My computer sends strange emails

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  1. petermcwerner

    petermcwerner Registered Member

    Mar 24, 2004
    I suspect am infected by a virus or worm that is not found by McAfee Viruscan, stinger and ad-aware.

    McAfee with DAT file : 4.0.4341 (March 22)
    OS: XP Professional
    Email program : Outlook XP
    Running in background : Ad-aware 6.0 professional, Zone Alarm Pro, McAfee Security Center
    Computer : Medion Portable, P3 1 GB, 256K RAM, 9 GB HDD

    Since yesterday, every time I start Outlook, it starts sending emails, 10 at a time with the subject: "Not read:" + the subject of an email stored in a folder and no (=empty) message body

    These emails are not to be found in the "Outbox" or in "Sent Items"
    (some of them reach another email address of mine)

    McAfee Security center becomes disabled (icon on lower right of screen black instead of red) and I cannot enable it manually (Viruscan says it is enabled).

    For the time being I am using webmail in order not to distribute a virus (spam,worm ?) through Outlook

    Any idea?
  2. dvk01

    dvk01 Global Moderator

    Oct 9, 2003
    Loughton, Essex. UK
    Run an online antivirus check from at least one and preferably 2 of the following sites

    then if they all don't find anything
    go to and download 'Hijack This!'.
    make sure it is placed into it's own folder, not a temporary folder. Then doubleclick the Hijackthis.exe.
    Click the "Scan" button, when the scan is finished the scan button will become "Save Log" click that and save the log.
    Go to where you saved the log and click on "Edit > Select All" then click on "Edit > Copy" then Paste the log back here in a reply.
    It will possibly show issues deserving our attention, but most of what it lists will be harmless or even required,
    so do NOT fix anything yet.
    Someone here will be happy to help you analyze the results.
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