Browsers, E-mail, & Web Apps forum

General discussion

problem with email attachment

by Mclunatic / May 19, 2009 2:31 AM PDT

Hello,

I recently received emails from an aquaintance, the first e-mail had several pictures of their kids, dog etc attached by my acquaintance. The second e-mail had a message and a couple of links from my 'friend' but it also had a rather nasty bondage picture attached to it.

Does anyone know if a virus is capable of attaching to / or interfering with an e-mail that you are in the process of writing / sending as my 'friend' claims or are they just a nasty freak trying to excuse sending me unsolicited porn?

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: problem with email attachment
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: problem with email attachment
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
They could be infected . . .
by Coryphaeus / May 20, 2009 10:37 PM PDT

How good is this friend. If you trust them, have them run virus and malware scans. If just an acquaintance, tell them how you feel.

Collapse -
could be...
by Mclunatic / May 21, 2009 8:12 AM PDT

It's an old friend I haven't seen for 20 years. I've heard of viruses spreading by mass mail but I've never heard of a virus hijacking an e-mail you are writing to someone and adding attachments.

Collapse -
could be
by Mclunatic / May 21, 2009 8:14 AM PDT

by the way this friend sent three e-mails within a few minutes and the other two e-mails had nothing untoward on them.

Collapse -
There is another possibility
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 22, 2009 5:46 AM PDT
In reply to: could be

but one I hesitate to mention.

There will be some users who have such images on the computers by choice. I can well see that, if a user does not organise his files carefully, then a simple error on his part when selecting images to attach to emails and he could have attached a 'less appropriate' image.

It is easily done, but no so easy to discuss.

Something like that seems more likely. Like you, I have not heard of any malware that can "intercept" emails to insert its own message.

Mark

Collapse -
Maybe its client embebeded
by bidufarewell / May 22, 2009 5:27 PM PDT

What i mean is maybe your friend has a particular PC from where he sends his mail. Now whenever he attaches a file a malicious process tracks it and places unwanted contacts within it. Its quite possible. Tell him to check for spy wares. Maybe his PC is infected otherwise if you are thinking that the e-mails are tampered on the fly, i don't think so no organization has head ache with your email unless you are bin laden:lol, jokes apart i think its your friends machine that's behaving mischievously.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

CNET FORUMS TOP DISCUSSION

Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?