Am I being hacked?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by rppb, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. rppb

    rppb Guest

    I enter the Tiger Direct sweepstakes and the Lost Treasure sweepstakes.There
    is a second step to each sweepstakes.You receive an email from each and
    reply to complete the entry.For the last week I haven't received an email
    from either to complete the contest.I checked the spam filtered mail from
    Comcast.
     
    rppb, Oct 3, 2009
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    Malke Guest

    No one can answer the question you asked in your Subject line without
    sitting at your computer and examining it.

    Normally, one would not immediately leap to the conclusion that one is being
    hacked because two emails haven't arrived. Perhaps someone in your household
    doesn't want you to sign up for sweepstakes and deleted them. Perhaps there
    are no legitimate sweepstakes, you got suckered into giving your email
    address to spammers, or perhaps the emails you got back weren't legitimate
    and your antivirus program deleted them.

    There is simply no way that anyone just reading your post can give you a
    definitive answer. In cases where people post here asking whether their
    computer has been compromised, I always say:

    Have a competent local computer tech come on-site and take a look. Only
    someone skilled like that who is hands-on with the computer can make sure
    your machine is OK. Don't use a BigComputerStore/GeekSquad type of place.
    Get recommendations from people you trust.

    Malke
     
    Malke, Oct 3, 2009
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  3. rppb

    rppb Guest

    Thanks. I have been entering these two sweepstakes for years with no
    problems.
     
    rppb, Oct 3, 2009
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  4. Are you using a web based e-mail client?

    If so, not getting e-mails there would have nothing to do with the state
    of *your* computer.
     
    FromTheRafters, Oct 3, 2009
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    lemur Guest

    This is on a tangent, but you might consider having an email solely fo
    sweepstakes and other such activities. This will greatly reduce you
    spam for your main email account

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    lemur, Oct 4, 2009
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  6. rppb

    rppb Guest

    outlook express
     
    rppb, Oct 4, 2009
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  7. rppb

    rppb Guest

    Sorry, Windows mail
     
    rppb, Oct 4, 2009
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  8. Have you contacted the Tiger Direct people (or wherever it is that you
    submit your request)?

    Your request may not be getting to them. Their reply may not be getting
    sent by them. Their reply may be getting filtered out by your ISPs
    anti-spam (you checked this if I understand you correctly). Their reply
    may be getting filtered by your mail rules. Their reply may be getting
    filtered by Vista's (Windows Mail) anti spam
    (http://www.simplehelp.net/2007/02/09/how-to-configure-the-windows-mail-junk-e-mail-settings/).

    My vista machine came bundled with McAfee (with anti-spam) - so there's
    another way to lose e-mails.

    Are you only missing those - yet others (from the same submission
    source) come through OK?

    You may need to ask in a "Windows Mail" specific forum if indeed it is a
    WM issue.
     
    FromTheRafters, Oct 5, 2009
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    rppb Guest

    Thanks I will check Another strange thing Windows Defender is now turned off
    every time when I boot up.I have to turn it on manually even though I have
    use real time protection checked.
     
    rppb, Oct 6, 2009
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  10. no
     
    James Matthews, Oct 13, 2009
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    rppb Guest

    I tried that. Now I didn't receive an email confirmation when I tried to
    enter M&Ms, Snickers Halloween sweeptakes.I know someone is screwing with my
    mail.I am going to pay someone to check out my computer at my house.
     
    rppb, Oct 14, 2009
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  12. When you get it sorted out, feel free to update this thread.
     
    FromTheRafters, Oct 14, 2009
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