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    A friend staying with me over Christmas used an emailed link to pick up an Xmas card supposedly from a sender known to her. However, it did not seem possible to access any card on the site, and a few days later my copy of ZoneAlarm Security Suite 6.5 detected and eliminated a virus. Since then I've had around 20 Delivery Status Notification (Failure) emails a day, relating to stocks being pushed, etc, and indicating spam/bulk emails are still being sent from my computer. The avalanche does not seem to be abating much. Is there some other effective means of finding out whether there is still some form of malware on my computer?

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    Re: Malware

    A two-way firewall such as Zone Alarm should prevent spam from being sent out from your computer. Check your firewall settings, and check the activity of your modem / router.

    I suspect that by following the link, your e-mail address has been hijacked, i.e. spam e-mails are being sent from another computer with your e-mail address as sender. There is not much you can do about that. You might inspect the internet headers (open a message and select View | Options); the real sender is probably abroad.

    Apart from that, make sure that your ZA is fully updated, and that it scans your computer regularly.

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    Re: Malware

    Thanks very much for your detailed reply, Hans. Looks like I might be stuck with the situation.

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    Re: Malware

    Just goes to confirm that most "greeting card" web sites are a big danger, doesn't it Nick? Even though the sender was known to her, the "vehicle" carried a bad payload. So far, the only greeting card place I trust is a subscription service that has been mentioned here in The Lounge: Cards by Jacquie Lawson. Hmmm, mine is about to expire. (Prices for a year are US Dollars $8.00 and UK Pounds Sterling

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    It sure does. The problem is that, although I was aware of this dodge in theory, if you let anyone else use your computer you never know what they might let you in for. I have myself received Jaquie Lawson cards - it looks like it's pay the sub or back to cardboard;-)

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    Re: Malware

    Al,
    I've used Hallmark.com for some time now with good results.

    Trustworthy ecards at HALLMARK

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    Re: Malware

    Hmmm, that's a surprise, Bob. I haven't used 'em for a couple of years now, but Hallmark was one that I had trouble with generating a LOT of spam. No viruses, just lots of spam. Maybe mine was a one-shot deal, I dunno.

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    Re: Malware

    Al,
    Your response to me was surprising also.
    Were you able to track the Spam directly back to Hallmark?
    So far as I know there weren't any Spam problems from the site but maybe I missed them?
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    Re: Malware

    No, I never tried tracking it, as I usually don't bother. I had setup a "throw away" email address at my domain (xxxxx@alhoffman.org) as I normally do for new areas on the web I venture into. A few days after I sent someone a card, the "junk" started arriving at that email, I know not why. I deleted the address and haven't been back to Hallmark ever since. I think I'll do it again and see what happens.

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    Re: Malware

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    Re: Malware

    Try some additional scanners, such as Windows Defender from Microsoft and HouseCall from Trend Micro. What you want to make sure of is that you don't have any botnet software that allows third parties to take over your computer for spamming.

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    Re: Malware

    Thanks - certainly worth a go.

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    Re: Malware

    You might want to take a look at the Webroot site and run their <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> online scan. Spysweeper is rated at or near the top in all the latest malware detection reviews.
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    Thanks for the link, Doc. I had read that Websweeper gets top ratings. Should certainly have a good change of finding out whether there is any botnet software on my PC at any rate.

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    Trial scan does indeed look impressive. I'm tempted, especially as sealed retail version available on eBay at about

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