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Old 04-29-2009, 12:18 PM   #1
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My hotmail account is sending out spam to everyone in my address book.

I wasn't sure what to do, so for now I just deleted by contact list.

Can someone help me figure out why my hotmail account is doing this?
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:18 PM   #2
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It's possible the machine is infected, but also possible the address has been harvested and is being spoofed, or that the account has been hacked in which case...followup with Windows Live help is recommended.

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Old 04-30-2009, 04:07 PM   #3
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I had the same problem.

Make sure you use Internet Explorer when editing your Hotmail because Firefox and the others, presumable, will not be able to get.
They say there is a temporary problem but it would be the browser conflict/Microsoft trying to take over the world issue.

Now, I had my vacation reply on apparantly for a product and website I had no idea what it was.
Look there. My contact list was also deleted.
I got gmail but still use my hotmail account.
Make sure you change your password. My password was very dumb as it was 6 plain lower cased letters. Now its huge!!!!
Try doing that. After that, ask a friend if he/she would mind being on your contact list.
See if she gets spam after a while.

Good luck getting out of your mess and hope this helped!!!

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You may want to run an open port scan and close all ports not needed. Often remote computers can hack and control your computer through open ports.
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How do you chck your open ports?
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