Topic: Capital letter first sentence of a research
June 16, 2019 / By Gertrude Question:
my yahoo email acct. keeps emailing people in my contacts automatically. its sending them links to all kinds of cheap items...when they click on it its another virus. i have scanned my computer and it shows no virus. what can i do to stop this?
Demetria | 7 days ago
(Sorry it's a long answer, but it's complicated question/solution.I've done much reading and much research for it.)
This problem is a common one on Answers, several times each day for months for both Yahoo and Hotmail accounts.. Either your mail was infected by malware (a trojan, not a virus) or spoofed by spammers, or your address was found in someone else's infected computer. The results are the same: that address will need to be changed. This new trojan or worm malware can infect computers and get the address book simply by opening the mail - no click is necessary, so it spreads fast! (It is usually a small message, with a link and often no subject line.There's even one that is from 'Mailer Daemon'.) The latest is a "Linked-in' one that steals banking info - the FBI has just charged 37 in the US! Many anti-virus programs lack a strong enough anti-malware component to even catch it!
You might be able to avoid opening a new account, but only if you change all the other alternate accounts (Hackers would receive notice of password changes otherwise.) Wait a few days to see if the other changes are effective in stopping the spam.
- First, check your sent box to be sure these were not being sent from your account as a 'zombie' spambot machine.
- Second, open your profile to be sure your password and secret questions & answers and alternate mails remain the same.
- Third, this could be a malware attack so do a scan in Safe Mode (Malwarebytes is best). Then delete all System Restore Points before re-booting into normal mode.
- Fourth, change all your information to more secure and unusual ones. password,secret questions and answers, alternate addresses.
- Fifth, read the references below for the best explanations I've ever seen.
- Sixth, set up a new account and new alternate accounts. Do not close the old ones until all information is transferred. Import the Contacts list, and forward important saved mails too.
https://edit.yahoo.com/registration?.int… (new address)
http://edit.yahoo..com/config/list_alias… (alternate address)
- Last, contact everyone with your new address, including your name and 'new address' in the Subject line, as well as an apology to them. Urge ALL of them to use BCC: and delete all addresses when forwarding mail too! Warn them not to click ANY links or even open mail from the old address. (Some malware can infect computers just by opening the mail.)
Changing your password is NOT sufficient, even though that is Yahoo's advice! AFTER a complete malware scan, change to a very strong password (letters, capitals, punctuation, numbers, symbols - the longer the better.) Start with a sentence, and make substitutions. Be sure the result is one you can remember. Change your 'Secret' Questions and Answers too, to ones that nobody could guess. Yahoo even allows you to invent your own questions. Change and add all-new alternate e-mail addresses too.
This is extraordinarily common these days. You may still have a virus that your scanner does not find. Also possible you answered a phishing email and gave out your password. Changing the password will help only after you find the virus.
I've been asking around about this. It is also possible that someone else got the virus. Then this bad guy takes that person's contacts and uses them to send out emails as if they come from each contact's address. Nothing you can do with that.
If your account is Yahoo you should report this to Yahoo by filling this form
Originally Answered: Virus Evolution?
debate of virus being a live or not...
Argument continues over whether viruses are truly alive. According to the United States Code, they are considered micro-organisms in the sense of biological weaponry and malicious use. Scientists however are divided. They have no trouble classifying a horse as living, but things become complicated as they look at simple viruses, viroids and prions. Viruses resemble life in that they possess nucleic acid and can respond to their environment in a limited fashion. They can also reproduce by creating multiple copies of themselves through simple self-assembly.
Viruses do not have a cell structure, regarded as the basic unit of life. They are also absent from the fossil record, making phylogenic relationships difficult to determine. Additionally, although they reproduce, they do not metabolise on their own and therefore require a host cell to replicate and synthesise new products. However, bacterial species such as Rickettsia and Chlamydia, while living organisms, are also unable to reproduce outside of a host cell.
An argument can be made that all accepted forms of life use cell division to reproduce, whereas all viruses spontaneously assemble within cells. The comparison is drawn between viral self-assembly and the autonomous growth of non-living crystals. Virus self-assembly within host cells also has implications for the study of the origin of life, as it lends credence to the hypothesis that life could have started as self-assembling organic molecules.
If viruses are considered alive, then the criteria specifying life will have been permanently changed, leading scientists to question what the basic prerequisite of life is. If they are considered living then the prospect of creating artificial life is enhanced, or at least the standards required to call something artificially alive are reduced. If viruses were said to be alive, the question could follow of whether other even smaller infectious particles, such as viroids and prions, would next be considered forms of life.