I do not wish to get any more spam e-mails from hubbers, so please don't send me links and stuff. Thanks.
Are you referring to hubpages sending out updates or to specific emails from particular hubbers?
To stop both you can go to your profile and click "Edit Profile." You can turn off notifications from hubpages, and you can also turn off the ability for other hubbers to contact you.
Has this been a particular problem today? I ask because some email virus has emailed all my contacts today (just trying to sort it out now). A few on my contacts list are hubbers, so it's possible that the virus is doing the rounds.
I received such a mail from another Hubber - it looks like it went out to their entire contact list. The link was for a health shop or something.
Me too Sufidreamer and it sounds like the same spam. I've been getting them for the past three days. Always the same link!
I didn't open the email but the subject line was just "RE: "
It's a nasty virus - I think it's backdoor.bot which does several horrible things including collecting the info you type, so that it can discover your passwords, banks details etc.
From what I'm reading it can be hard to get rid of too. Do a scan!
sheesh!! Im really glad I didnt get this message. yikes.
Just because somebody says they got spam/virus email from you does NOT mean the email actually came from your machine. It just as easily could have come from anyone who has your email in THEIR address book.
I can send email right now that appears to come from any person at all. Any virus program can do the same thing and they often do exactly that
Of course you should check your machine. I recommend Microsoft's free Security Essentials right now (but if you are reading this much after August 2010 I could very well be recommending something else).
Another clue is to have the person who received the email send you the header information. That will often show the clues that would tend to exonerate your machine.
(Every email client has some option like "Show Original" or Show Headers" that will show you everything.)
For example, it is quite common nowadays for your ISP to not allow outgoing mail to go out through anything but their SMTP server (that's what you have set as your "Outgoing SMTP Server" in mail).
If the last line of the "Received" headers said "Received: from [127.0.0.1] by dazzler.dsl.net" and you connect through some other isp (not dazzler.net) that requires use of their servers, that email absolutely did not come from you.
I appreciate the reply pcunix though that's all a bit technical for me All I know is that an email went out from my hotmail account to all my contacts and when I did a scan with malwarebytes there were several infections to take care of.
I understand what you are saying though, it wouldn't necessarily be a virus in my PC that sent the email, but something remote.
Just a FYI:
I and other people I know have seen Microsoft Security Essentials find things that Malware Bytes did not.
I'll give it a try and see if it does pick up any more sh*t
How on earth, PCunix? One would think you are running something unix-based.
Ha ha I know what you mean, but I'm not talking about that one.
No, it's not Hubpages sending, but individual hubbers that have my email address.
And I too got a virus alert and several other spam mails from hubbers today. Not via Hubpages.
I will get in touch with the Hubber in question later and give a heads up, if someone hasn't already.
Have to shut the laptop down for a while now as the heat is affecting it
Haunty: That sounds like the one - it seems to be a virus that is sending itself to everybody in the Hubber's contact list. I will send you a PM through Hubpages now, because I have a feeling that it will derive from the same source. Anyway, must give the laptop a break
Sufi, I'm having the same problem here. Yesterday I moved the freestanding room fan right over so that it is pointing at the air outlet point on the laptop and its not overheated since (the rest of us have though!)
Oh and the laptop is on a flat surface with its four 'feet' sitting on top of this little disposable Danone glass jars for air circulaton.
The Danone lids is a great idea! I have been using books.
I am housesitting for a friend on the coast, but it is very hot and very humidn down here - my laptop is used to the cooler, mountain air. I tried the freestanding fan and a desk fan, but to no avail - it still struggled. I may have to start working through the night until the heatwave passes
@Daniel: I suspect that the Hubber involved knows nothing about it - it is probably some software sitting on the computer. I am just about to contact the Hubber concerned, although I am not techie enough to know what to do outside a virus and spyware scan.
Ahhh. The plot thickens. It's just sinister the way we become a toy to spammers and scammers. Glad you saw that, I would only have suspected it was the hubber. But I suppose I should have seen that having my email pirated a year and a half ago, and then talking with the FBI about the whole thing. My ears are still ringing from all that. My friend was scammed out of $2000, and learned a lot of hard lessons. But that hub is my most viewed hub of all.
Since the emails are coming from specific hubbers, can't they be reported to hubpages?
Perhaps an example will make the above post more clear.
I use Verizon. Verizon will not allow mail to be sent out from my machine unless it goes through "outgoing.verizon.net"
If you got an email supposedly from me it would HAVE to show outgoing.verizon.net in the headers or it could not have come from my machine.
(Though I usually use Gmail, so anything you got would most normally show that it went through one of their servers first. )
I have received the same email three times from one hubber.
I do not believe this hubber would send out spam. What I thought was that the hubber had signed up to a site to make money.
I figured when they signed up the site asked access to the hubber's email account to send out a notice to their friends. Thus the several notices. I just deleted them.
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