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    Default Daughter sends un wanted email every day

    Some would say I am lucky having a daughter that sends me an email just about every day - but neither of us feel that way.
    You see the emails consist of only ever one line which is a link to some site or other.
    None of the emails have been sent by my daughter.

    In other words some program has taken over her computer - accessed her mailing list and is using it to send out advertising stuff. Clever!
    But of course we want to stop it.
    I haven't needed much in the way of stopping this sort of thing and my daughter is computer literate but by no means an expert.
    So we need help. Can you recommend a program she can download to stop this (or any other action she needs to take).
    Tom

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    Default Re: Daughter sends un wanted email every day

    Nothing much she can do really as it will probably be spam email being sent out using her email address in the from field. It will be sent to many other addresses as well apart from yours.
    Can you post a copy of the email so we can take a look at it.

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    Default Re: Daughter sends un wanted email every day

    Set a spam filter to filter out links etc. as a temporary solution, maybe? As a full solution, get a good antivirus program (can't think of any at the top of my head right now, others on here will know of one) and do a full scan to make sure there is nothing untoward on her laptop.

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    Default Re: Daughter sends un wanted email every day

    change password of email account

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    Default Re: Daughter sends un wanted email every day

    Don't know if your Daughter is computer literate but between you ,daughter and speedy it may be a easy fix through a high-jack it log which she can send you and you post for speedy

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    Default Re: Daughter sends un wanted email every day

    She should have the following:

    Antivirus:
    Nod32 or MS Security Essentials
    AntiSpyware: Spybot plus Malware Bytes or Superantispyware

    All 3 need to be updated first - every week, then scan the PC at least once a week.
    wipe your paws.

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    Default Re: Daughter sends un wanted email every day

    And you should check the webmail account (Sent Items) to make sure the online web account hasn't been compromised - if you can see the not-from-your-daughter emails in the sent items, someone has cracked the password.

    But it's probably more likely the sender email address is being spoofed...

    It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument. -William G. McAdoo, lawyer and politician (1863-1941)

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    Default Re: Daughter sends un wanted email every day

    Tell her to turn off the computer for 24 hours (or just to stay disconnected from the internet for 24 hours) - if the emails still arrive, then they're not coming off her computer.

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    Default Re: Daughter sends un wanted email every day

    I get similar from mate in Wales.

    I have sent it to junk mail.

    Seems to do it for me.
    "The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living." Cicero

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    Default Re: Daughter sends un wanted email every day

    +1 pctek
    it's probably worth noting that NOD32 is an AV that you have to pay for. Were as MSE is free.

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