Am I infected?

United States
August 8, 2007 8:22pm CST
I'm getting thousands and thousands of emails in my inbox. They come in waves. I've deleted at least 4000 of them today. Most are junk mail but some are duplicates of mail I got as long ago as last December. It's driving me nuts. I've done a virus scan but there is nothing reported as a virus. Now what I do.
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• United States
9 Aug 07
Wow, that's a lot of emails. I agree with the filter idea. I use Hotmail and Yahoo and they filter those types of mail into a spam folder. I like to look through them and see if there's anything I would like to read and then I delete them all at once with the "empty" button. Also, do you give your e-mail address out a lot? If so, you might want to check the sites that you visit.
• United States
10 Aug 07
Thanks. I have a spam filter, too. But only about half of those thousands got sent to my junk folder. Maybe there is a limit to how many it will hold. Anyway, it isn't doing it now. I think it may have been an IP glitch. Hope it is gone for good!
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 Aug 07
I do not think you are infected. Just keep deleting and get a filter. It is the way that the scammers work. I will answer your other question here why you get junky email dated month earlier. What happened was that either you had a web site and you put it on one of those hit exchanges, the kind where you want it to be on the top of the list for Geocities, and Tripod plus other sites. Unfortunately some of those listed were not exactly honest and they sold your name and address to scammers. Also when you wanted to get an e-magazine, before the rules that said they had to give you a choice of whether to give your email to a third party or not, they did. So much of the junk mail comes from these sources. You probably noticed you do not get your legal email, that is because the junk mail pushes ahead, unless you put your legal email addresses in your address book, but as soon as you finish reading and deleting them, the junk mail that could not get through now shows its ugly head and if you spent two days reading your legal mail, the junk mail that could not get through that is two days old, gets through, and prevents more legal mail from getting through. So keep on deleting the scammers and do not press the 'please delete if you no longer want to receive this email.' They are just trying to get your address.
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@LittleMel (14051)
• Canada
10 Aug 07
4000 since December that's about the same amount I will have to delete if I didn't empty my bulk folder regularly. I did scan too and no virus but they found spyware which could be found in sites I visited, not emails.
• Canada
11 Aug 07
My hubby, the computer genious that he is suggests that you check for a Trojan Horse. Not all virus checkers will find Trojans. With the mass number of e-mails you are getting he says it sounds suspiciously like a Trojan Horse. For those who do not know a Trojan Horse is installed on your computer and gives access to whomever sent it total access to your computer, (There are other scenarios...but this is worst case.) He says the brute force way of getting around this is to change your e-mail address. Do not notify people of the change through your address book...but do it separately after you have changed the e-mail address. This is the easiest way to fix it...or talk to your internet service provider. He is surprised that your provider does not have better security measures. The other thing you can do is get a anti-spam program...off the internet or buy it. If none of this helps, he said to send me an e-mail and he will be happy to see if he can assist you. He does this for a living...but will be willing to help an on-line friend like you. Good luck with it...hope some of this helps.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
16 Feb 08
You may need to set up your bulk mail and just delete them as it fills. That'll at least keep it from getting mixed in with your normal mail. I found that I got alot more junk email with Yahoo then I do with Gmail. I now only use my Gmail accounts. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~