I just started using Electrum noticing there are quite a few Public-Private key combinations(addresses) in the wallet. Every time I do a 'receive' transaction, Electrum uses a new Public key. This has resulted in my funds being spread across multiple addresses (each of these pairs is a wallet, as per my understanding).

Similar Issue: No sign of my private keys in Electrum wallet ... where do I find them?

Download Link: https://electrum.org/ (Not Malicious)

I'm very confused how would I send my funds now. This is not something I would like the wallet program to do for me. I guess it creates this new recieve address for privacy but now how does one get funds out to spend?

I am new to crypto. Can someone please explain me.

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The original answer was written when my impression was that you were asking why Bitcoin wallets use new addresses on each new payment process. At this point, you have described so many strange behaviors that my impression is that you are running malware instead of Electrum. Some red flags are:

  • Wallets do not move funds without a user interaction.
  • Your wallet informs you that the output address is "Not known, this is a non-wallet txid".

I would suggest that you attempt moving your funds to a new wallet controlled by a different device. If you succeed, you’re good and I’m misunderstanding the situation, but it seems to me that your funds have been stolen.

  • I’m not able to understand how to use electrum to send funds when this kind of situation happens. Can you please guide me?
    – caliGeek
    Commented Nov 9, 2023 at 1:04
  • This kind of situation is the normal situation. Just click the "Send" tab at the top of the screen - it will ask for the receiver's address and amount to be sent. Commented Nov 9, 2023 at 8:45
  • How can you send given the address electrum sent to is not the original address I got funds on
    – caliGeek
    Commented Nov 9, 2023 at 14:46
  • @caliGeek: I’m having a hard time telling whether you are a) talking about change outputs, b) the wallet creating fresh receive addresses after each transaction, or c) your funds were immediately swept from your wallet right after you received them. Could you perhaps elaborate your description or show us a screenshot (feel free to cover private information such as exact amounts, anything past the first ~7 characters of an address, txids, etc.).
    – Murch
    Commented Nov 9, 2023 at 18:02
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    If you didn't send 3.73118785 BTC to bc1qa4hrzegkrrq5fmyelma2y3lcs2papk5ee7suns it means someone else probably has - maybe they got access to your keys, they tricked you into using fake software or some other trickery or security breach. Commented Nov 9, 2023 at 20:40

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