How Email Worms Work
(Windows All Versions)

Many of the new viruses/worms send emails to everyone in the infected persons address book and pick a name at random to put in the "from" field. This makes it nearly impossible to tell where it came from. When you get an email such as you describe it just means your address is in someone's address book (or other source on their computer) who has a virus or worm. When you get these, just delete them. Just for your reference, viruses/worms also pick up email addresses from other sources on the infected person's computer including text files, email files, saved Web pages, Word documents, etc. There really isn't much you can do to stop someone with your email address in a file on their computer from using your address in the "from" field since they are not aware of even sending the email.

The other ways your address could end up as a "from" address on such emails is if your email address is appearing on any Guest Books, Web Message Boards, or Web pages. Our Cloudeight Guest Book protects your email address but others might not.  Be cautious where you use your address. Get a more or less disposable free email address from Yahoo or Hotmail and use that any time you need to enter your address on the Web. However, when you're ordering online, we suggest that you use your real address. Almost all online stores are on secure servers where your email address is kept hidden from Web robots and address harvesters. Using your real email address ensures the best and fastest service.

You're doing the right thing by using AVAST and keeping it updated frequently. Keep your Windows updated too. You can check for updates anytime at http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ . It is also good advice to verify your system is virus-free by going to http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ and use the free online virus scan just to double-check that all is as it should be on your system.


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