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My email account is sending out bogus emails to people on my contact list. How do I make it stop?

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Hi,
Probably your system is infected. Download and run Combofix (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/anti-virus/combofix), later install an antivirus like Avast (http://download.cnet.com/Avast-Free-Antivirus/3000-2239_4-10019223.html?tag=rb_content;main).
Good luck!

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Your probably have malware on your system. if you open your email on another system, I doubt it will happen. On your main system that you use your email on run a virus program and a spyware program and see what it comes up with. Its probably as easy as that.

Posted on Mar 21, 2011

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