Security Corner – Do I Have a Virus?

Every now and then I get email rejection messages for emails that I never sent. Does this mean I have a virus? How can I stop this from happening?

You don’t have a virus. Somebody else does, and the program harvested your email address from their system.

Unfortunately there’s little you can do about the situation. Here’s how it works.

An email-based virus gets into somebody’s system and sends itself to everybody on the victim’s contact list. But instead of putting the victim’s address as the “from” address, the program randomly selects a different address for each email from his address book.

This way, when some of these messages are bounced, the rejection emails don’t all go back to the victim. And by random luck, one or more of them go to you.

Rest assured that the cause of the problem is not in your system.


About Brent Whitfield

Brent Whitfield is CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc., which provides IT Support in the Los Angeles area since 1993. DCG exists to help our clients choose, implement, and manage IT and cloud solutions that are cost effective and reliable. DCG's pro-active approach to IT is ideally suited for companies who depend on reliable IT infrastructure, but don't want to spend a lot of money to keep it that way. DCG was recognized among the Top 10 Fastest Growing MSPs in North America by MSP Mentor. Brent has been featured in Fast Company, CNBC, Network Computing, Reuters, and Yahoo Business.


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