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Forum topic by gfadvm posted 12-24-2011 06:45 AM 2260 views 0 times favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-24-2011 06:45 AM

I just got a big red flashing warning that LJ is a dangerous site containing viruses. What’s up with that? First time I have ever seen this on any site. Not being a computer guy, I’m wondering where this came from??? I was perusing old projects for inspiration when this occured.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#1 posted 12-24-2011 06:49 AM

I’ve been sick in the past when prusing projects before. Maybe LJ picked up on that.

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#2 posted 12-24-2011 06:53 AM

I have not seen this red flashing warning you mention. Where was it? What virus protection are you uning?

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#3 posted 12-24-2011 06:59 AM

Usually these are related to some of the advertisement banners. If you can figure out which ones are causing it let Martin know and he’ll remove them from his ad list. Does it happen only on that specific LJ project page you were looking at or on others as well? Or do you notice it on any page with a specific ad banner? Also, is this warning coming from your own virus scanner or just a web popup saying this site is dangerous? If its the latter, those themselves can be dangerous and I’d ignore it.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#4 posted 12-24-2011 07:00 AM

I saw that once, but not on LJ.
It can happen on any site actually.
It means you already have a virus.
It will soon tell you about some program you can get to protect your computer.
I had this happen at work and the IT guy said it was no problem. He just did a system restore to an earlier configuration and the problem was fixed.
But, it would depend on what virus protection you have and how your computer is setup.

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#5 posted 12-24-2011 07:04 AM

If it’s telling you about a program to get to protect your computer, IGNORE IT. Thats not the virus scanner saying that.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#6 posted 12-24-2011 07:15 AM

FWIW: This same “Big Red” warning appeared on my screen a 1/2 hour ago just after hitting the “PULSE” button. It didn’t appear to be a pop up ad, looked authentic said microsoft detected the threat. (I know looks are decieving). I just clicked the ignore button and was returned to the LJ pulse page. Never had this happen before. Just figured I chime in.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#7 posted 12-24-2011 07:36 AM

hey ummm, that kind of virus? I think what i heard about it was you should really not click anything. If memory serves me right, which is rare BTW, clicking on even the close x in the window could be used to give it permission to do something. Wonder if there is any IT or web page types around here?

I’d do a full system virus scan just in case.

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#8 posted 12-24-2011 11:50 AM

I’ve read that as well, Casual1 …

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#9 posted 12-24-2011 12:50 PM

DIYaholic. That is NOT from Microsoft. That is a variant of the Microsoft security virus. It is a virus that takes over your web browser and imitates the Microsoft site. It is a scam to get your credit card number. It can be very difficult to clean up.

See this

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#10 posted 12-24-2011 03:33 PM

My ‘Security protection”, whatever that is just expired a couple of days ago so I don’t know if I have any protection in place. My wife (the computer person in the family) said not to worry about it. I only use my computer for e mail and to get on LJ so not too worried about viruses. But I would hate to lose all the project pics I have stored in it. Thanks for the input as I’m a total idiot when it comes to computers! My warning came at the same time of day as DIYaholic’s if that means anything.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 12-24-2011 04:24 PM

Go get some more protection, right away. I had an email account hacked recently, and all my contacts started getting spam. Pretty embarrassing. I think the appropriate punishment for hackers is bastinado for the first offense.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#12 posted 12-24-2011 04:38 PM

Casual1, that is partially true. There is no technical event that can be used to specifically capture the closing of the browser, but there are some tricks that us developers can use to mimic it. However, even those aren’t fool proof and sometimes don’t work at all. If you have concern that a browser window is malicious and are afraid to close it, don’t. Instead kill the browser process from Task Manager if in windows and no more events will be triggered.

gfadvm, if you’re concerned about loosing pics I’d recommend looking into storing them online in one of the many photo sites available, plus then you can access them from anywhere. Most give 2gb free of storage space and you can purchase more after that. I’m using photobucket which suits my needs but there are many others out there that are better. You can also back up your entire drive securely online if you wish using other sites for online storage. Superstrech can probably give you some good recommendations on those.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#13 posted 12-24-2011 05:17 PM


Gullibility Virus Spreading over the Internet!

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Institute for the Investigation of Irregular Internet Phenomena announced today that many Internet users are becoming infected by a new virus that causes them to believe without question every groundless story, legend, and dire warning that shows up in their inbox or on their browser. The Gullibility Virus, as it is called, apparently makes people believe and forward copies of silly hoaxes relating to cookie recipes, email viruses, taxes on modems, and get-rich-quick schemes.

“These are not just readers of tabloids or people who buy lottery tickets based on fortune cookie numbers,” a spokesman said. “Most are otherwise normal people, who would laugh at the same stories if told to them by a stranger on a street corner.” However, once these same people become infected with the Gullibility Virus, they believe anything they read on the Internet.

“My immunity to tall tales and bizarre claims is all gone,” reported one weeping victim. “I believe every warning message and sick child story my friends forward to me, even though most of the messages are anonymous.”

Another victim, now in remission, added, “When I first heard about Good Times, I just accepted it without question. After all, there were dozens of other recipients on the mail header, so I thought the virus must be true.” It was a long time, the victim said, before she could stand up at a Hoaxees Anonymous meeting and state, “My name is Jane, and I’ve been hoaxed.” Now, however, she is spreading the word. “Challenge and check whatever you read,” she says.

Internet users are urged to examine themselves for symptoms of the virus, which include the following:

The willingness to believe improbable stories without thinking.
The urge to forward multiple copies of such stories to others.
A lack of desire to take three minutes to check to see if a story is true.

T. C. is an example of someone recently infected. He told one reporter, “I read on the Net that the major ingredient in almost all shampoos makes your hair fall out, so I’ve stopped using shampoo.” When told about the Gullibility Virus, T. C. said he would stop reading email, so that he would not become infected.
Anyone with symptoms like these is urged to seek help immediately. Experts recommend that at the first feelings of gullibility, Internet users rush to their favorite search engine and look up the item tempting them to thoughtless credence. Most hoaxes, legends, and tall tales have been widely discussed and exposed by the Internet community.

Courses in critical thinking are also widely available, and there is online help from many sources, including

Department of Energy Computer Incident Advisory Capability
Symantec Anti Virus Research Center
McAfee Associates Virus Hoax List
Dr. Solomons Hoax Page
The Urban Legends Web Site
Urban Legends Reference Pages
Datafellows Hoax Warnings
Those people who are still symptom free can help inoculate themselves against the Gullibility Virus by reading some good material on evaluating sources, such as

Evaluating Internet Research Sources
Evaluation of Information Sources
Bibliography on Evaluating Internet Resources

Lastly, as a public service, Internet users can help stamp out the Gullibility Virus by sending copies of this message to anyone who forwards them a hoax.


This message is so important, we’re sending it anonymously! Forward it to all your friends right away! Don’t think about it! This is not a chain letter! This story is true! Don’t check it out! This story is so timely, there is no date on it! This story is so important, we’re using lots of exclamation points! Lots!! For every message you forward to some unsuspecting person, the Home for the Hopelessly Gullible will donate ten cents to itself. (If you wonder how the Home will know you are forwarding these messages all over creation, you’re obviously thinking too much.)



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Sorry Andy, I just love this one and had to send it. I hope you see the humor. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 12-24-2011 05:29 PM

More importantly. Please institute a back plan for your computer Andy. You WILL eventually lose files on your computer.

Simple solution: Buy an external hard drive(frequently called a Terrabyte drive) and copy all your data files(pictures, files, documents) that you care about to the external drive. Then put it in a zip lock bag and store it in another building(preferrably heated, not in your freezing barn). This protects against fire in case you have a house fire. The chance of both buildings burning is rare.

Go fetch the drive once a month(based on how worried you are about your files) and update the files.

BTW, you only need to backup your data, not all the installed program files on your computer. Organizing where all your data files are stored can be a godsend. I put ALL my data files under a single folder on my computer. Then all I have to do is back up that one folder.


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#15 posted 12-24-2011 05:33 PM

In the last few days, I have gotten a handful of “e-mails from friends,” explaining how—traveling in Europe, or whatever—they got robbed, and need cash.

Of course, none of this was true. It simply means that their e-mail accounts were hacked.

Tis the season … to be VERY, very careful !

-- -- Neil

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