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Apteryx
08-03-2005, 01:51 AM
something is sending bogus emails to "trial" addresses, so Im flooded with postmaster invalid responses.
How do I find out what and where?

I have run UTD Spybot and Lavasoft adaware and have stealth settings on ZAL security suite, all say nothing found
Now what? Can I setup Outlook to prevent this?

Using Outlook 2003 on WinXpH SP2 IE6

drcspy
08-03-2005, 06:18 AM
do you have an antivirus program ?......adaware and spybot are not antivirs progs.......if you dont then get one pronto and run it.....theres plenty of free ones out there and also online scanners........

johnboy
08-03-2005, 08:24 AM
You need to have your anti virus updated daily.
Try these online scans
Spyware scan
here (http://www.windowsecurity.com/trojanscan/)
Trendmicro
here (http://housecall.trendmicro.com/)
Panda here (http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/com/activescan_principal.htm)
Bitdefender
here (http://www.bitdefender.com/scan/licence.php)
Symantec
here (http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/default.asp?langid=ie&venid=sym)
hth

Safari
08-03-2005, 08:51 AM
Do a virus scan but it is more likely that someone else who is sending the emails.
It is quite common for someone with a virus on their computer to send out emails with a From address gathered from their address book and if it happens to be your address then you will receive all the returned messages as this is where it appears to have originated.
There is nothing you can do about it except ignore and delete them.
FAQ 22 explains this situation.
http://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/faq.php?faq=pressf1_faq_email#faq_pressf1_faq_22

Billy T
08-03-2005, 10:33 AM
And for previewing email contents and deleting direct from the mailserver without even downloading the emails, get Mailwasher (http://www.mailwasher.net/). That way any virus payloads don't even get anywhere near your computer.

Cheers

Billy 8-{)

Apteryx
08-03-2005, 01:17 PM
Thanks Guys, Ive done all that, have anti virus with ZAL SS; have both mailsafe and mailfrontier; updated daily and SP2s Firewall as well as Win Patrol.
I think Safari may have the answer that its someone else address list.

What I want to know is how to look for - and recognise- aliens in my registry or attached to apps?

Speedy Gonzales
08-03-2005, 02:07 PM
There's a lot of programs that can scan the registry, for malware/trojans etc BUT most of them arent free.

Programs like Nortons AV or ZA (if ZA gives u the options to scan in My computer), this will scan files for viruses. I dont know if it does. I dont use ZA.

Most AV programs like the above may scan files, BUT may not necessarily scan the registry at the same time.

Spybot http://www.spybot.info may pick something up - this is free

Trojan Remover - http://www.simplysup.com/tremover/ might too. BUT this is only a 30 day trial.

Ad-aware MIGHT pick up spyware http://www.lavasoftusa.com . The SE version is free.

And Xosoft they say is one of the best Anti-spyware programs around.

http://www.paretologic.com/xoftspy/ but this isnt free either. And unless registered, I dont think it removes anything.

it only tells u, u may have something nasty.

I use Spampal http://www.spampal.org for email. Its free, and if an email from one place starts to get annoying, I blacklist the whole domain.