Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.



99 posts

Master Geek


Topic # 99022 11-Mar-2012 11:28 Send private message

I opened my email this morning to 300 + returned emails from my ISP supposedly from Mrs Esther Donald to heaps of addresses I've never heard of.  (Never heard of her either).  I'm using Windows Mail.  So far I have sent a note to my ISP,, run AVG, Trend Micro House Call and Spybot.  Spybot found one cookie.  No other email is getting through other than the returned emails.  The emails have attachments which I've ignored.  What else can I do?  Is it a virus/trojan that's not being picked up?

View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2 | 3
Baby Get Shaky!
955 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 89

Subscriber

  Reply # 593473 11-Mar-2012 11:42 Send private message

Meez: I opened my email this morning to 300 + returned emails from my ISP supposedly from Mrs Esther Donald to heaps of addresses I've never heard of.  (Never heard of her either).  I'm using Windows Mail.  So far I have sent a note to my ISP,, run AVG, Trend Micro House Call and Spybot.  Spybot found one cookie.  No other email is getting through other than the returned emails.  The emails have attachments which I've ignored.  What else can I do?  Is it a virus/trojan that's not being picked up?


Have you changed your password? Sounds like someone's acquired your password and sent some spam on your behalf.



99 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 593474 11-Mar-2012 11:44 Send private message

It has to wait until tomorrow.  My ISP doesn't work on weekends.  Thanks.

BDFL
47934 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3540

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Subscriber

  Reply # 593480 11-Mar-2012 11:56 Send private message

I wouldn't worry. Email addresses can be easily spoofed, anyone can use anything in the "From" or "Reply To" fields. It doesn't mean your PC is infected or someone "hacked" into your email account.

Sometimes a malware infection in someone else's PC will use THEIR email contact list to find a valid email address to use in the "From" field, because it's more likely someone would open an email from a known person than from some unknown source.

Delete, and forget.






99 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 593544 11-Mar-2012 14:51 Send private message

I downloaded Emsisoft and it found two medium risk adware which are quarantined.

BDFL
47934 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3540

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Subscriber

  Reply # 593564 11-Mar-2012 15:01 Send private message

"Medium risk adware"? Real adware, or just cookies (just text files, which some antispyware use to scare people )?




15549 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 829

Trusted
Vodafone NZ
Subscriber

  Reply # 593565 11-Mar-2012 15:02 Send private message

You could also scan your PC with malwarebytes but not sure what your ISP can do,

http://www.malwarebytes.org/

John






99 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 593568 11-Mar-2012 15:03 Send private message

Adware.Win32.Yontoo



99 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 593569 11-Mar-2012 15:04 Send private message

I have malware bytes already. It didn't pick up anything.  

15549 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 829

Trusted
Vodafone NZ
Subscriber

  Reply # 593570 11-Mar-2012 15:05 Send private message

Make your email password more secure then






99 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 593572 11-Mar-2012 15:06 Send private message

Not a problem. :)  I thought of my ISP originally because besides me, they are the only ones who know my passwords.



99 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 593574 11-Mar-2012 15:08 Send private message

password.

7528 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 235

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 593577 11-Mar-2012 15:12 Send private message

Most likely it's spammers spoofing your email address as the From/Reply To address for spam they are sending out.

Happens all the time and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.

BDFL
47934 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3540

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Subscriber

  Reply # 593584 11-Mar-2012 15:34 Send private message

I already explained it is just someone spoofing the address. Nothing to do with your account, password, etc. and most likely nothing to do with malware.






gzt

3745 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 105

Subscriber

  Reply # 593585 11-Mar-2012 15:37 Send private message

My gmail spam filter fills with this kind of stuff on a regular basis. It is common even to get things supposedly sent from addresses in my domain, to addresses in my domain. It is just typical address spoofing to increase the chances of someone opening the mail and buying the viagra or whatever.

There is a lot of other stuff as well which appears to have no real purpose, but I have no doubt it serves the spammers to explore aspects of mail delivery. 

It would be unusual for spammers to take over an individual account these days.

Spammers tend to create their own mail distribution systems and sometimes use compromised servers to assist. There is no compelling reason to think your sending account has been accessed at all.

Wikipedia has some nice explanation on this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spam_email_delivery#Third-party_computers

hope that makes you feel better! : )



99 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 593608 11-Mar-2012 16:32 Send private message

Thanks everyone.  It's been a very long day and I was supposed to be using it catching up with my UCOL assignments.
I'll see how it goes tomorrow.

 1 | 2 | 3
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic








Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new jobs are posted to our jobs board:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:




News »

Trending now »
Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Forms of government for New Zealand
Created by charsleysa, last reply by KiwiNZ on 20-Apr-2014 18:55 (120 replies)
Pages... 6 7 8


MH370 - Call for Search & Rescue Help
Created by DS248, last reply by Sideface on 17-Apr-2014 17:28 (735 replies)
Pages... 47 48 49


why does the tax payer have to pay for the prince and princess' 6 star holiday?
Created by joker97, last reply by Geektastic on 17-Apr-2014 15:49 (67 replies)
Pages... 3 4 5


Naked Broadband, who's made the switch.
Created by Presso, last reply by richms on 20-Apr-2014 23:04 (31 replies)
Pages... 2 3


galaxy s4 now on 4.4.2
Created by nzrock, last reply by jeffnz on 20-Apr-2014 14:10 (59 replies)
Pages... 2 3 4


Whats the best wife friendly media centre?
Created by amorpeth, last reply by jonolynn on 19-Apr-2014 20:20 (14 replies)

Snap suffering Trans-Tasman congestion 18/04?
Created by Lias, last reply by NonprayingMantis on 19-Apr-2014 00:05 (26 replies)
Pages... 2


Help ! Home business connection and VDSL dead. yikes.
Created by Scotsman, last reply by Scotsman on 17-Apr-2014 21:10 (26 replies)
Pages... 2



Geekzone Live »
Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.