I seem to be sending mass emails with a virus link to everyone in my account, I have run bit defender and ms essentials and still happening, heeellllpppppppppppppppppp
Password changed, now sit and wait, thanks chaps
I doubt it will make a difference as it is probably not that your email account has been 'hacked', but that a virus on another person's computer is simply sending out emails with your address in the 'from' field.
Viewing full headers may show you where it has come from.
I was polite enough NOT to suggest that "Spanish Dave" is the kind of idiot who uses the same login and password for EVERYTHING, and then goes and signs up with some dodgy site using the SAME LOGIN and PASSWORD as for everything else. If he WAS that stupid (and there are millions of others out there who ARE that stupid) then calling what happens to his password "hacking" would be a of an exaggeration. "Harvesting" would be more accurate. There's a wave of it going on right now (well, according to the techie Newslestter "ZD NET" there is, anyways!)
FWIW, the suggestion that you can get infected by SENDING an email is plausible only to someone who knows VERY little about computers.
Well, in this instance it seems those 20 years don't count, which is usually the case when in help desk roles. MSR is correct. It is highly unlikely that the email account has been hacked into. As he says, a quick check of the headers will confirm that the emails have not been sent from his email account or machine.
A few years ago I had a similar thing where people were apparently receiving emails from me. I checked my logs and there was no unauthorised logins on the server and my server would not allow relays. On checking the headers, I found that the emails (or some) were coming from a server which would allow relaying. I informed the administrator and he stopped relaying on his server, but emails were still being sent apparently from my account. it did eventually stop. Nowadays most administrators stop relaying and have other defences, but as people probably know, it is not to hard to set up an smtp server on any machine, so it is difficult to stop it.