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Trojan? How would I know?

Outlook Express--MSIE
Usual ZA Firewall, Spybot, AVG & more
Cable ISP with WI-FI

(Recent Email Received) "We have received reports that your account was used to send a huge amount of unsolicited commercial email during the recent week."

If this message is factual, how would I be able to tell it is happening? How would it manifest itself?


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Who is the sender?

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Cletus, Just A Thought....Is Your Wi-Fi Secure???

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Is it possible that someone else is connecting to your network? Do you have a WEP/WPA key set? MAC filtering? "Hide" the network SSID? Does your router allow you to check those machines that have accessed the network?

If there are no problems with the wireless setup, then ZA should tell you who is trying to call out....assuming you don't allow Outlook Express "full" access.

Hope this helps.


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The message was a piece of malware--

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and the attachment that purported to tell me how to get rid of the Trojan was actually the Win32 MyDoom worm.

A nice touch though---looked valid except that the sender return address looked suspicious.

My basic question remains----suppose my computer, using a broadband connection, was being used to sprew out spam---how would I know?

Would it slow down, would I see a lot of Hard Drive activity or what, if anything would clue me that was being used for such a purpose?

Thanks again---

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No Magic Methods Available...You Have To Check

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As mentioned earlier...Since you already have it installed, ZoneAlarm will tell you if "new" programs are trying to "phone home" assuming that you haven't already given them permission through the firewall. you can identify the source of the attempt by checking the firewall.

In addition, the antispyware programs you have installed, when used, will find trojans that are calling out...Antivirus programs should find any dialers or remote control software installed on the machine, usually. Run a antitrojan program to find even more.

Yes, the computer will slow down, but sometimes, it may not be noticeable to many. Unfortunately, you can read through most of the various posts on the site and see the effect of malware on a computer...

Hope this helps.


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(NT) (NT) Thanks much for the insight----

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