Random Mail Clients Showing Up for Set Up

mac.fanatic

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I was going through the system preferences on my mac and when clicked on Mail, Contacts, & Calendars, I saw that some foreign language mail clients showed up that I could set up. They look either Chinese, Korean, Japanese, or Vietnamese.

Here are the clients:

mail.163.com
www.126.com
mail.qq.com
weibo.com
youku
tudou.com

Before, the only options I had as mail clients were:

iCloud
Microsoft Exchange
Gmail
Yahoo!
AOL
Twitter
Vimeo
Flikr

Where did those extra mail clients come from? Is this a virus?
 

Nermal

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Were you in the same physical location at the time? I've had an issue in the past where my computer has seen a Wi-Fi point which was configured for Beijing, and OS X dutifully changed my clock to match!

I had something similar on an Android phone where I got too close to a Japanese access point and the street names in Navigation all changed to katakana :)
 
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mac.fanatic

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Jul 19, 2012
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Were you in the same physical location at the time? I've had an issue in the past where my computer has seen an Wi-Fi point which was configured for Beijing, and OS X dutifully changed my clock to match!

I had something similar on an Android phone where I got too close to a Japanese access point and the street names in Navigation all changed to katakana :)
Yeah I was sitting at the same spot when I posted the thread. What could cause this?
 

Nermal

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Should I be concerned about this? Could it be a virus or spamware of some sort?
I wouldn't worry too much; they're still part of OS X and it just looks like the location detection messed up. It's more likely to be a bug than any sort of malware.
 

HenryAZ

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Why would those domains show up on my machine then go away after a few minutes? That's what I'm curious about.
I'm not sure why they are going away. I don't have ML, so I don't see them at all. I know they are legitimate email domains whose admins are participating in the emerging DMARC specification for authenticating email senders (an anti-spam effort). Apple announced support for QQ Mail, 126 and 163 email clients as part of their "Features for China" in Mountain Lion, as Nermal already pointed out.