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jmlworld
Hi guys,

I wonder why there's no email help forums in Frihost. I have a problem guys. My email is attacked by some professional spammer. Even I changed the e-mail but the hack is still present. When I sign in my email I meet at least 10 - 15 "Delivery failure notifications" from Postmaster.

When I open that message I meet strange recipient emails in the message, and an online pharmacy advertisements. Damn.

How can I overcome this problem guys? I changed my password and the problem seems to be another spam trick.

Please give me your advises...
Vrythramax
It doesn't sound as if your account was hacked, but more like someone got your email and header info and is trying to use your account to send spam mail out through your account. You can modify your email settings to trash an unknown mail automatically, or mail coming in for unknown recipients also.

You can also use the header info from those bounced emails to filter out the source to stop them from trying to use your account without your permission. Changing your password won't help unless someone is accessing (collecting) your email by using your password.

Max
jmlworld
@Vrythramax,

Thanks for yuor replay. I don't care incoming spam messages since my mail filter eats most of them, however the weird thing is that the outgoing messages. A spammer sends loads of messages out of my email using some technique and by the way I cannot see the mail headers since I switched to Windows Live. I think Microsoft was totally removed E-mail headers display from Windows Live.

Where can I customize e-mail headers in Windows live?
darkeagle
I think your pc have some programs what can use your mail after you sign. Scan your pc for virüs, trojan and awares then change your password if you are sure that your computer is safe.
Arseniy
The best variant is to change your email provider. Use GMail or something more reliable than Hotmail. Every hacker knows how to get your Hotmail box password.
And GMail is really better. Spam filters there are just amazing. And it is very hard to hack GMail box.
jmlworld
Thanks for everyone replayed to this thread. I was making email experiments since I posted this thread on here. Firts I thought someone is using my email address on another mailserver (e.g SMTP).

But, I tested that method myself. I created a PHP/HTML form and chose my email as the "Sender", then I used another SMTP rather than Hotmail's HTTP. Next, I opened my real Windows Live account and checked the sent folder, but there were no messeges sent outsite the Hotmail by me. In surprise I only saw emails sent by unknown senders to unknown receipents advertising online casinos and pharmacies.

Arseniy wrote:
The best variant is to change your email provider. Use GMail or something more reliable than Hotmail. Every hacker knows how to get your Hotmail box password.
And GMail is really better. Spam filters there are just amazing. And it is very hard to hack GMail box.


As you suggested, I could change my email provider, but I cannot do that since I was using my Hotmail based email since 2000.

darkeagle wrote:
I think your pc have some programs what can use your mail after you sign. Scan your pc for virüs, trojan and awares then change your password if you are sure that your computer is safe.


Of course, thats what I've done yesterday, as I was suspecious of some malware present in my computer. I've scanned my whole PC and changed my password.

I used my main email address and password on several websites claiming to be social networking (to send invitations to my contacts). It may be because, some of them were spam bots.
darkeagle
Is your problem solved?
jmlworld
darkeagle wrote:
Is your problem solved?

I'm not sure, but I'm waiting my changes to take some time. I need at least one week to see another spam attack and if I see nothing I'll post an update replay in this thread.
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