Skip to comments.Vanity: FEDEX VIRUS: I CANT GET RID OF ONE
Posted on 02/12/2010 5:42:43 AM PST by RaceBannon
HELP! I AM LOGGED ON and I cant find the source of random e-mails that I am supposed to be sending. The message I keep getting is:
This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.
Delivery to the following recipients failed.
it is from email@example.com
whereis this virus? I cant even find this problem mentioned on the net
I DID get an e-mail about the failed delivery to my home but I DID NOT open the file that came with it
Sometimes it is best to just do a system recovery to a few days ago. Better than trying to root out a virus which can be a bear.
Check this out:
what system you using vista?
I would never trust Yahoo with anything!
Norton will haunt you forever even after ‘uninstalling’.
I trust AVG, and so far gmail to screen a lot of junk using filters.
I dont remember how long ago it started! :)
but that is one solution I found on the net, I would like to just remove the problem, not just confuse the software
but, I will keep recovery in mind. I dont have the other symptoms of the tracking virus, I didnt click on any zip file or open any executable file, I just opened the e-mail and deleted it!
I used to get similar. It looks like you’re sending email but...how do you know you are? Could be just some spam enticing you to click on a link. Phishing, I guess.
Someones spoofing your email address, after a few days these will usually stop as the spoofer moves on to another email address to use.
I am a FedEx employee. “pastmaster” sounds bogus. I will do a little research.
MS has ceased support of Windows Defender, they now have a product (as in 'free' product) called Microsoft Security Essentials. Where Defender started, Security Essentials takes off. Anti-virus, anti-malware, anti-Trojan .. all things in one FREE bundle.
running windows defender
AVAST anti-virus, did a complete system scan with that yesterday
How do you start that Windows Malicious Software tool thingy??
There ya go, see post #3. It’s bait. Don’t bite.
From the FedEx site:
Spoofed Web sites
Spoofed Web sites, like phishing e-mails, pretend to represent a reputable source, such as FedEx, when in reality they are operated by criminals attempting to commit theft. Spoofed Web sites are often used in conjunction with phishing e-mails. Spoof Web sites allow scammers to collect user-names, passwords, Social Security numbers, credit card details and more. Many spoofed sites even allow users to log in, giving them a false sense of security.
FedEx does not request, via unsolicited mail or e-mail, payment or personal information in return for goods in transit or in FedEx custody
If you have received a fraudulent e-mail that claims to be from FedEx, you can report it by forwarding it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If the fraudulent e-mail resulted in financial loss you should contact your banking institution immediately through the appropriate channels. In addition, consider contacting the IC3 or your state Attorney General’s office.
“Spybot search and destroy” (not freeware, but relatively cheap) should kill it, too.
If those fail, go to www.majorgeeek.com and for more help.
Get Avira free anti virus, get ccleaner (free) from www.cnet.com
Go to Norton’s page and follow their directions on how to uninstall Norton
use Firefox for the Internet
...OF COURSE getting some of the free anti-virus info your getting here maybe easier...but give it a try
My spybot search & destroy is free
I sympathize. I got hit with the “Your PC Protector” virus. It starts out as random popups saying “You’re system is infected”, “You’re system is under attack”, etc. They get more and more frequent. What they’re trying to do is sell you a malware protection thingy - after they’ve screwed up your computer. And they also get your credit card information.
If you start getting the popups, stop and immediately get the best malware scrubber you can find.
downloading it now
Ooops, my bad. Also, from some of the other comments, looks like the OP might not even have a virus — it might just be someone spoofing his email address.
Hitman Pro 3.5
First go download Windows Security Essentials from Microsoft here: http://www.microsoft.com/Security_Essentials/
It’s free and very effective anti-virus software that works hand-in-hand with your Windows Defender. Run it and see if you have an infection. If you didn’t open the file, then this is just another virus laden e-mail trying to get you to open a file.
If your anti-virus doesn’t detect any virus, then relax and just make sure your AV program remains up to date.
I get some of these “failure to deliver” messages and they are always unrelated to anything I have done.
I knew that before snopes did
I had that and finally found the way to get rid of it from one of the geek sites. It had something to do with Yahoo’s toolbar if I recall correctly.
Anyway, for those of you who need free stuff to protect your computers here is CNET’s site
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (Free)
Spybot S&D (Free)
These are must have utilities. Just run a scan with each and you will know whether or not your system is clean. I suggest running them in the order I listed them above.
One thing I love about FreeReublic is that ya’ll are friends and when someone asks for help so many people respond.
When I was on dial-up about 10 years ago, I noticed that my email dialing and sending something out.
I wasn’t sending anything. The action happened so quickly that I couldn’t tell what was being sent. The email that was ‘sent’ was deleted afterward.
I finally unplugged the phone line and had the email send a copy to ‘save’ file.
The resulting file was compilation of text. Much of the text was from unknown stuff, unknown people. Some was from various text files on my computer. It was all in one text file that apparently ‘compiled’ stuff from various computers, then emailed the ‘compilation’ to the next computers, and then erased itself.
I tried several ‘virus’ programs (this is about year 2000) and none worked. The virus continued trying to send out the email.
I got the virus by opening an email. It was apparently attached and automatically activated, and locked itself onto the computer.
I finally ended up reformatting the hard drive and reinstalling everything.
I loaded SE from your link. Thanks again! AVG used to slow down my browser some, and this one does not. It is also very easy to use.
I had the same problem until I found this.
Follow these instructions to the letter.
You are infected with what is termed a, “WORM”.
Don’t be afraid of the re-settings, I haven’t had the problem sense making these changes.
Spammers will sometimes use an arbitrary address from their lists as the “From” addresses on their emails. You may well not be sending it from your machine - they may be sending it from their machine with your return address - it is easy for them to do and there is very little that you can do about it.
i don’t think you have anything wrong.
It sounds as if somebody is spoofing your email address.
Take a look at the full header of the bogus email. It will generate a number that looks something like this:
xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx —where the ‘x’ represents numbers.
Do a google search (or whatever your search engine you prefer) on that number.
You’re looking for a site that gives you Reverse DNS lookup.
Plug those numbers into it (with the periods separating them).
It should tell you the source of the email.
If it’s your ISP, then you have a problem.
If it’s anyone else, don’t worry about it.
postmaster, that was a typo from me
fat finger alert
I know how to spell, I just dont always type rite
You nailed it. Nice job.
Race doesn’t have a virus - - somebody else is trying to give him one.
Hey Race. As a public service to one of my Freeper FRiends, I have looked up the employee number in that email. I work at FedEx, and have access to look it up. There is no employee with that badge number. (179586)
This could tell you a couple of things. Which may mean you have little to worry about.
1) Someone using your address tried to send an email to this address, but it may not have come from your machine.
2) Since there is no employee 179586, the non-delivery notice is probably real.
I get emails all the time from random spam generators, and sometimes when I look at them, my email reader tells me that “this email did not come from the address shown”.
I have also been the victim of someone sending emails from “my” address, and get some of those undeliverable messages, just like you got.
According to my IT folks, these emails did NOT come from my physical location, but by someone using my email address from another computer. It can be done, and is not too uncommon. Think about putting your return address on a snail mail letter, and mailing it from another city. You know it came from somewhere else, but if the letter gets returned, where does it go? - Your house. Same for email.
I wouldn’t ignore it, but I wouldn’t lose any sleep over it, either. As it recommends in the Snopes article linked response #3 above, send an email to email@example.com if you like. Perhaps they can help.
You have freep mail
I downloaded the new Microsoft anti-virus and it is scanning the home computer now, some day it will be finished. :)
thanks everyone, if it still continues, I’ll comment more. :)
well, good news and bad news
I downloaded the Microsoft Security software
did a full scan
so, who is spoofing my e-mail?
Is it SINKSPUR??
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