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Is there a virus on my pc
« on: August 18, 2009, 11:31:32 PM »

I been told online by some people that they have been getting alot of strange emails from me, though i now its not me sending them,  i thinking that there must be a virus leerking somewhere.

I usually up-date my computer, and regularly scan but there are no virus's found.

What do i need to do, anyone else been having the same problem

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Re: Is there a virus on my pc
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2009, 11:32:40 PM »
i would suggest a change of your password(email id's password).

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Re: Is there a virus on my pc
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2009, 11:38:04 PM »

So its not a virus then, pheeew

yes i was thinking that maybe someones was using my ussername from another location, will get on that right away.


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Re: Is there a virus on my pc
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2009, 11:39:16 PM »
try it and if it doesn't workout then come back.

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Re: Is there a virus on my pc
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2009, 11:43:37 PM »
Changing your password will make no difference whatsoever.

If your system is sending out spam it doesn't use your email program, so no password required.

Emails frequently use email addresses from infected systems in a forged from address. So it is more likely that this is the case.

Set the avast Internet Mail provider to High as this would also monitor any activity outside of you sending email and it also monitors multiple identical emails in a time period (spam), so this would be an early indication that you have a hidden or undetected trojan spambot.

What is your firewall ?
As that should also protect against unauthorised outbound connections, like spambots trying to connect to send.
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Re: Is there a virus on my pc
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2009, 11:46:14 PM »
My assumption : person does not use an email client. he may be using a webmail.

edit: anyways the person's is going to come back if he has problems again.
« Last Edit: August 18, 2009, 11:48:12 PM by nmb »

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Re: Is there a virus on my pc
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2009, 11:48:45 PM »
I didn't read anything that led me to believe that, so we need feedback from the OP.
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Re: Is there a virus on my pc
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2009, 11:50:03 PM »
OP?

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Re: Is there a virus on my pc
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2009, 12:43:20 AM »
hi DavidR

My internet mail scan is showing on High, and i haven't had any slowness to the pc as a sign of maybe having a virus, the pc is working at normal speed.

My firewall is also on, and its windows security centre

Edit to add


I've just noticed that my internet mail scan is showing ( No count, but says its running?


« Last Edit: August 19, 2009, 01:12:36 AM by den21 »

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Re: Is there a virus on my pc
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2009, 02:04:51 AM »
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Re: Is there a virus on my pc
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2009, 02:16:32 AM »
My internet mail scan is showing on High, and i haven't had any slowness to the pc as a sign of maybe having a virus, the pc is working at normal speed.

You won't notice any slowness bumping it up to High as for the most part it doesn't use any more resources and will be in a waiting state until you send or receive email. Having it set to high will have alerted you if your system was sending spam, so what others were suggesting you were sending spam doesn't appear correct. You haven't said what your email program is either ?

My firewall is also on, and its windows security centre

You don't say what your firewall is ?
The windows security center isn't your firewall as that is just a monitor to tell you if it is on or off.

What is your Operating System ?

Edit to add
I've just noticed that my internet mail scan is showing ( No count, but says its running?

This would bring us to your email program again and if you use webmail (e.g. view your email through your browser) ?

Or if you have to use an email program to download the email, but you have to use SSL/TLS secure encrypted email ?

What is your ISP (or where is this email coming from, gmail, Yahoo, MSN, etc.) ?
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Re: Is there a virus on my pc
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2009, 05:49:58 AM »
What email client are you using?
Are you using the built-in firewall or a third party one?
Have you scanned your system with any other scanner besides Avast?
Is windows up-to-date(fully patched)?

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Re: Is there a virus on my pc
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2009, 09:09:07 AM »
I also have had similar problems in the past (and continue to do so). Apparently, there is nothing I can do. My PC is clean, avast! scan is clean and so is MBAM. Gmail marks these e-mails from 'me' as spam.

From what I gather, other PCs / users to whom I have sent e-mail and am in their address book may have viruses / trojans which are spoofing the e-mail addresses. If I examine these headers, the e-mail is clearly not originating from gmail or my usual ISP smtp domains.

If anybody else has any suggestions to prevent this, I would be most appreciative.

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Re: Is there a virus on my pc
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2009, 10:58:18 AM »
OKay so many things i need to understand here, i'm not very computer  minded, so pls forgive me if i appear abit vague with my answers.

Right, i'm using XP Windows,

The email i use is from my current provider AOL

I am not using another firewall protection, just the windows built in one .

Not using another Anti -virus protection, only using Avast on my system.

I regularly scan on standard, but today i'm doing a thorough scan to see if this will pick anything up.

Sorry i know i seem abit vague, i do my best
« Last Edit: August 19, 2009, 10:42:22 PM by den21 »

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Re: Is there a virus on my pc
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2009, 12:57:47 PM »
What Service Pack (SP) level is XP?