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Receiving virus in emails

  zoobie 04:50 23 Oct 2008

Hi -
I'm getting viruses emailed to me every week from someone obviously disgruntled about something. My AVG anti-virus program removes the hidden .exe and puts it into the virus vault. The vault has 14 such viruses in it. Is there a way to actually find out who's send these to me? Also, when using Outlook Express, you're basically forced to open the email even though I can see it's spam. Fortunately, the virus has been removed by AVG by then.


  eedcam 05:42 23 Oct 2008

Why are you forced to open the email you only get that if you are using the preview pane which is unwise

  zoobie 07:54 23 Oct 2008

I think Mailwasher is only good for 1 account...I've 6
I'll try not using the preview pane
How about finding out who's sending it?
Thanks again

  zoobie 21:26 23 Oct 2008

Thanks all
Is there a way to find who's send these? I'm sure the header has probably been faked...I'm guessing no because it would have been mentioned by now.
Thanks again

  zoobie 00:13 24 Oct 2008

I useed that IPNetinfo. It says success but points to a legit cable company in Minnisota, USA complete with some guys name and email.
How do I know this is correct and not a wild goose chase?

  zoobie 00:58 24 Oct 2008

I read the forged headers page you posted. My take is that they use a misconfigured server when doing this. Seems like a dead end. I wonder if I should contact the legit cable company and tell them someone's using their server to distribute viruses.

  zoobie 09:53 24 Oct 2008

Is there anything else I can do to determine who is sending virus emails?

  Stuartli 11:17 24 Oct 2008

The critical point about Outlook Express is to PERMANENTLY disable the Preview Pane, otherwise just clicking on an e-mail may/can release any nasties.

If you use Avast! or similar AV it will spot e-mails containing viruses or Trojans instantly and allow you to take appropriate action.

Any other suspicious e-mails can be opened in OE by highlighting each line>right click>Properties>and using the General and Message tabs to find out the contents.

To exit use OK and then, if necessary, delete them using the Toolbar Delete button whilst still highlighted - Delete again from the Deleted Items folder if you wish to be sure.

  zoobie 20:19 24 Oct 2008

Yes, I've disabled the preview pane. I got another today. I was able to right-click and go to properties>view source and actually read the email without opening it. However, this time, it was some regular spam. AVG had already scanned it and found nothing suspicious. But the method is good to know I can actually read email without opening it.
Thanks all

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