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    Spam from another computer.

    What do you call the process when Computer A uses Computer B and Computer B's ISP to send spam without the approval or knowledge of the owner of Computer B?
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    Re: Spam from another computer.

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    Re: Spam from another computer.

    If computer B is a mail server it is relaying. If computer B is a desktop it is more commonly hijack.

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    Re: Spam from another computer.

    Let's throw in "zombie" for good measure. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    But seriously, if Computer B is a regular user, not a mail server, Computer A would have had to install some kind of software on Computer B to cause it to do what Computer A wants. This could come as an e-mail attachment (trojan program) of through one of those infamous network exploits that attack Windows every now and then (assuming the firewall fails to block it). Under ordinary circumstances, Computer A cannot instruct Computer B to do its bidding, but if Computer B is Computer A's "zombie" then anything is possible. And I do mean anything.

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    Re: Spam from another computer.

    Could also be the term "Spoofed". When a infected machine will use a address from the "Address book" and send out email in it's behalf.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Spam from another computer.

    Making a long story short, my computer had the following problems.
    1. Delayed mouse action. The mouse pointer moved one or two seconds after I moved the mouse. Later the movements were the same.
    2. My idle time on AOL, which should have been several hundred minutes, was 121 or 71 minutes.
    3. I had undelivered E-mail. I hadn
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    Re: Spam from another computer.

    > I understand reinstalling Windows and/or reformatting the disk will not absolutely remove these hijacking programs.

    Partly correct - reformatting the hard disk will remove absolutely everything from it. You just have to make sure that you don't allow reinfection when you reinstall Windows!

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    Re: Spam from another computer.

    Some viruses are sent in messages that appear to be notice of non-delivery of email. Just because you receive such a notice, doesn't mean you or your computer sent anything. The effective antivirus protection stops those messages from delivering their payloads by quarantining the virus itself but still lets you see the message.
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