From where would a web site get my email address?

By chow1012
Jan 10, 2006
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  1. When I visit a web site, sometimes it would get my email address and start sending emails to me. I wonder where it gets it from. Registries? An Outlook setting?
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,689   +395

    Have any specific examples? Websites won't just get your email address unless you give it to them, you have some spyware/malware/virus/trojan thats getting it, or some scanner picked up your address from some site you gave it on.
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    There are a lot of things that can be read via your browser, especially if you're using Internet Explorer. Check BrowserSpy for example scripts.
  4. chow1012

    chow1012 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 17

    I understand that a script, spyware etc could send my personal information out throught the internet. What I would like to know is where those information are stored. If possible, I could change those information e.g. email address to make the spyware send out wrong information of mine.
  5. lithiumdeuterid

    lithiumdeuterid TS Rookie Posts: 88

    Rather than trying to make spyware send out "wrong information", you should be removing the spyware.
  6. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Of course you could configure all your programs with some fake email addresses and you could never, ever type your real email address on your own computer..

    Better just not use Internet Explorer (ever!) and get rid of spyware. And don't visit those s****y websites again.

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