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Old 02-10-2010, 03:05 PM   #1
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I have somehow acquired some type of virus on my emachine desktop computer (which runs Windows XP). It (apparently) gains access to my hotmail and aol mail accounts and sends out mass messages to a bunch of my contacts. The messages have no subjects but the emails themselves always contain just one single link, and this link changes each time the virus sends the email. One friend of mine told me that there were over 20 of these messages in her inbox at one time, over the span of only a few days. Some of the links it has sent are:

Removed suspicious live links.

(and these are just a few)
I have never opened any of the links it sends, so I do not know what they are, and I have never even heard of any of these sites.
I currently run Norton 360 and it tells me that everything is fine and that my computer is protected, but I know there must be another problem somewhere. Does anyone know what this is or how to get rid of it?
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Hello and Welcome.

It's possible that a spambot has simply harvested the email address from somewhere on the net and is using it. It's also possible the machine has an active infection.

FYI, while we appreciate you're trying to provide as much detail as you can, I've removed the suspicious links from your post.

We want all our members to perform the steps outlined in the link I'll give you below, before posting for assistance. There's a sticky at the top of this forum, and a
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