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Hacked Hotmail Account.....arrrrrgh!

post #1 of 8
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Ok, firstly, if any of you get an email from cgsball(at)hotmail.com about me selling something, please disregard it, I am not doing it, lol!

Secondly, has anyone had their hotmail account hacked into? This is the second time in a couple of months that an email from my account has been sent as a mass mailing to all of my contacts. I have since changed my password to something really tough, but what's the chances of it happening again...or do I just need to get a new email? This probably should be in the tech area, but I needed it here too, so that those who are on my email contact list can catch it without me sending them another email, lol !

Thanks guys!
post #2 of 8
Sounds more like a virus to me.
post #3 of 8
Have you visited any websites lately that you normally do not go to? Sometimes they will "attack" you computer and send stuff to everyone in your address book
post #4 of 8
First, if that is your email and you intend to ever use it again. Edit you post and at least take the @ out! (or if a mod could please do this?)

Second, scan your computer. If you have an antivirus program make sure it is up to date and if you're using Norton consider that it may be time to switch to something else.
There have been several threads here in the Tech Talk section suggesting antivirus and spy/adware removal programs if you want to check one of those.
post #5 of 8
Yep, sounds like you have a computer virus and it's spoofing your email.

Follow my instructions in this thread:

post #6 of 8
Originally Posted by Arlyn View Post
Sounds more like a virus to me.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
The only trouble with it actually being a virus is the fact that hotmail is a web based client, and there is no address book stored on my computer....none at all. Thats why my techie friend suspects a hacker.....either way is a pita! Thanks guys!
post #8 of 8
It doesn't really need an address book. A virus of whatever flavor could be communicating undetected with a database.

These days it takes a 3 step approach to really remove all the malicious junk out there. I regularly use McAfee provided through Comcast, Spybot S&D and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Malwarebytes is one of the most thorough programs I've ever found for the stuff regular virus software doesn't detect. You can download it from CNet. I don't go to any unusual or offbeat sites and I'm the only person that uses this computer, and I still managed to get that AntiVirus 2008/9 thing. Malwarebytes was the only program that would remove it, nothing else even saw it.
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