WEB PAGE SCAM

JimmyB

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Whilst view this site I received a "Microsoft Virus Alert" wanting to phone and put activation details in, warning not to switch off. I could not shut my browser so used Ctrl Alt Del to shut down, restarted and no issues - Virus scan run no viruses, it would seem it was a web page hi-jack.
Don't know if it was this site but I only had my normal Yahoo home page and this site open at the time!!
 
Greg Elmassian

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it's not this site... there's many ways you can get this... but I don't think the site owner wants big discussions on avoiding spam, bad sites, etc.

My best advice is get an anti-virus package that also has a "web shield" component... also put a popup blocker and malware shield in your browser..

Greg
 
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Jimmy,

100% not an issue on this site, although not impossible to get hacked, the server software would notice immediately and prevent access and alert us.
We have very good monitoring on our sites to prevent this sort of thing.

Also i have just checked everything just to double check, all normal.

Paul
 
Rhinochugger

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Whilst view this site I received a "Microsoft Virus Alert" wanting to phone and put activation details in, warning not to switch off. I could not shut my browser so used Ctrl Alt Del to shut down, restarted and no issues - Virus scan run no viruses, it would seem it was a web page hi-jack.
Don't know if it was this site but I only had my normal Yahoo home page and this site open at the time!!
Others have had this issue in the past, but it doesn't emanate from this website or, indeed, come through it.

ESET as you anti-virus will block it - best in class :nod::nod::nod:
 
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Jimmy - Are you practicing before Bar now? Looks like you have your wig on! ;) Say hi to Rumpole for me when you see him.

Phil S.
 
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Paul M

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Jimmy - Are you practicing before Bar now? Looks like you have your wig on! ;) Say hi to Rumpole for me when you see him.

Phil S.
I don't think he needs the practice, I heard he was quite good at bars
 
JimmyB

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Sorry guys didn't mean to say it was this site, however, I only had my normal yahoo page and this site open, (on tabs), and it was the tab this site was on that was hijacked. My Firefox browser prevented any pop-ups (a huge list), and as I said in the original post there is no virus. It was just a hijack scam, and I was just trying to warn people its about, some people can easily led into believing the problem is real, and not a scam.
 
Greg Elmassian

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Jimmy, I think it was because you said:

"Don't know if it was this site but I only had my normal Yahoo home page and this site open at the time!! "

Clearly it was not Yahoo, so that statement would lead one to believe the only other alternative was this site...

This stuff can be tricky, in that you are looking at some sites... and while looking at a site, it resets your home page, so the NEXT time you open a new tab or page you get hit, way after the "damage" is done... there's ALL kinds of tricks out there, and you did the right thing in response.

Regards, Greg
 
JimmyB

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Greg, I appreciate your comments, but my yahoo page had been open since opening my browser (about 10 minutes) and the only other tab I had opened and visited was this one, no links to any other site!!
However, as I said my point was to inform users that there is (another) issue out there and to be aware.
 
Greg Elmassian

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Yep, I was responding to try to be helpful and how this can happen. My explanation indicated how the situation could be "armed" quite some time before you saw it happen. Also, I would assume your yahoo home page has automated/animated areas that show news, pictures, etc. "tuned" to you... there's a million ways for these guys to get you.... I have about 4 things beyond just antivirus protecting me and my browser.

Greg
 
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Paul M

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Andthe worse thing about all these scams, is that it makes one suspicious of all and everything
 
JimmyB

JimmyB

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Greg, see your point, but I run ad blocker, so stops most animations.
 
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Whilst view this site I received a "Microsoft Virus Alert" wanting to phone and put activation details in, warning not to switch off. I could not shut my browser so used Ctrl Alt Del to shut down, restarted and no issues - Virus scan run no viruses, it would seem it was a web page hi-jack.
Don't know if it was this site but I only had my normal Yahoo home page and this site open at the time!!
It’s not this site.
These things appear randomly created by bots.
Someone suggested pop-up blockers, I have tried numerous but sadly, none are effective.
Worth checking your Home Page to make sure it has not been changed. You can change it back by selecting Tools and Internet Options. Your Homepage will show and allow you to change it.
 
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