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tpmoran Calculating status...
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Oct 30, 2012 11:19 AM

I've noticed that when I start email I get this weird message on the lower right side titled Mail Activity that I am getting emails - yet nothing shows up.

I have 2 email accounts - gmail and iCloud mail

I've gone to boht, cleared them out, and then a few moinutes ago the Mail Activity bar says receiving 548 emails....whoa ...like from where

Nothing shows up in email on my Mac and when I checked in Google mail - nothing there either.

I've run ClamXav and the only thing that came up were:

201.emix ----heuristics.phishing.email.spoofing

42934.emix (as above)

 

accroding to internet research - no harm-no foul

 

Any thoughts my firends

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 11:53 AM (in response to tpmoran)

    Can you confirm that the following are correct?

     

    1 - Your problem is with Apple Mail

     

    2 - Your OS is 10.5.7

     

    3 - You have a 2006 MacBook Pro

     

    4 - You use IMAP

     

    5 - You have one account on gmail and one on iCloud

     

    6 - Mail/Preferences/Accounts shows no other accounts

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,330 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 11:56 AM (in response to tpmoran)

    tpmoran wrote:

     

    I've noticed that when I start email I get this weird message on the lower right side titled Mail Activity that I am getting emails - yet nothing shows up.

    I have 2 email accounts - gmail and iCloud mail

    I've gone to boht, cleared them out, and then a few moinutes ago the Mail Activity bar says receiving 548 emails....whoa ...like from where

    With Gmail (depending on whether you have a POP3 or IMAP account as well as on the preferences in both Mail and the Gmail server) the only way to permanently delete e-mail is by removing it from the "All Mail" folder. Many users find they can only do this by using WebMail and their browser to access the folder.

    I've run ClamXav and the only thing that came up were:

    201.emix ----heuristics.phishing.email.spoofing

    42934.emix (as above)

    Here's my standard guidance as to how to handle infected e-mails:

    Never use ClamXav (or any other A-V software) to move (quarantine) or delete e-mail. It will corrupt the mailbox index which could cause loss of other e-mail and other issues with functions such as searching. It may also leave the original e-mail on your ISP's e-mail server and will be re-downloaded to your hard drive the next time you check for new mail.

     

    So, if you choose to "Scan e-mail content for malware and phishing" in the General Preferences, make sure you do not elect to either Quarantine or Delete infected files.

     

    When possibly infected e-mail files are found:

    1. Right-click/Control-click on either the infection or file name in the ClamXav window.
    2. Select "Reveal In Finder" from the pop-up menu.
    3. When the window opens, double-click on the file to open the message in your e-mail client application.
    4. Read the message and if you agree that it is junk/spam/phishing then use the e-mail client's delete button to delete it (this is especially important when the word "Heuristics" appears in the infection name).
    5. If you disagree and choose to retain the message, return to ClamXav and choose "Exclude From Future Scans" from the pop-up menu.
    6. If this is a g-mail account and those messages continue to show up after you have deleted them in the above manner, you may need to log in to webmail using your browser, go to the "All Mail" folder, find the message(s) and use the delete button there to permanently delete them from the server.

     

    To fix the corrupted mailbox index(es), highlight each one that was corrupted and choose Rebuild from the "Mailbox" menu.

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 2:23 PM (in response to tpmoran)

    Why are you using such an old OS as Leopard and not even the latest version of that?

     

    Mac Pro:

    Minimum OS: 10.4.7

    Maximum OS: 10.7.5

    Introduced: August 2006

    Terminated: January 2008

    CPU: Intel Xeon 5100 Series ("Woodcrest")

    CPU Speed: 2x2.6 GHz

    CPU Cores: 2

     

    I do not see an activity bar on my Leopard Mail v 3.6.

     

    I advise altering virus software to not check email.

     

    You may still see some activity with IMAP as it has to ensure local and remote folders are synchronised - they might never synchronise properly if local folders have been 'illegally' altered by another application such as virus software.

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,845 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 5:47 PM (in response to tpmoran)

    Lower left corner is more credible - you previously said right.

     

    Perhaps look at Mail/Preferences/Accounts to see if you have another account.

     

    Normally you should not delete emails except from within email clients - it confuses their mail indexing. However, if you want to dump all mail and start again you could try:

     

    1 - Quit Mail

    2 - Trash /Users/user-name/Library/Mail

    3 - Start Mail

     

    You may have to regenerate a few things such as local mailbox structure, signature, rules etc but your account settings should be retained.

     

    I doubt that anything is being controlled by somebody else.

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,330 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 6:08 PM (in response to tpmoran)

    tpmoran wrote:

     

    Frankly, I am concerned that I have something embedded deep into my Mac Pro - maybe in a side HD or something that is actually controlled by someone else....

    What behavior, other than this mail anomaly, leads you to this conclusion? Have you given anybody else physical access to your computer? Are any of the boxes in System Preferences->Sharing checked? Do you use an unprotected or weakly protected WiFi network?

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,330 points)
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    Oct 30, 2012 9:18 PM (in response to tpmoran)

    tpmoran wrote:

     

    wi-fi has a strong password 16 digits, letters and smybols

    And if that's a WPA2 network, that's about as good as it gets.

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