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    I keep getting strange emails from myself!!! The contents are about a chinese electrical firm. The headings are Postmaster@mail.hot when I click on these messages it says delivery status notification failure. or Delivery to the following recipients has been delayed.
    The firm is called more happy 2009@hotmail.com or Bettermore.net
    Some of these emails say they are from vacation reply. i have looked there and there is nothing.
    I get these emails each night and they are increasing.
    How can I get rid of this once and for all?
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    Your computer is probably fill of spyware i used to get loads of spam mail since i put in norton 360 i dont have that problem anymore.
    I think spyware is just as a big a problem as virus these day u need to get a all in on securtity package that does spyware as well

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    Hi Fran

    I'd say you cant go wrong with loading the following software on your machine then run the scans and get rid of whatever it finds.

    Malwarebytes from http://www.malwarebytes.org/ - download "free version"

    Spybot from http://www.safer-networking.org/en/mirrors/index.html

    and either Avast home edition anti-virus from http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html

    or AVG anti-virus from http://free.avg.com/

    all free programs

    let us know how you get on.
    Regards

    Brian Mackay
    www.caithnessfootie.co.uk

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    I NEVER open e mails from myself unless I know I have sent them. They go straight to delete. I regularly, as in every other day delete temp internet files and run the following programmes. I use AVG and Ad-Aware free editions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fran View Post
    I keep getting strange emails from myself!!! The contents are about a chinese electrical firm. The headings are Postmaster@mail.hot when I click on these messages it says delivery status notification failure. or Delivery to the following recipients has been delayed.
    Someone who is sending spam has got a hold of your email address and is using it to send spam. That is why you are getting these returned emails returned from postmasters, which is basically saying that the email address does not exist.
    If all is not lost, where is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fran View Post
    How can I get rid of this once and for all?
    Matelot79 is right - it's called 'spoofing'.

    Some nefarious character is using the name of your email address to send spam to people. When it's rejected by their email server a 'non-delivery response' is sent back to the original email address, i.e., yours.

    Unfortunately though, you can't make it stop.

    Only thing you can do is to set up a mail filter to redirect those emails (or emails with that particular subject line, or from a particular email address) to your ''junk' folder.

    It's not neessarily anything to do with malware, spyware or a virus - they could have got your email address from anywhere to be honest, but it's never a bad idea to run an anti-malware/spyware program like the ones already suggested previously.
    "It makes my blood burn with metal energy..."

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    It's the one problem you get with Out Of Office or vacation replies. If you get spam while you're away, your system send a reply saying that 'I'm away'. When the spammers get this reply from you they say 'ah, that address is live - add it to our mailing list' which means you will just get more and more spam.

    There is really only two realistic ways of keeping your inbox clean unfortunately:
    1. Get some GOOD antispam software
    2. Don't use email
    If you use email then at some point you will get spam.
    Kind regards,

    Paul Broadwith
    Blue Ivy Ltd, Wick - Certified Microsoft Small Business Specialist

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