Where is this spam coming from?

  Pappyon 17:17 22 Jan 2003
  Pappyon 17:17 22 Jan 2003

My sister has started getting the usual spam and even porn spam.
She has never posted to a newsgroup. In fact she hasn't even downloaded any newsgroups. She wouldn't know what to do. She is completely PC- illiterate. It takes her all her time to access Outlook Express. She could never learn how to use Mailwasher for example.
Is it possible this spam is coming from her Hotmail account, and if so is it just a case of deleting this account to stop the spam?
She used MSN Messenger at one point, which was set up for her by her daughter. Could this have anything to do with it. I am not familiar with the workings of this program at all!

Grateful for any help on this.

  Lú-tzé 17:21 22 Jan 2003

Most likely coming from Hotmail - tell Outlook Express not to access hotmail. She can then go into Hotmail via the web and delete it there.

  MartinT-B 17:29 22 Jan 2003

The perennial Spam problem :(

Have you/she added her Hotmail account to outlook express? If so, it may be be Hotmail mail. Crank up her Hotmail filter to the max (only accept emails from people in address book) or 2nd tier (automatically junk anything that looks like it could be spam). She'll still get some with option 2 - even porn - but it won't be as much.

There is a program I've seen recently that can 'bounce' spam making it look like a dead account. It's not automatic though, and I'd have to search for it. I THINK it was an article in one of my many PC mags :(

If you have added her Hotmail to Outlook Express, delete it. She will have to check the account regularly for a while, until she tells all her friends her new account, but that will stop the Spam.

  hoverman 17:47 22 Jan 2003

Mailwasher is a doddle to understand. If your sister can use a computer she will have no problem with Mailwasher. I have my doubts if Mailwasher does actually bounce unwanted e-mails as I often receive the same ones time after time, despite so called "bouncing". The reason I use Mailwasher is that I can easily identify spam e-mails by just downloading the headers and can then delete them directly at the server end. No graphics/pictures are downloaded even even you opt to view the body text. Another bonus is that Mailwasher will alert you to a possible virus if an .exe file is attached which has happened to me recently.

  Pappyon 17:51 22 Jan 2003

The trouble here is she has lost her hotmail password and cannot even remember her secret question which would allow her to get a new password.

I can verify that her Hotmail account had indeed been added to Outlook Express.

I am quite happy to learn that deleting this account from OE, (which I did for her today) will stop the spam.
She won't be concerned about losing her Hotmail account, as she gets very few emails anyway.
I will tell her to let her grand children know to send any emails to her blueyonder account.

I thank you good people for putting my mind at rest. Had she seen any of the porn email it would have put her off using the internet, which would have been a pity as it keeps her mind active. She is 73.

  Foolsbane_1 17:55 22 Jan 2003


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  MartinT-B 18:02 22 Jan 2003

TY Foolsbane :)

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