How Save Headers From Suspect Email?
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Once your username gets listed with a spammer it is public and"beyond your reach" and will likely persist for quite some time.
Activity may subside over time if you continue to delete and remain non-responsive to the emails.
If you respond to even one, it is more likely that additional spam will be heading your way.
Of possibly greater concern, is that you prior one-time "click" could have infected your machine which now may be generating spam emails (also infected) to others of your online associates. Alternatively, the machine of one of your online associates may be infected and may be generating emails to their own Address Book where you are listed.
Might be helpful for you to alert the folks that may be involved.
You describe a sequence of attempts to clean your machine using well respected antimalware tools.
Hopefully you've been successful.
You may benefit from posting your machine's HJT Log over in our Malware Removal Forum for expert advice, if you have not already done so.
As to sending the header to an analyst.
Just "zip" the header information to make it safe to attach.
(note: The above is an example of "why not" to open "zipped attachments".)
Not sure what you're hoping to accomplish by "analyzing" the header information.
If you "find" the spammer, what do you hope to do?
Spammers are more likely to disappear and re-emerge from a new address, than to politely apologize and then cease and desist.
One method used by spammers is to include a line in their email allowing the recipient to opt-out or un-enroll from the offer.
If you do reply with a request to "opt-out" you are simply confirming that they "have a live one".
You may, in fact, stop receiving emails from that particular offer, but later find that your email address has been sold to a more widely distributed listing for spammers with a resultant onslaught of new offers.
In general, the best response to Spam is No Response at all.
Thanks for a quick and helpful response. I have now posted a HJT log in the appropriate forum.
I have often taken the path of ignoring spam and some giving up, but these increased emails with my address and photo bother me the most. I suppose I am simply being distracted by the photo which is not the central concern when looking for infected files on a pc.
In terms of the headers, a friend wanted to see them implying that she could determine if the email was simple spam or spoof or something more malicious.
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