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#1 aljohnson2601

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Posted 27 May 2004 - 03:52 PM

Can spyware attach itself to outgoing e mails to infect other computers and if so, will Norton prevent this?

I recently sent an e mail and the recipeint claimed my e mail infected his computer with spyware. My outgoing e mails are scenned by norton. After this complaint I checked with ad aware and did in fact have spyware in my computer.

THanks, Al Johnson

#2 wawadave

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Posted 27 May 2004 - 08:18 PM

not to likely it was you. maY have got spyware elsewhere and your email arived about the same time.
what spyware did you have?
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#3 wilsmic85

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Posted 28 January 2005 - 10:27 PM

I just came across this earlier today. It has alot of information on spyware, so I thought I would post it here cause someone might find it useful and I wasn't sure what forum to post it in.

http://encyclopedia....ary.com/Spyware

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#4 Bobbi Flekman

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Posted 29 January 2005 - 04:56 AM

You could program spyware to attach itself to an email message. But it wouldn't be classified as spyware if it did. Spyware only gathers information and redirects you rather forcefully to other links than you had in mind.

When a program attaches itself to an email, it crossed the boundaries of virushood and will be classified as a virus.

Be wary though that a contact could email you a spyware program, just as they can send you something else.

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Posted 29 January 2005 - 05:49 AM

You could program spyware to attach itself to an email message. But it wouldn't be classified as spyware if it did. Spyware only gathers information and redirects you rather forcefully to other links than you had in mind.

When a program attaches itself to an email, it crossed the boundaries of virushood and will be classified as a virus.

Be wary though that a contact could email you a spyware program, just as they can send you something else.

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It would be a worm actually.

But it could drop other components that are spywareish in nature of course.
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