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    Eek email address hacked/ virus

    Having a few problems with my email address I have no idea how to fix it. Don't really know too much of the problem.

    A few of my contacts have told me they are getting cam requests & dodgy links sent to them from my email. They think the cam requests are from me my dad and other family members are on my hot mail contacts and the last thing I want to do is send a cheeky cam request to my dad

    Its my MSN hot mail account. Do I need to set up a whole new email or is there another way to get rid of the virus/bot or whatever it is. Oh and I use my phone to access my emails if that makes any difference

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    Just change the password that should be good enough.

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    Microsoft security scanner and change all passwords will limit any damage.

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    If you don't use Outlook or similar on a PC to access the Hotmail account, then it's less likely that there is a virus of any description at work here, as that would normally be on the PC itself. It's very easy for spammers to spoof email addresses, so that they look as if they are coming from another person, so could possibly be something as simple as that.

    Of course, the alternative is that sombody has somehow gained access to your Hotmail account somehow. To be honest though, I wouldn't go as far as setting up a new account just yet. I'd just change your password to something new, and very secure, and see how things go for a day or two.
    Last edited by puppet; 17th November 2012 at 14:45.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScotsDragon View Post
    Microsoft security scanner and change all passwords will limit any damage.
    Thanks probably another stupid question but will this work from a mobile?


    Thanks puppet I do access my emails from a laptop and desktop but mostly just from my phone

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    You'd need to run that on whatever laptop or PC you were using to access your account with.

    Note to self: Seriously need to think about changing my name on here, it was one of those "what on earth will I sign up to this place as" moments, lol!

    "It's a puuuuppettt"!

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    Bin your hotmail account Nic and get a Gmail one, then you can check Ip's accessing your account, if you think its compromised just change your password.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Das View Post
    Bin your hotmail account Nic and get a Gmail one, then you can check Ip's accessing your account, if you think its compromised just change your password.
    Thank you
    Think I'm going to have to do that. Didn't really want to but it looks like the easiest way. Have a gmail will stick to that

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    I had this problem with my old account. I don't think there's much you can do. I deleted all of my contacts so they wouldn't be harassed anymore, then I just deactivated my account and made a brand new one. Just have to be careful where you type your email address these days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicj View Post
    Thanks probably another stupid question but will this work from a mobile?
    You can get a virus scanner for your android phone(AVG Antivirus Mobile), just to be on the safe side.

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