the amount of spam i receive in my mail inbox has recently exploded, going from 5-10 spam mesages a day, to 100+ a day. now, i cannot send messages through my tiscali mail account. i get the following error message:-
An unknown error has occurred. Account: 'xxxxxxxxx', Server: 'smtp.tiscali.co.uk', Protocol: SMTP, Server Response: '554 Your IP (xx.x.xx.xxx) is being blocked because of excessive spam e-mail traffic.', Port: 25, Secure(SSL): No, Server Error: 554, Error Number: 0x800CCC6F
i also have an ntl mail account and can send from this account ok. i've googled the error number and cannot find any useful info, virus scanned (avg), run spybot s&d, adaware, autoruns and hijack this and cannot find anything OBVIOUSLY sinister, (although i'm not expert at analysing the results). could my computer be being used as a "spam sender" somehow and if so what can i do? some of the spam mails, when viewed in OE have me as the sender in the "from" field.
for your quick replies. brundle, i will contact tiscali, as i'm inclined to think it may be something that their mail server has picked up on. johnnyrocker, thanx for the response, but the amount of spam i receive would undoubtedly reduce with a spam blocker, but this is not my main concern. i'm more concerned with the fact that i might be spamming others unknowingly. also, i get supposed "bounced" emails,from "mail delivery system", or whatever, implying that messages i have supposedly sent are undeliverable. i hate to think that i'm possibly contributing to the scourge of the net that is spam.