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    A few months ago my email account sent everyone on my contact list a link. I don't know what it was, but it wasn't an English link. I changed my password, and that seemed to have worked, but then the day before yesterday it happened again. So again, I changed my password, but I noticed it happened again today, even though my password is a mixture of lowercase and uppercase and numbers in random places, so I really am at a loss to what to do next. I don't know how these people are doing it, and I don't know how they're getting into my account Anyone got any ideas?
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    Start up a new email account?

    Sorry can't suggest anything better.
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    But surely whoever is sending the links will eventually find this new account and start sending links from that. I mean it's not one link. Sometimes it for "quality handbags", other times viagra, penis enlargements, dating sites, porn, and some other stuff that's not written in English so I don't even know.
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    This happened to me. In my case, I'm fairly sure it was some kind of virus on my laptop-- my brother's laptop, who cant be bothered to install antivirus. Anyway, I couldn't get it to stop except by deleting my address book. So I did that. It's not my main email account so it was no bother.

    Scan your computer fully with anti-virus and ad/malware protection software like Ad-Aware.
    Change your password again.
    Don't open any suspicious looking emails.
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    Hmmm what virus protection software do you have on your pc?
    And how often do you download illegally?

    If the answer to first question is "not much" and answer to second is "quite often" then I would suggest getting some virus software, and if necessary taking your laptop to a computer shop and getting them to get rid of all the malware on it.

    I remember when we had to take the computer to the shop, the cute geeky guy who worked there got really happy because our computer was the most infected one he'd seen in months!
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    Use another computer to change your password and recoveries.
    If you can't then delete all emails and contacts that you have so they wouldn't be able to send emails to anyone that you may know.
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    OK, this is going to sound really bad, but I have no protection. I have something called McAffee security, so I am assuing this is something, but it tells me that it's out of date, so again, I am assuming it's there and doing nothing.

    I never download.

    OK, I'll try and find something online to protect my computer, and do a scan. Anyone recommend anything?
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    Tbh if you've already got a virus (more than likely with out of date virus protection as it only takes 30 mins of browsing the internet on average before a virus attacks) it can stop other virus software working...

    However I always use Norton for virus protection software (found it works well so far!) it's not free but it's very good and if you keep it up to date should protect you forever more =D
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    It's a virus Spirit, you need to do a scan and get rid of it (quickly plz, I get them from you all the time :p:)

    Norton gets a lot of slack I think, but I've never had a virus on my laptop, and have always used Norton, so clearly it's not as crappy as people say.

    You can get like demo's and stuff i think if you wanna try them before you buy anything Spirit?
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    The exact same thing happened to me yesterday. I had a few people saying I was sending them a random link through email. I changed my passwords and scanned my laptop. Hopefully it's cleared the problem.
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    OK, I am doing a Norton scan now.
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    I always use CCleaner to clear cache and saved passwords, maybe try that as well?
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    (Original post by emilina)
    Norton gets a lot of slack I think, but I've never had a virus on my laptop, and have always used Norton, so clearly it's not as crappy as people say.
    Little slack you mean

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    I always use CCleaner to clear cache and saved passwords, maybe try that as well?
    Part of the regime innit:

    Scan (antivirus, adware/malware)
    Ccleaner/Disk Cleaner
    then Defrag that mofo, job done
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    Solution:
    Falcon Punch your computer.

    Problem solved.

    You're Welcome
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    Norton says:


    153607 files scanned, 1 file(s) infected on your disk drives.


    No viruses were detected in memory.

    Your computer is free of known threats. Virus Detection does not check compressed files.

    Your computer appears safe for now. For real-time protection from viruses, hackers and privacy threats, upgrade to Norton Internet Security™.

    No viruses were detected in memory.
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    I'm pretty sure all you need to do is change your password.
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    Spam/junk mail - usually from surveys, questionnaires or some sort of subscription. I'm not sure as to how someone or something has possession of your account details if you have a AntiVirus/Firewall protection on. Haha, you should really check the small T&C's on sites that you register on "[x] Share email to 3rd party..." Try logging out for a day and if emails are still getting sent it could be something happening from an external source, if not it's probably in your PC/Laptop.

    -My apologies, this is no laughing matter.
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    (Original post by Panda Bear)
    I'm pretty sure all you need to do is change your password.
    I've tried this, several times :yep:


    OK, I've deleted all my contacts, then no one can get anything else
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    (Original post by SpiritedAway)
    I've tried this, several times :yep:
    Oops... I'm clearly a doughnut and didn't read your first post.
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    (Original post by silent ninja)
    Part of the regime innit:

    Scan (antivirus, adware/malware)
    Ccleaner/Disk Cleaner
    then Defrag that mofo, job done
    heh well I don't really know what I'm clearing when I tick the boxes I just go along with it...

    I'm not great with all the technical stuff
 
 
 
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