It's OK It's Normal (Sadly)
I know what you mean, it's been a feature of my Yahoo account for a couple of years now. Here's what I think happens:
An e-mail account has information in the header. It has the sender's full path and e-mail address, how the sender wants his/her name to appear in the 'from' column, and the return e-mail address (which is customisable).
So I can go into my options in Outlook, change the return address to your e-mail account, change the name (so the receiver thinks I am you), and send an e-mail to some poor sap.
This sap spots the mail as nonsense and markes it as spam. BUT... because anti-spam stuff sometimes doesn't take the real path and address, because it simply blocks the return addy -- the future bounce-backs are going to YOU.
So -- the spammer is sending all day, the mails are being batter by anti-spam softerware to your account (in effect spamming you, how ironic)!
There is nothing you can do, and it is NOT originating from your PC -- it never has and never will.
Sadly, someone has added your e-mail address to a spam list. Try metasearching your e-mail address to see if the spam list is published on the web (Mine is on 73 different pages).
What I do now: I have a new e-mail account every year, in the format: name-year@whoever instead of the now ruined name@whoever. It is a simple thing to do, and most people will be able to find you in years to come if they know this is how it works!
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