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My iMac is sending out spam to some of the people in my address book. I have no idea how I got infected. I'm hoping someone can tell me how to fix this. I am using Avast! anti-virus.
 

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No worries. Tell us a bit more about your email account - specifically, what makes you think that it's sending spam, and what service it is.

To my knowledge there is no Mac malware that circulates email. In fact, in just about every case we've seen here, usually the individual doesn't see any 'sent mail' in their sent items. Typically, the problem is that the person's password has been compromised and the account has been hijacked via the web interface (very common with accounts through Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, etc).

If you haven't done so already, I'd highly recommend you change your mail account password. Be sure to use a non-dictionary word, include a change of case, special characters (!@#^%) and at least one number.

A good way to make a strong password is to come up with a phrase like:

Pass The Buck

..and using a bit of creativity, change it to something like...

P@$s+h3Buc|<

This way, you can still remember it, but it's nearly impossible to use a brute-force attack on.
 

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