How do I stop my emails from being hijacked?

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Anitvirus
Corrupted email
Hacking
McAfee
Windows 7
Windows Vista
How do I stop my Email from being hijacked.  Right now, having already started from "scratch" because my laptop had viruses from some outside source, I have again had both my aol and yahoo accounts' email contact lists hijacked, whereby mails are being sent to dozens of my contacts and even myself, from outside sources.... usually phara companies and sex sites.  What can I do to stop this.... immediately, so that I do not become ostracized by my acquaintences who are themselves becoming irritated?  The blow listed site is just one of many that I continue to receive from.... just today.

http://lavilladellerose.it/44_7.html

Received: from webmail-m072 (webmail-m072.sim.aol.com [64.12.141.18]) by smtprly-mb02.mx.aol.com (v129.4) with ESMTP id MAILSMTPRLYMB024-5c664cad86312fd; <8CD3411A84C43BF-1EC8-6987@webmail-m072.sysops.aol.com> Return-Path: <KDSV9187@aol.com> Received: from imo-da01.mx.aol.com (imo-da01.mx.aol.com [205.188.169.199])     by imr-ma03.mx.aol.com (8.14.1/8.14.1) with ESMTP id o978Z5MH008815;     Thu, 7 Oct 2010 04:35:05 -0400 From: kdsv9187@aol.com Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"; format=flowed X-Mailer: AOL Webmail 32761-PHONE Received: from 58.9.79.40 by webmail-m072.sysops.aol.com (64.12.141.18) with HTTP (WebMailUI); Thu, 07 Oct 2010 04:34:57 -0400 Message-Id: <8CD3411A84C43BF-1EC8-6987@webmail-m072.sysops.aol.com> X-Spam-Flag:NO X-AOL-SENDER: KDSV9187@aol.com

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SUFFICE IT TO SAY I DID NOT SEND ANY OF THESE.  I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU WITH A POTENTIAL SOLUTION.



Software/Hardware used:
Microsoft Windows 2007 upgrade from vista. Office Windows 2007, McAfee
ASKED: October 7, 2010  3:25 PM
UPDATED: October 15, 2010  12:39 PM

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Email headers (especially the FROM address) are very easy to spoof.

If your contact lists were taken, there’s not really a lot you can do except notify your contacts about this issue. Be sure to change the passwords on any accounts that you suspect may have been compromised.

barry801 edit: Make sure you use hard to guess security questions as well, you may want to look at another antivirus as mcafee is somewhat lacking in the ability to detect everything right away, id recommend nod32 or even microsofts security essentials tool

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  • petkoa
    Moreover, if you have sent messages to multiple addresses on To: line or on CC: line it's even not necessary to get hacked/infected - any of the persons on your list gets hacked/infected, and the evil is done... Rely on a good anti-spam filter (and advice your friends too).
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  • Petetm
    If you're using Outlook, then you already have your answer. Outlook is just an extenstion of the petri dish that is Microsoft.
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  • Susiqbrit
    [...] How do I stop my emails from being hijacked? [...]
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  • Chippy088
    My Yahoo account was spoofed, it started with a friend sending a funny joke to all her address list. That list of addresses got added to each time a person used the forward option to pass the joke on. Users are not aware that the addresses could be received by a spammer, who then has a list of legitimate email addresses. No big deal in this case, as it was my private and personal account. However, it is of great importance to businesses, as direct business contact email addresses are not what we want to give the spammers to clone. As petkoa rightly says "if you have sent messages to multiple addresses on To: line or on CC: line it’s even not necessary to get hacked/infected - any of the persons on your list gets hacked/infected, and the evil is done…" I would like to be able to do away with the cc and bcc address options in email applications. I the message has to be addressed to only one person, less chance of feeding these people valid addresses.
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