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 Post subject: Spyware, et al
PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 4:24 PM 
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I googled "Sharia law in North America", got a page full, clicked on the first one and got flash messages. The main one said,
"Microsoft Security Warning. Antivirus 2009 Web Scanner detected dangerous spyware on your system"
Then a list:
Spyware.IEMonster.b Critical (in red)
Zlob.PornAdvertiser.Xplisit High
Trojan.InfoStealer.Banker.s Medium

When I couldn't just click this away I kept getting downloads of something. Finally, I turned it off, counted to 15, turned it on again. The desktop was full of whatever the downloads were. I quickly trashed and emptied them.

Has this told me I actually have something weird in my computer, or is someone just trying to sell me something? They were all .exe and I learned a long time ago to not try to download .exe files because they cause the computer to jam up or do something strange.

All I wanted to know was where in North America Sharia law is in use. I guess just inquiring is dangerous enough; just think what will happen when it gets here.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 8:17 PM 
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Joan,

You ran into a website meant to fool Windows users into thinking they have spyware on their system. The irony is that the website then tries to install software on the system. It could've been intended to turn someone's Windows PC into a "zombie" computer that could be used to send out spam or worse.

The good news is that, to my knowledge, there aren't websites like this that affect Macs. Therefore, trashing the Windows .exe (executable) files is all you needed to do.

However, if you haven't already done this, I'd strongly suggest turning off the Safari preference "Open "safe" files after downloading". These days, you don't want programs starting up automatically just in case these types of websites start affecting Macs.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 1, 2008 12:19 PM 
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Thanks so much for the reassurance that I had done the right thing. I deleted the downloads and emptied the trash can all in the same motion. Then crossed my fingers that nothing is left in my computer. Then I checked the Safari Preferences and the "Open 'safe' files" is not checked. Therefore I guess that means it is not turned on.

Thanks again for being there to rescue me from my own folly. I guess I'm not supposed to find out stuff from the internet. Lately, every time I've inquired about something, I get junk email, phone calls, and my AT&T bill crammed with something from a company called ILD Teleservices. You might want to alert people to check their phone bills. Through some quick research I've found out that the phone company can and will bill people for anything some other company says they should. My phone calls never told me what they were selling, but I did get it cancelled and refunded. It took three months and letters to the Indiana AG, the Utility Regulatory Commission, and the General Counsel of AT&T to get their attention. In each letter I noted CC to Ch 6 Call for Help, Indy Star, and 60 Minutes. I actually sent copies of the letter to each of those entities. I did get a phone call telling me that they had cleared it off my bill. It took a lot of effort and the good advice of a friend who is a judge to get it done. Now I know how to do it, I'll be better prepared the next time. Meanwhile, I guess I had better go to the library if I want information. Three cheers for M - A - C !!!


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 1, 2008 3:10 PM 
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elliotjc wrote:
Thanks so much for the reassurance that I had done the right thing. I deleted the downloads and emptied the trash can all in the same motion. Then crossed my fingers that nothing is left in my computer. Then I checked the Safari Preferences and the "Open 'safe' files" is not checked. Therefore I guess that means it is not turned on.


Joan,

That's correct. It means that preference isn't turned on. I really wish Apple would remove that preference entirely. On today's Internet, there's no truly safe file.

I've done all sorts of Internet-based research. Unfortunately, it's necessary to configure your browser to not allow items to be downloaded and executed without your consent.

It's possible to do this in Windows, but it's harder to configure. Unchecking the single Safari preference is really all you need to do right now.


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