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Outlook mailing self-generated, unapproved messages - what's happening???

By blvtzpk
Nov 20, 2005
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  1. Hi all,

    In the past week, my Outlook 2003 has begun to (occasionally) send messages to random addresses from my inbox. Tonight at 6.05PM it decided to generate and send 6 separate messages, all telling the recipients information about their subscription to a mailing list I supposedly run. I run no mailing list and have no idea why these messages are being generated and sent out.

    A sample of one can be seen below. The address in the salutation I've asterixed out is the person to whom the email was sent, and the address in the "To get help" line is my own.

    Any ideas?

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    Subject: Request processing error - Code for subscribe confirmation is wrong

    Dear **@***.***.** [**@***.***.**]!


    While processing your request: Fwd: Re:please confirm this email,
    the following error occurred: Code for subscribe confirmation is wrong


    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    To get help, click the following link: mailto:****@*****.*****.**.**?subject=help, or send a message to ****@*****.*****.**.**, with "help" in the Subject field.



    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    Mailing List Administrator
    mailto:****@*****.*****.**.**
     
  2. gary_hendricks

    gary_hendricks TS Rookie Posts: 138

    Run an anti-virus program and check your PC straight away.
     
  3. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 1,267

  4. blvtzpk

    blvtzpk TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    Hi,

    I have run my anti-virus over it (Norton) and the same package (NIS) has a firewall. However, I'll try the Sygate firewall and see if that works.
     
  5. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 1,267

    I didn't think you were running a firewall. It's not a good idea to run two.
     
  6. blvtzpk

    blvtzpk TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

    I just checked my Norton Internet Security and the firewall was on. What I was planning to do was use the Sygate firewall isntead of Norton's - see if that works.
     
  7. IronDuke

    IronDuke TS Rookie Posts: 1,267

    No problem if only one is running.
     
  8. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Well, I just made the leap. I have been a devoted NORTON user for many years, but after reading all the problems people have been having in this forum (even though I have never had a problem), I decided to take precautions and dump norton.

    Installed AVG antivirus this morning.

    Anyways blvtzpk, try running this one: http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ just to rule out that Norton isn't missing something. What you describe sounds like a virus.
     
  9. blvtzpk

    blvtzpk TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 28

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