I usually don't mention virus warnings, but....

I usually don't mention virus warnings, but....

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Jun 13, 2010 4:33 pm

I put an ad on Craig s list to sell some stuff. I got the usual "I'll send you a check and have my man pick it up" scams, but also, one guy asked if it were still for sale. I said yes. He sends back a mail saying "Can you watch this little video? I want to make sure your item is identical to what I've been using". OK... I click on the link ( mistake? maybe) and it takes me to a you tube looking place and I get a message "You need to down "FLV Direct Video Player" in order to view this video. Hmmm... I do a search, and FLV is legit, BUT.... bunches of people complaining that they got a virus when downloading it! I was careful.... I downloaded, but did not open it..It was a .exe file and it most certainly was a virus. I deleted it, sent the guy an email saying my item was identical and he was welcome to buy it. I got back a repeat email asking me to watch the video. Sheesh! They have gone to new lows.. not only to trick the spread of a virus, but auto-mail replies!
Last edited by Richard S. on Mon Jun 14, 2010 1:53 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: Moved to Technical, Virus and Malware Problems
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Re: I usually don't mention virus warnings, but....

PostBy: Dann757 On: Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:31 pm

Hey man,
that sucks. Glad you caught it in time. I don't know what I did with my aol email name, but now I'm getting a rash of spam. I just put it in the spam folder.
DR. Soandso about your overpayment, King Whatsisname fron Kenya... so stale. I have service pack 3 on disc someplace and when I find it I need to reinstall XP completely.. this pc takes too long to boot now and too long to shut off.
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Re: I usually don't mention virus warnings, but....

PostBy: WNY On: Mon Jun 14, 2010 7:53 am

yup, seen that one too! They just don't quit.... :(
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Re: I usually don't mention virus warnings, but....

PostBy: mr1precision On: Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:34 am

Those sneaky baaastaads!
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Re: I usually don't mention virus warnings, but....

PostBy: BillMarti On: Mon Jun 14, 2010 12:29 pm

You can try this program Wondershare Time Freeze 1.0> I got it from here http://forum.raymond.cc/forums/freebies ... -deals.22/ for free. What it does is make your computer run in a virtual mode and if anything strange happens just restart and everything is normal again. You can make changes permanent if your still in virtual mode by just switching it off. So do a search on Ray's site and install it's that simple. :D
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Re: I usually don't mention virus warnings, but....

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:08 pm

BillMarti wrote:You can try this program Wondershare Time Freeze 1.0> I got it from here http://forum.raymond.cc/forums/freebies ... -deals.22/ for free.


Bit of caution here, firstly if this company is the same Wondershare that I've seen spamming numerous forums for the last 5 years the quality of this product is going to be questionable.

Whenever downloading an unknown program first research it thoroughly, be sure to right click it and scan it for virus before installing and lastly download from the source. If you're going to download something like Virtualdub for example which is great little program for video processing you'd want to go right to Virtualdub's site. What happens a lot of times especially with open source and free programs is someone will recompile it with a virus and offer it for download.

The video gimmick to get you to download something has been used often in the past because people have become accustomed to legitimate warnings about a codec not being available or other warnings about the Flash Plugin not being up to date.. FLV is a legitimate format however it's used through the Flash plugin from Adobe. Anything regarding this should be coming from Adobe. Any prompt to install anything from any site needs to be scrutinized. Truthfully other than the plugins from Adobe I can think of two that most people will want and that is Silverlight from Microsoft which I use on this site and JAVA.
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Re: I usually don't mention virus warnings, but....

PostBy: BillMarti On: Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:37 pm

Yes you are correct Richard the site does have a questionable rating but I use hotmail (Live.com) for all my licensed software downloads which seems to deal with the spam. I did try it on my laptop for a couple of days and it ran fine with no noticeable slowdown. You could also use one of them 10 minute temporary e-mails to download it and that should eliminate all spam from any site. Also it is a good idea to have a pop up blocker to eliminate possible erroneous (you need to download this plugin) problems. Thanks Richard I should have posted the same caution but as per WOT the only problem of that site seems to be spam. Read the comments on Ray's site and judge for yourself I believe there is a link to WOT and what people have to say about Wondershares site.
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