Bizarre Yahoo email problem - virus?

  Pineman100 11:25 06 Jun 2008

A friend runs XP SP2 and uses Yahoo for her email. She has recently started suffering from a strange problem - here's her explanation of it:

"I have discovered that from time to time, when I try to send an email, it disappears somewhere. I then find it again, but the subject line has changed, and has some completely random phrase in it.

One email that I just tried to send ended up with the subject line "No me pidas un beso mientras como mi hotdog" (not speaking Spanish I don't know what that means - I hope it's not filth). Another suddenly had the subject line "General Apathy", which I never put there.

I have run a full virus scan of my computer, which found nothing."

Has anyone else suffered from this? Can anyone explain it, please?

  johnnyrocker 11:48 06 Jun 2008

malware scans?


  Pineman100 17:21 06 Jun 2008

What are those? How would my friend get rid of them?

  PGlad 17:27 06 Jun 2008

I think johnnyrocker means that you should run a malware scan not get rid of one!

It's obvious that your friend has a virus or trojan infection, and some anti-virus programmes are better than others at detecting them. Is the anti-virus programme you are using up to date and which one is it?

As for doing a malware scan, Microsoft have a 'malicious software removal tool' which is designed to tackle this kind of problem. I presume thay have a version of this for XP and you can download it from the Microsoft Update site.

  crosstrainer 17:31 06 Jun 2008

Get your freind to download, update and run:

click here

click here

And make sure antivirus software is up to date.

  Pineman100 09:59 10 Jun 2008

Further reasearch has revealed that (and I'm simply reporting what I've trawled on the internet - no personal experience) no malware is involved.

Apparently the latest version of Yahoo's email software has a random subject generator built into the the "Subject" button. You click it, and it pops a randomly generated subject line into that field.

I can hear you asking, "what's the use of that?"

Don't ask me - seems ridiculous!

Can anyone confirm this, and explain its purpose?

Many thanks again to everyone who responded.

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