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Suddenly in the past two weeks, my email has become swamped with porn. I get 20 to 30 porn emails a day!!
It is very disgusting. How could this happen ??
I am a retired man in my 60's and I have never visited porn sites. No one except my wife uses my computer so I know no one else is doing it. Also when I click to open an application, I get a pop-up porn ad.
I regularly use ad-aware, spybot, & AVG. According to AVG, I have no viruses.
I am running Win XP and Outlook express.
Please, if any could suggest anything to get rid of this trash.

Virgil Hummel

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Spyware

In reply to: porn & popups

Unfortunately, Adaware and spybot aren't likely to be enough. Especially if you use IE and Outlook Express (OE).

You should add to that Micrsoft's anti-spyware program, and then discontinue use of IE and OE, just not until you've used IE to hit the Windows Update site (there's a link under Tools) and make sure you've got all the latest high priority updates. Also be sure to follow the directions you can find on the Windows Update site to turn on Automatic Updates. Swap in Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird respectively as replacements, and don't use the previous apps again. Both Mozilla programs will import settings and other data from their respective counterpart, so don't worry about that.

The porn email may well just be something you have to live with, though Thunderbird's junk mail filter will get to be pretty effective at whisking it away to the "Junk" folder over time. Once your address is on a list or two, it's never going to come off. At least Thunderbird's junk mail filter will separate it from the rest of your mail.

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Wait for a real solution

In reply to: Spyware

I use IS and OE hand have no problems like this.

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And that makes it all better?

In reply to: Wait for a real solution

So because you don't have any problems, the dozens of people who come in here daily with problems which can be directly related to IE are just a figment of everyone's imagination?

Think about it... For that one person to win the lottery, thousands of other people have to lose. So in case you haven't quite connected the dots here yet... You can make a very convincing argument that in order for you to have no problems, numerous other people must suffer.

There's also these recently discovered and unpatched security holes in IE that may well not be patched until sometime in June. The latest seucirty issues with Firefox were fixed within 5 days.

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Some just more than others

In reply to: Everybody is vulnerable

Even if you could prove IE and Firefox have an equal number of security issues, you still have to contend with the spyware issue of IE, that doesn't exist for Firefox.

And assuming someone did make more than a proof-of-concept spyware extension for Firefox, there's already mechanisms in place to make for an easy uninstall. The best Microsoft offers, is the ability to disable ActiveX controls, and that's only if you're running XP with SP2. Everyone else using IE is left out in the cold. That means the millions of people still using Win98, WinME, and Win2K, along with those running XP but not SP2.

So once again, just because YOU have managed to avoid any serious problems, does not in any way, negate the experiences of the hundreds of people on these forums alone, who have. (I work for a state University, and could point you to a group that does almost nothing but deal with spyware and viruses on people systems) It also similarly fails to negate that Firefox doesn't suffer from the same spyware problem IE does. The why of that particular situation doesn't matter, only that it exists. You want to play russian roulette with your system by using IE, be my guest, but that doesn't mean others necessarily want to do the same. So save your Microsoft apologist arguments for someone who will actually be impressed by them.

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Virgil, SPAM Isn't Easily Eliminated But This Should Help...

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...although much of this depends on the messages themselves. IF they all are coming from similar locations or have similar subject lines, then you can configure "rules" to block various messages from ever entering the "Inbox". In Outlook Express, click on "Tools", select "Message Rules > Mail", tick on "Where the Subject line contains specific words", under "3. Rule description (click on an underlined value to edit it:)" click on the underlined words in blue font "contains specific words" & type in " the appropriate message rule language " without the quote & click OK. Next, under "2. Select the Actions for your rule", tick on "Delete it from server" then click OK to apply.

If that doesn't work, then there are third party antispam programs such as the one at the link below. They do a pretty fair job of blocking junk mail:

http://www.mailwasher.net/

Hope this helps.

Grif

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