Something sending emails from my AOL account

  stlucia2 11 Apr 12
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A couple of days ago I found 36 "Message undeliverable" messages in my AOL inbox, and yesterday another dozen. I just assumed that someone was cloning my email address to send out spam, as has happened a couple of times in the past, and that it would stop in a couple of days.

But last night my daughter phoned to ask if I had sent her an email with a link to a www. site (I hadn't). She said the CC line in the email contains a bunch of addresses which I recognise as being from my AOL address book, so it seems like the emails must actually be coming from my PC.

I've run Spybod S&D already, and it found seven "problems", all of which seemed to be tracking cookies. I'm running Malawarebytes at the moment but, while this is going on, any suggestions as to what infection I've got, and what's the best solution for removal, please?

I'm on Windows XP fully updated, and have Zone Alarm and Avast (fully updated) running all the time.

  Nontek 11 Apr 12

The same thing happened to me little while ago, I ran all the usual scans Mbam etc and most significantly, Changed My email Password - have had no repeat since.

  stlucia2 11 Apr 12

Thanks. Malawarbytes has finished now, and found no virus. And there's no "Message undeliverable" messages in my inbox now. So maybe I'll just change my passwords.

  stlucia2 11 Apr 12

OK, this afternoon and evening I've been running Spybot S&D and AdAware. Spybot reported, and dealt with, seven possible threats. I've Googled them all, and so far as I can see they're all marketing-type cookies. AdAware has just finished and reported one "threat" and four tracking cookies, all of which were deleted.

Anyone any idea/knowledge of what might have raided my AOL address book and sent out spurious emails? And any suggestions about what other software I could use to detect and eliminate the problem (if it still exists), or what I should use instead of ZA and Avast?

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