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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:57 AM

My email's been hacked/hijacked and it's sending spam to....

.... everyone on my contact list.

In MY NAME.


What to do?

Anyone?

It's a MacBook Pro. Yahoo email.

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Reply My email's been hacked/hijacked and it's sending spam to.... (Original post)
Smarmie Doofus Nov 2012 OP
barbtries Nov 2012 #1
Coyotl Nov 2012 #2
bluedave Nov 2012 #3
sir pball Nov 2012 #4
cbayer Nov 2012 #5
Lydia Leftcoast Nov 2012 #6
Smarmie Doofus Nov 2012 #7
RoccoR5955 Nov 2012 #8
robinlynne Nov 2012 #9
McCIoud Dec 2012 #10

Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:04 AM

1. change your password.

for starters. that may fix it.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:23 AM

2. Yes, first change the password. Then try to figure out where the sender is located.

Is it your computer with a malware? Go to the sent folder and view a full header to determine the IP address of the sender. Compare it to ones you know you sent.

If the problem resides on your drive, scan the drive for the malware. Try Sophos anti-virus = savosx_80_he.dmg.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:50 AM

3. happened to me too

Yahoo had the problem-change pass and make sure U sign out and exit after each use.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:27 AM

4. Change your password, then

Change your email provider. Yahoo has a horrid security record; my Yahoo account has sent more spam than even my Hotmail account and that's saying something.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:35 AM

5. This happened to my step-mother on Monday. She is also working

from a Mac and was using a Verizon account.

I openend it, the link and responded but it did not happen to me. I am using Sophos anti-virus, but I don't know if that helped me or not.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:46 AM

6. Change your password and get a new e-mail provider

I use Yahoo as a "throwaway address" for ordering stuff online and so forth, and my real e-mail comes to my GMail address.

I was using the e-mail address provided by Comcast, but its spam filter was over-enthusiastic. It bounced legitimate e-mails from my clients without telling me or sending them to the Spam folder. I gradually transferred my personal and business e-mail to GMail. The Comcast address is still active (it's part of the deal for getting cable Internet), but I check it only once a day, just in case someone didn't get the word about the change or forgets.

GMail seems to have an appropriate spam filter (a legitimate message ends up in Spam about once every two or three months).

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 04:34 AM

7. I changed the password.

So far it seems to be working.

Thanks, Mackies.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 04:22 PM

8. If you need a link to Sophos Anti-Virus

Here it is: http://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-antivirus-for-mac-home-edition.aspx

Also make sure that your system is updated, along with flash, and your web browser (Safari, Firefox, Chrome, etc.)
And if you have (ugh) Microsoft Office, you had better do their updates as well.

Other than that, there are some good tips here.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 08:50 PM

9. happened to me too. hacker in china. Had to set up a new emila account, and get rid of the old one.

I added one number, to make the transition easy for everyone.

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Response to Smarmie Doofus (Original post)

Sun Dec 30, 2012, 09:31 AM

10. +1

 

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