Security issues with e-mail?

Question

I periodically get return email messages saying something could not be deliverd because person is unknown. The problem is - I have never heard of the addressee nor did I send a message to that address. Is this indiccative of a virus lurking somewhere? I update my Norton Anti-virus, Internet Security and Firewall each time I sign on and I scan my computer for viruses about once a week. This returned email thing has happened three times now over a period of a couple of months.

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Answer

This question was answered on May 24, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

If you find that e-mail has been sent by anything or anyone other than you, there are a few answers to find out what's going on One of the possibilities is that a worm might be doing the e-mailing for you in mass If a virus scan shows that there are no viruses or woms in your computer, then it is suggested that you create a new account and get rid of the one that's currently held Someone might have gotten access to your computer whether it be remotely or otherwise.

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Posted by steve of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on May 24, 2004