I have cable access to the internet, so that makes me a nice target for a cracker. I have tried running Firewalls (Zone Alarm, etc) but they were causing quite a few problems with my computer so I had to get rid of them. Supposedly, the router that my mom has connected to my computer to give her laptops internet has a built in firewall, but my comp is connected directly to the cable (don't know if that makes a difference). Anyhow, I logged onto my yahoo mail today, and there were 7 failed deliveries to users I'd never sent an e-mail to. To make matters more fishy, they all started with an "a" and were mostly names of people. Here is an example of one:
Originally posted by thelinuxguy sounds like you might be infected with one of those email virus. Windows me is not a very big target for hackers
I recently uninstalled Norton (the subscription had run out a few weeks ago), and downloaded the free version of AVG in its place. I'll run it and see if anything comes up. And I can see why hackers wouldn't like ME, who the hell would?
It is likely that someone with whom you've exchanged emails is infected with a virus which is making the email appear as if it came from your email address to make it look legit. Unfortunately, aside from keeping your machine up to date and virus free, there is not alot you can do.
PS - Maybe show the email headers to an expert so that you can find the PC that is infected and contact the ISP.
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