Windows 7 - unauthorized emails being sent

Asked By sa on 29-Apr-07 08:18 PM
I use Outlook Express 6 and run MacAfee Virus scan. When I go into my email
there are hundreds of returned emails, blocked by spam blockers or they were
sent to invalid email adresses. The problem is I did not send any of these
emails but they all show comming from me. I ran MacAfee numerous times but it
always comes back no virus or spyware found. I changed my email password, no
help. I was going to change my email address but my isp says it wont help,
there must be a virus in my pc. Any ideas how I can fix this? Thanks.

Ron Sommer replied on 29-Apr-07 10:06 PM
Your isp doesn't know what it is talking about.
Somebody is using your address to send spam.
If you disconnect from the Internet, I will bet that there will be spam sent
while your computer is not connected.
Your address could be blocked by some servers.
If the problem doesn't stop, insist on a new address.
Ronald Sommer

sa replied on 29-Apr-07 10:18 PM
Thanks Ron, It's been about a month now and usually on Saturday and Sundays.
I was really concerned that someone was able to access my personal info not
just using my email address. I will give it a little more time before I go
through the nitemare of changing my address as I use it for my business,
N. Miller replied on 29-Apr-07 10:49 PM
Nobody blocks by email address. All spam blocking is by IP address. A new
email address isn't necessary.

~Shine, bright morning light,
~now in the air the spring is coming.
~Sweet, blowing wind,
~singing down the hills and valleys.
N. Miller replied on 29-Apr-07 10:54 PM
Spammer forgery of your email address. Almost everybody will get hit by this
at some time, or other. It was my turn in the summer of 2003. The best that
you can do is filter it while you ride it out.

Changing your email address isn't necessary. At some point the spammer will
start forging a different email address. Mail server administrators block by
IP address of the email source, not the email address.

~Shine, bright morning light,
~now in the air the spring is coming.
~Sweet, blowing wind,
~singing down the hills and valleys.
Vanguard replied on 29-Apr-07 11:58 PM
You can't stop anyone from using your e-mail address as theirs.
*Saying* they are you is not the same as having permission to actually
connect and use your e-mail account with whomever is your e-mail
provider.  There are a lots of Sams out there.  No Same has the legal
right to force all the other Sams to change their name.  You have no
legal right to your e-mail address.  Anyone can call themself Sam,
including those whose real name isn't Sam and those that do good and bad

You will need to look at the headers of the returned mails to see if
they actually came from your computer.  They are probably originating
from somewhere else, somewhere over which you have no control.
N. Miller replied on 30-Apr-07 03:45 AM
I expect that is wrong. I also expect that there isn't squat I can do about
others using my email address except to file complaints with providers whose
users are sources of abuse.

simply a pretty generic given name. The second is expressly unique so that
email directed to the owner of that account will get message intended for

My ownership of an email address is only limited by the agreement with my
email service provider, but that is yet another matter than whether Joe Blow
can call himself "Norman" (as long as he isn't trying to impersonate
do *is* an attempt to impersonate the owner of the email address in order to
deflect abuse complaints.

~Shine, bright morning light,
~now in the air the spring is coming.
~Sweet, blowing wind,
~singing down the hills and valleys.
sa replied on 30-Apr-07 07:30 AM
Thanks for all the feedback, it looks like I just need to ride this out. It
was driving me nuts looking for a problem or virus in my pc..Thanks again..
Vanguard replied on 30-Apr-07 10:55 PM
You NEVER own the rights to a domain which is part of your e-mail
address.  You don't own the domain.  Even if you register a domain, just
try not paying the registrar at renewal time and see if you get to keep
that domain.  You don't get to own a domain.

You certainly don't get to own the username at a domain.  You think if
you stopped paying your current ISP and went somewhere else that you
still get to use that old username@olddomain.tld?  Yeah, right.  You
think you have any legal recource should the real owner of that e-mail
address (i.e., the e-mail provider) decide to delete your account or
force you to use a new username because they chose to change their
naming rules?

At no time will any provider every surrender any of their resources to
you, the customer.  You are leasing or renting their services.  You are
not buying any of those resources.  They still own the software and
hardware from which you lease "services".  You don't get to own the
e-mail address.  They continue to own their own resources.  There is no
limited ownership of an e-mail address.  The provider from which you
lease services retain all ownership of their resources, and part of that
is any configuration of their system which includes any accounts that
they configure for your use but is on their resources.

Don't ever mistake that you own your e-mail address.  It's not your
resource on which it is defined.  Even if you register your own domain
and have your own software (for mail servers) and the hardware on which
it executes, you still don't own the domain.  After your registration
expires, and unless you surrender more ransom for continued *permission*
to use those definitions, you WILL lose that domain.

I suspect you also think that when you have paid all the mortgage to
your house that you actually own it?  Well, you own the house, not the
land.  Just stop paying your property taxes (or any taxes) and try
keeping the government from taking that land and anything still on it
when you fail to pay your "lease".
N. Miller replied on 01-May-07 12:07 AM
Ownership in the sense of a lease, I suppose; for all intents and purposes,
a leased item is yours as long as you comply with the terms of the lease.
The same would apply to registered domains; except that, as the registrant,
I *do* fully own the user names under the domain, for a long as my lease of
the domain is valid.

Of course we are *ALL* property of our respective governments, and have no
intrinsic rights over our own lives; other than what our governments are
willing to allow; i.e., we don't even own our own selves.

~Shine, bright morning light,
~now in the air the spring is coming.
~Sweet, blowing wind,
~singing down the hills and valleys.