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# 100546 13-Apr-2012 09:43
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  I'm asking this question in the Mac Section because my colleague is experiencing a spam problem using Macs.

Lately, whenever he does a search (FireFox), within hours he gets a slew of spam relating to the same topic/s.  He uses Gmail for emails, and says that even just writing an email seems to generate spam.

My research shows that ISP's and email service providers tend to go to extraordinary lengths to prevent spam or address harvesting, yet his experience does go contrary to that.  As an example, he searched out cruises recently, and then started getting spam emails from all sorts of cruise companys within a day or two.

Gmail does catch a lot of these emails and dumps them into his Spam Folder, but why should they be generated in the first place?  Viral infection?


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  # 608640 13-Apr-2012 09:51
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Almost sounds like he has some sort of malware that has harvested his email address and is using a browser hijack to automatically email him.

Malware does happen on Macs. I am not sure about free scanners though. I do know ESET do a version of NOD for MACs (ESET CyberSecurity)

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  # 608646 13-Apr-2012 10:01
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Hi Rob,

Yeah. my first thoughts were of some malware .... SpyBot is Mac-compatable, so maybe a good starting point.

Naturally, he doesn't run any AV, most Mac owners believe they are inviolate .. ha ha ha.



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  # 608806 13-Apr-2012 15:18
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Malicious Firefox plugin?

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  # 608814 13-Apr-2012 15:51
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I've checked the obvious, but being a PC man I'm not familiar with all of the Mac's intracacies.

Running Sophos AV and malware now.


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