Mail non-delivery notice Do I have a virus?

  [DELETED] 22:37 15 Oct 2003

I keep getting non delivery notifications for email messages I have not sent. The mail does not appear in my sent mail box.

I have been told that I must have a mail relay virus. However, when I run my anti virus software I come out cleen.

I have windows XP and my mail client is Outlook 2000.

Any suggestions?

  [DELETED] 22:43 15 Oct 2003

One of your contacts has a virus.

Just keep deleting the messages.

  Forum Editor 22:56 15 Oct 2003

could have a virus that's sending these messages. Modern computer viruses routinely fake sender's details, and even bounced messages.

Alternatively (and slightly less likely) your email address may have been 'spoofed'. This is where emails appear to come from you, and they are bounced back to you when they fail to be delivered (or when someone uses anti-spam software to bounce suspect messages).

There's not a lot you can do, apart from contacting anyone who may have your address in their contact book and asking them to run a virus check.

If you do that, be sure to word your message dilomatically, many people are irritated by the suggestion that they may inadvertantly be sending such junk out.

  [DELETED] 04:05 16 Oct 2003

Yes. You or some one that has you in your contacts is infected, or an e-mail spoof has taken place.

  [DELETED] 08:14 16 Oct 2003
  [DELETED] 10:19 16 Oct 2003

Thanks for the information and advice.


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