Un deliverable messages etc

  JF25 10:20 18 Feb 07
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I have recently started getting a lot of un delivered messages which did not originate from my computer they do not come from my e mail address although the address after the @ is the same as mine the letters in front of the @ vary and bear no relation to mine. This along with an increase in spam for Viagra etc is getting very annoying. Any advice would be appreciated.
I have up to date Norton Internet Security but a lot of spam still gets through.
John

  Forum Editor 10:32 18 Feb 07

something is spoofing your email address - sending out random spam from another computer, using your address as the return address.

There's not much you can do about this except wait, and hope it will eventually die down. In the meantime you should run a full system virus scan on your machine, to make sure that you don't have an infection by a Klez or Yaha type virus, two of the most common infections associated with spoofing.

You could also consider changing your email address.

  JF25 17:01 18 Feb 07

I have considered changing e mail address but not sure how to go about it also how do I contact Norton to keep my regular updates on a new address.
J

  p;3 17:14 18 Feb 07

try mailwasher if you have not already got it?

  jack 17:26 18 Feb 07

As FE explained this appears to be a type of spam, presumably to try to get round spam killers,
This sort of thing is an ongoing game between spammers/virus writers and the valiant coders that try to protect us.
But as always the protector has to aware of a threat before they can action any protection.
There is a way to get around stuff coming into to you machine completely.
A bit long winded but sure secure.
Close your E-mail client to stop mail coming in.
Then go to your ISP homepage and look at your mail as web mail.
Here you can check all your mail, including stuff you do not want, mark such mail to the blacklist and then click on - apply all rules,
Leave the mail you want on the site. Come out of it and open your E-mail client
You will then get in only the mail you want.
Moreover the ISP site will remember the addresses you sent to the Blacklist and block them.
Do this on a regular basis and you will find your spam count will diminish considerably.

  JF25 16:40 20 Feb 07

Thanks Jack
I am not sure how I go about closing my e mail client. I am not very well up in computers, help would be appreciated.
John

  jack 20:02 20 Feb 07

For E-mail client read - the program you use for E-mail
Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Eudora. Netscape etc.
Simply shut the program down as you would any other.
Also go to START and in the left hand column, where various program icons are - if your E-mail program is there right click on it and click on remove from list.
Then when you have examined the mail on your server as described,click on the desktop icon to start the E-mail program and the mail you have decided to keep will roll in.
Then shut the program down until you decided to have another look.
This is long winded, Some folk cant be 'Bovvered' but it is secure, you choose what mail comes into your machine.

  PA28 20:10 20 Feb 07

I have had this problem ever since Orange took over from Wanadoo. Orange's advice was to set up filters, which once done work pretty well (you have to check that you are not missing stuff that you want but which doesn't bear your exact email address). My concern is that there is all this wasted chaff steaming around the internet and presumably having an effect on the speed of the genuine traffic - but Orange weren't too interested in this aspect!

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