Random Mail Clients Showing Up for Set Up

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  1. mac.fanatic macrumors 6502

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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?
     
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  3. mac.fanatic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have been running 10.8 since day one and today is the first day I saw it. I closed system references and went back again and all those mail clients disappeared. What is this?
     
  4. Nermal, Aug 26, 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 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 :)
     
  5. mac.fanatic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah I was sitting at the same spot when I posted the thread. What could cause this?
     
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    Sorry, in that case I don't know.
     
  7. mac.fanatic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Should I be concerned about this? Could it be a virus or spamware of some sort?
     
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    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.
     
  9. HenryAZ macrumors 6502

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    163.com and 126.com are two major Chinese email domains.
     
  10. mac.fanatic thread starter macrumors 6502

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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.
     
  11. HenryAZ macrumors 6502

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    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.
     

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