I am getting numerous returned emails from postmasters. The to line says something like xyx then the rest of my email address. I have Ad Aware (which quarantined a Win32 Trojan downloader). Also have AVG and Mincrosoft Defender. I have downloaded the vcleaner from AVG but need to restart in safe mode, how do I do this? and how do I return the computer to automatic start? Also will I need to turn off Systems Restore
Don't panic - Do a scan to check but it is almost certain the messages are not being sent from your machine or by any virus activity on your machine. The way it works is your email address will have been picked up by the spammers from somewhere like a mailing list, or someone else's address book on an insecure machine. They then use your email address in the "from" details on their spam to try and make the message appear more realistic. It is known as spoofing and there is nothing much you can do about it. As the spammers use other peoples details you should find the problem gradually improves.