Can downloading Adobe Reader attract spam?

I’m an infrequent, inexperienced and incompetent computer user.

First PC late 2006; first 2-3 years of use, no problem with spam –  received almost nothing at all. Against better judgement, downloaded a free office WP package. Some time after started to receive quite a lot of spam. Eventually I connected it to the ‘free’ download, figured out how to remove software and  spam ceased.

After several years of ignoring invitations to download the latest Adobe update, decided should take advantage of all my computer has to offer and hit the ‘download now’ button for Adobe.  Now I receive masses of spam (several a day) offering ‘to enlarge my penis’, continuing for several weeks; this has recently changed to offerings of ‘bonus wins’ – none of which I open or delete.

Do I have to remove Adobe to get this to stop?

Cheers for the New Year.

Thanks for the new year greeting.

Unfortunately removing Adobe isn’t going to fix the spam problem. What’s happened is your email address has somehow found its way onto the spammer list, possibly through the free software you downloaded.

All you can really do about this sort of spam now is to make sure you have a good spam filter on your email program. If you’re using a web based service like Gmail or Yahoo! Mail they should deal with it automatically. Programs like Microsoft Outlook need the feature turned on.

If you let us know which email program you’re using in the comments section below, we can give you the instructions on enabling the spam checker for your service.

Updating Adobe is really important as they have had a lot of security problems in recent  times, so don’t hesitate with installing any legitimate upgrades.

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    One Response to “Can downloading Adobe Reader attract spam?”

    1. RE: “Can Downloading Adobe Attract Spam”. Ta muchly for your reply.

      My yahoo mail already sends these addresses straight to Spam, so that’s working okay, but I was hoping to stop them altogether. My security is free downloads from AVG and McAfee (luckily these don’t seem to have caused any problem,)and whatever comes with computer. Maybe these are no longer adequate?

      Is it okay to shift these spam to ‘Delete’ to get them out of the way?? And if I do that without opening them, is that likely to eventually stop whoever from sending them?

      Once again, thanks for your help.

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