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why does my hotmail keep sending out random emails?

hi, not sure if its a relevent issue, but can someone please tell me why my hotmail keeps sending out random emails, even to people that arent in m y contacts list?

i have norton 360 v3.

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Kudos0

Re: why does my hotmail keep sending out random emails?

hi, not sure if its a relevent issue, but can someone please tell me why my hotmail keeps sending out random emails, even to people that arent in m y contacts list?

i have norton 360 v3.

Kudos0

Re: why does my hotmail keep sending out random emails?

Hi Scoobydoowantsu,

 

Are you accessing hotmail using any Email Clients (Outlook/Outlook Express) or through web based hotmail service?

 

Let us know how you found that your hotmail keeps sending emails to the people not in your contact list. Also, include details like the subject line and content of email. Is it a delivery failed message(Auto-reply) from non-existing email accounts?

There are several caused for this type of behaviour:

1. Your email address has been used by spammers to send email as if sent from your address, usually accomplished by forging an emails headers with your address. It does not necessarily mean it was sent from your Hotmail account and you won't be able to stop spammers from yusing your email address. This can occur from use of your real email address on the internet, in newsgroups, clicking on links in unsolicited email, clicking on a link to unsubscribe in an unsolicited email, etc.

2. Someone else's system with your email address in their address book was compromised and all other addresses was harvested by a virus or worm for use as sending spam.
3. Your system or Hotmail account was compromised.(Less chance when you have Norton 360 3.0)

Did you run full system scan using Norton 360 in Safe mode?

If not, try that first. Run LiveUpdate from Norton 360 repeatedly until yu see the message that all updates are installed. Then restart the computer to Safe Mode. In Safe mode, double-click Norton 360 icon and when it prompts to run a full system scan, click yes.

 

Yogesh

Message Edited by yogesh_mohan on 07-28-2009 11:10 PM
Kudos0

Re: why does my hotmail keep sending out random emails?

i get hundreds of delivery failure reports.

the emails are usually advertising based, here is one.

i have recently got rid of a global root problem thanks to they support on here.

so i have completed lots of scans recently, in safe mode too.

This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.

Delivery to the following recipients failed.

[Removed]





--Forwarded Message Attachment--
From:[Removed]
To: [Removed]
Subject: Re:
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2009 09:57:09 +0000






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Message Edited by shannons on 07-28-2009 01:08 PM
Kudos0

Re: why does my hotmail keep sending out random emails?

Hi Scoobydoowantsu:

Since Yogesh_Mohan is available to analyze a log for us, would you please run Hijackthis.  I can't recall if you have it already but if not, here is the link.

http://www.trendsecure.com/portal/en-US/tools/security_tools/hijackthis

Also please run a full scan with Malwarebytes  and post the log.

http://www.malwarebytes.org

Under certain circumstances profanity provides relief denied even to prayer.Mark Twain
Kudos0

Re: why does my hotmail keep sending out random emails?

Hi scoobydoowantsu,

 

I have edited a section regarding this "delivery failure" mails in my previous post as well as the causes for this, please go through it. This does not imply that you sent the mails or your computer is compromised. But still, we have to make sure that your computer is secure from infections. So, try running LiveUpdate and a full system scan in Safe mode, and make sure that you are completely protected. As I stated earlier,  this can be a result of Spoofing by spammers. Spoofing is the "forgery" of an address, to hide the identity of the sender, and is usually done by an Automatic Spamming system, that blindly and randomly, runs through addresses in sequence. The sender information shown in e-mails (the "From" field) can be spoofed easily. It's not actually coming from or thru your account. This technique is commonly used by Spammers to hide the origin of their e-mails and leads to problems such as misdirected bounces. All you can do is delete the emails, and run full system scan on weekly basis to make sure that you are protected.

Yogesh

Kudos0

Re: why does my hotmail keep sending out random emails?

ok.

right i have done the hijak this scan but i cant find the saved log file, lol

i scan my laptop regularly.

also, once3 when i went to right new email, when it opened there was always an advertising email already there.

but i have since solved that.,

when i do the hijak scan, how should i scan, which option?

Kudos0

Re: why does my hotmail keep sending out random emails?

ok, here it is.
File Attachment: 
Kudos0

Re: why does my hotmail keep sending out random emails?

There are only a few unnecessary entries in your Hijackthis log, but there are not malicious. You can run Hijackthi Scan again, select only the following entries and click Fix.

O2 - BHO: (no name) - {02478D38-C3F9-4efb-9B51-7695ECA05670} - (no file)
O2 - BHO: WormRadar.com IESiteBlocker.NavFilter - {3CA2F312-6F6E-4B53-A66E-4E65E497C8C0} - C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgssie.dll (file missing)
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {5C255C8A-E604-49b4-9D64-90988571CECB} - (no file)
O18 - Protocol: linkscanner - {F274614C-63F8-47D5-A4D1-FBDDE494F8D1} - C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgpp.dll (file missing)

Kudos0

Re: why does my hotmail keep sending out random emails?

i completed another malware scan, as i did when i had the global root problem

this scan revealed nothing.

ok, i will do the hijack scan again.

Kudos0

Re: why does my hotmail keep sending out random emails?

ok,

i have deleted the 4 lines you suggested.

will come back to this forum in a couple of days when i have checked my emails again.

thank you guys for your time.

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