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Viruses Can Forge Your Email Address

Many email viruses spread by sending themselves to email addresses harvested from computers that they have infected. The most successful email viruses also forge the sender email address, often using the harvested email addresses randomly to hide their origin.

The result is that you may receive an undeliverable or "bounced" message that you never sent. You may also receive messages from email servers and humans that erroneously accuse you of spreading viruses because they were not proficient enough to recognize that your email address was harvested by an email virus on a different system.

If you follow our Anti-Virus Safety Tips, you can be confident that your computer is protected from all known viruses, and that such claims are most likely without merit.