Email Virii (The plural of Virus) – how to minimize viral email links from sending to your contacts.
Lately there has been a surge of emails that get sent from your email from your contacts (friends) email that you did not send. The body of the email simply has a website link in it promoting a website. This is a good indication your Hotmail email address has been hacked.
To fix this issue, follow the 5 steps below:
- Before you do anything else, change your Hotmail email account password to something safe. Use symbols like &, #, ! and $ as part of your password, and make it long (at least 8 characters). If you find it difficult to remember passwords, write it down in a SAFE place. Strong passwords are key to email safety.
- Check to see that your auto-response and email signature in your email account do not have any additional text added to them, as this would go automatically every time you email a contact.
- Then run a virus scan for spyware/malware to be sure your computer is clean. (I user a web based email scanner. Please visit our links page)
- Change your password periodically. Hotmail has an option to automatically notify you to change your password every 72 days. (My suggestion for your email sanity)
- Advise Hotmail customer support of the issue. They can look into it further.