Hey, Leo. I have new issue: every Tuesday, Hotmail sends out the same
message to about six of my contacts automatically. How do I stop this? These
contacts must think I’m an idiot.
In this excerpt from
Answercast #11, I become suspicious about activity coming out of a Hotmail
account and look at ways to protect your account.
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Unwanted emails to your contacts?
No, they probably don’t think you’re an idiot. They probably think as I do
that your email account has been probably been hacked.
What I would recommend you do immediately is change your password and change
everything that could be used for a password recovery associated with your
Changing your security information
I actually have an article on that called “Is changing my
The short answer there is “No.”
The only other thing that comes to mind (since this is a Hotmail account,
it’s not as likely) is perhaps if you’re accessing Hotmail via an email
program, rather than the web; there’s some form of malware on your PC or some
kind of problem with the email program that you’re using.
Fundamentally, this still feels like a hacked email account and that’s the
approach I would suggest you take.
If it continues after securing your account further, then I would start to
look into other ways that your email account is being accessed: if you are
indeed using a PC-based email program.