Somebody's been reading my files!

  DannyOH 10:48 14 Dec 2004

(The guys over in Speakers' Corner suggested I post this here as well.)

I am writing a book. Being in good command of the language, I use many words not normally encountered elsewhere. Lately I have been concerned as more and more of these words--too many of them to be a mere coincidence--are turning up in my email "Subject" lines as spam!

I am using Windows XP (SP2)--with TWO Ad blockers installed (File Sharing OFF and Windows Firewall ON) and yet somebody out there appears to be reading my files.

This is serious guys!

Or am I imagining it?

  Gongoozler 12:01 14 Dec 2004

Have you done a complete antivirus sweep of your computer recently?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:22 14 Dec 2004

Sounds like spyware of keystroke logger. Run antivirus and antispyware, Windows firewall is pretty crap install another and switch off windows firewall.

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  Mango Grummit 12:51 14 Dec 2004

What words are these?

  DannyOH 13:06 14 Dec 2004

I have Norton Antivirus (2003), Spybot and Adaware in use and all bang up to date.

Isn't Windows SP2 Firewall supposed to be a serious contender? Guess not.

Sweep my computer once a week--or more often when I get an itch.

I haven't been keeping a record of the words which show up in my spam subject lines. I've just deleted them along with the rest. You know the type of spam--it has a characteristically redundant subject line, usually with a word appearing completely out of context tacked on at the end (sometimes after a hyphen). The last one, however, was "candour"--not your most common word. (Note the British spelling. Since ninety percent of spam comes from the US, this only adds to my suspicions.)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:09 14 Dec 2004

Windows FW only blocks incoming ZA will also block outgoing until you set permission, This stops spyware from sending back to originators.

  DannyOH 13:11 14 Dec 2004

Further to my last:

It makes it redundant, don't you think, if, having a fast computer, so much of what would otherwise be fully available computing power is swallowed up by having to run so much of what might best be called "defence-ware"? It odesn't half Piss me off!

  DannyOH 13:14 14 Dec 2004

Outgoing? Ahhh!

Another thing my mother never told me!
Zone Alarm it is.

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