Is someone sending Win viruses to me?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Blue Velvet, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Over the past couple of months, I've been getting 'returned' mail from various sources, except I never sent the mail in the first place.

    They always have an attachment.
    Some of the attachment names are called things like:

    • barbican_6357.EML.pif
    • im_shocked_1251.DOC.scr

    and are usually 55 kb or so...
    Of course, these messages are trashed immediately.

    Here's a recent example:

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    This mail was generated automatically.
    More info about --BARBICAN-- under: http://www.barbican.org.uk

    -------
    Occured_Errors:

    44.51.46.57_failed_after_I_sent_the_message.
    % 518: Remote_host_said:_delivery_error
    % 447: Giving_up_on_44.51.46.57.
    % 434: This_account_has_been_discontinued_[#487].

    End
    -------

    The full mail is attached.

    Auto_Mail.System: [barbican]

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    Any clues?

    :confused: :(
     
  2. Mertzen macrumors 6502

    Mertzen

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    yup .. those have a 99% chance of being a virus. Don't be believe the returned or the non complete messages. Delete asap.
     
  3. rogerw macrumors 6502

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    yeah, ive been getting a few of these for the last 4 months. On a couple of email accounts but not.mac though. Attatchments mainly zips. I had a message from macunlimited.net saying my computer (i book) is being used as a proxy server sending out tons of spam. cant see how though and nothing shows up on virex-all clear.
     
  4. Blue Velvet thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Could the same thing happen to me?
    I'm still on dial-up :eek: and get a dynamic (?) IP address, I think... any way of making sure?

    I'm a bit vague on this side of computers, I'm afraid... so be gentle :)
     
  5. jsw Moderator emeritus

    jsw

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    If you're on dial-up and using a Mac, it is exceedingly unlikely that you're sending spam. Often, the "returned" messages are themselves spam, or your IP and/or email account name is being used on forged messages that you never actually sent.
     
  6. rogerw macrumors 6502

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    except that this is not happening. Its just another version of a virus email with an attatchment (again exe/zip etc). These are web based email accounts that i get these on (hotmail etc). What email accounts are you getting these from (hotmail?) Just delete them.
     
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  8. jsw Moderator emeritus

    jsw

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    Your ISP might be filtering out viruses for you - stripping them from the mail.
     
  9. Blue Velvet thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Thanks guys.

    I can rest a little easier knowing that at least I'm not responsible for nasssty spam...
     
  10. James Craner macrumors 68000

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    A similar problem happened to me, I use BT internet, and I was quite upset when it first started to happen, so I phoned the support line. Of course I got through to someone who did not understand that Mac's don't get infected. After several attempts to explain that it could not have come from my computer, he then stated that it could have gone through the webmail system that BT use. At that stage BT did not require passwords to send e-mails to their mail server. They now do and I have not seen an bounced virus e-mail from my account since.
     

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