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Avoid This Virus

I often get e mails that have one line in the body of the e mail. It is all caps,very flashy, usually in color, with a provocative message. Nothing else on the page. Today it was TRUMP PHARMA’S NIGHTMARE!! CLICK HERE OR DISPLAY. The sender was Shepherd miaij6cqscott@yahoo.com which doesn’t tell me anything. So I deleted it as spam. And I am convinced clicking on the link would have introduced a virus into my computer.

The hook is usually something that sounds interesting. Gee, what is going on with Trump and the pharmaceutical companies?? Oooh have to find out. No, don’t do it.

This same type of display is used with senders pretending to be Amazon, or some other site you use a lot. Amazon has CHOSEN YOU TO GET A $500 REWARD!!! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS. It’s bogus. I checked this one out with Amazon. They didn’t know anything about it.

So, basically, if the e mail just has a grab attention headline and no details, check the sender, or just delete it. If it is pretending to be from a legitimate site that I use, I forward it to a fraud hotline.

Lately, and I don't know how this happened, I am getting a lot of pop-up sites, including a Dish network come-on (we are Dish subscribers). It doesn't bother me a lot because they are not hard to get rid of, as used to be the case. I am just curious. And sometimes when I sit down at the computer after a break, several of these sites are layered waiting for me, and I have to click out of each one. I'll ask my tech expert about them.

xx, Teal

P.S. After posting this, I brought it up to check for errors, and noticed that several key phrases have been co-opted by the program and are in blue. These are sales pitches. I didn't do this. I guess Eddie has to make a buck somewhere.

posted on Apr 25, 2017 10:21 AM ()


Do you have the popup blocker turn on in Firefox or whatever browser you use? Very rare for a popup to get past it. If your email client has a preview pane, you can delete the emails before you even open them. As a general rule, if I don't know the sender I don't open the email (no mater how interesting it may look).
comment by jjoohhnn on Apr 27, 2017 6:21 AM ()
I just checked my internal info app and see that my pop-up blocker is enabled. So, yeah, I'm going to ask my tech.
reply by tealstar on Apr 30, 2017 7:13 AM ()
I get up to 200-300 mails daily, most from political groups or animal rights groups, with petitions, and all ask for money. I don't open most any more. Sometimes i will sign a petition, which, of course, puts me into a category that generates more petition solicitations. I'm about to mark all of them as spam.

I use Google Chrome as my default browser. I will ask my tech how to get rid of the pop-ups. Thanks for your input. T
reply by tealstar on Apr 30, 2017 7:11 AM ()
I was wondering where my $500.00 Amazon reward was.
comment by nittineedles on Apr 26, 2017 11:58 PM ()
Soon I will probably be working on a regular Windows computer for part of my work, which I haven't done in a decade or so. Guess I'll have to pay attention to all that virus stuff again. It's so easy to forget to be careful and click on something.
comment by drmaus on Apr 26, 2017 10:33 PM ()
I am more plagued with telephone scams wanting to fix my computer. I simply tell them I don't have one. I learned my lesson about clicking on
pop ups. It cost l50.00 to get my computer fixed. since then, I have
been super cautious.
comment by elderjane on Apr 26, 2017 7:45 AM ()
I've been noticing more popups lately, too - in the form of whole windows rather than a dialog box over the top of my active window. I have a popup blocker but they didn't seem to be affected by it. Spent some time trying to figure out the cause/cure, and don't think I figured anything out, or if I did, I forgot. It seems like there are fewer of them, but once in awhile there is one, so I didn't cure it totally. This is on a Mac.
comment by troutbend on Apr 25, 2017 5:57 PM ()
Oh, I've been getting those too! I don't know why either.
reply by drmaus on Apr 26, 2017 10:29 PM ()

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