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9th January 2011, 09:23 AM
Someone has hijacked my email address and sent out **** emails - 147 at last count.
Rest assured there not from me.

Thank you Gary Robinson of ************** for letting me know.Very much appreciated.

To the pest responsible.Grow up and get a life.


9th January 2011, 09:57 AM
The odds are that noone has knowingly hijacked your email address.

This is what a virus usually does. Odds are someone who you have e-mailed in the past has some malware in their computer. This malware is then sending out e-mails from their computer pretending to be from you.

There are usually links to click in the e-mail which will infect the person's computer with a virus if clicked.

9th January 2011, 10:47 AM
Thanks Neil,
I have computer protection Avasti.
I would have hoped that this would have picked up any virus.Obviously not.

Have been advised to change my user name and password.

How do I go about that re Propun.

9th January 2011, 01:21 PM
Thanks to all the punters who I regularly correpond with for your support.
I only got one crackpot email,and he,s best forgotten.


10th January 2011, 04:16 AM
A simple way to stop this happening to your email again,

is set up a bogus email address starting with say AAA

The virus will not be able to go past this first address because it is bogus, thus protecting your legit entries.

Malware often gets around a number of virus protection programs, thats what makes them insidious.

I would run this very good free Malware killer.
I have used it myself & it worked a treat.
This will remove the problem.

10th January 2011, 09:46 AM
Thanks Bghawan.Much appreciated.
Will do it now.


10th January 2011, 11:09 AM
Gees that was quick.Free too.

What would I do without you Brian.

Hey .Anyway of tracing the idiot who done this?


11th January 2011, 04:56 AM
It is very difficult to trace ,because it is usually attached , inside something else ,where people sending it, don't even know it is in their stuff ,that is being sent , just like you just experienced, where it was sending out emails on your behalf with your name attached to it, by attaching itself to your email address book.
By creating a bogus email address beginning with say AAA@hotmail this usually stops it from getting to the legit entries in the address book, that follow on underneath.
So ...
What will happen if attacked next time.
You will get an automatic email responce saying that AAA@hotmail could not be sent.
This tells you that you now have Malware in your system & you now know what to do to get it out.
If you run AVG virus protection (free) this will tell you if there is any in your system each time it scans & it will tell you what sites to go to to have it removed.

11th January 2011, 07:29 AM
Bgahwan,Your a gem .Thank you so much.

11th January 2011, 07:37 AM
Bgahwan,Your a gem .Thank you so much.

Done and dusted.

11th January 2011, 07:42 AM
Hey Brian and others .
Here,s a bit of info off topic BUT
If your involved in a car pile up and your the last car your the sucker who gets charged with negligent driving and the insurance consequences.
Happened to me yesterday.Sheer madness but thats the law in NSW.