detected? How can someone take over someone elses email domain so easily and use my name to spam other users and infect other networks? Also I occasionally receive these viruses from people I know, but some of them are not in my address book :S Anyone have any idea how to stop these attacks?

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Re:Outlook express - Emails and address book hijacked
by Donna Buenaventura / March 28, 2004 4:46 PM PST

Those messages are from someone who is infected, but they have just spoofed your email address as the return address when the virus tries to infect others by email.

Just run a full system scan using your antivirus to make sure that there is nothing to worry about. If the scan result is clean, just ignore and delete those e-mails.

You can use a program like Mailwasher from http:/www.mailwasher.net or Magic Mail Monitor http://mmm3.sourceforge.net/ or eprompter http://www.eprompter.com to preview your emails from the server. Delete the unwanted emails from the server before launching Outlook Express to download the "good emails".

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Re:Re:Outlook express - Emails and address book hijacked
by Jethro / March 28, 2004 4:55 PM PST

Thanks Donna

You are a doll

By the way at the same time all this started happening, when I launch outlook express it can sometimes take several minutes to check to see if I have new messages, and normally gives me a failed error message telling me it was unable to poll. How can I get my outlook to work the way it used to?

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Re:Re:Re:Outlook express - Emails and address book hijacked
when I launch outlook express it can sometimes take several minutes to check to see if I have new messages, and normally gives me a failed error message telling me it was unable to poll. How can I get my outlook to work the way it used to?

If it is:

Unable to poll for new messages on your HTTP server.
Account: 'Hotmail'
Server: 'http://services.msn.com/svcs/hotmail/httpmail.asp'
Protocol: HTTPMail
Server Response: 'End tag 'D:response' does not match the start tag 'D:prop'.
Port: 0
Secure(SSL): No
Error Number: 0xC00CE56D


Their possible solution is add www.hotmail.com in the Privacy tab of IE>Internet Options and make sure it is allowed.

There are times I am retrieving my Hotmail messages via OE and I don't see unable to poll error message. What I did is I changed the User Authentication security settings in IE options.

Open IE>Tools>Internet Options>Security Tab>Internet Zone>Custom Level>Scroll down to find User Authentication>Under Logon, select Prompt for username and password.

Give it a try and see if the above helps.

If the unable to poll error message is about your POP3 server, you might want to provide the complete error message so we can search for a possible solution.
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Re:Re:Re:Re:Outlook express - Emails and address book hijacked
by Jethro / March 28, 2004 7:26 PM PST

Thanks again

This is the error code i get


Header download for the 'Inbox' folder did not complete. Account: 'Hotmail', Server: 'http://services.msn.com/svcs/hotmail/httpmail.asp', Protocol: HTTPMail, Port: 0, Secure(SSL): No, Error Number: 0x80042007

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Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Outlook express - Emails and address book hijacked

I did a search for that error # and found out that this 0x80042007 error usually comes when you've already invoked a command and are repeating it. Usually happens when there's a problem at the Hotmail server end.

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