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#1 Inked_Chick

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 11:06 AM

So my niece gave out her email address and email password...well msn but they are the one and the same for her. She said her friend sent her the link on msn but she doesnt think thats the case anymore (coz it just popped up). She said nothing downloaded but could this be a virus or just a spam scam? Because all her contacts are getting weird offline links from her account. I've already done the HJT but this is really bugging me and I want to get to the bottom of this. Any suggestions?

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 11:23 AM

One may need to supply an email address to some sites/businesses when registering.
I suggest using a disposable addy as with gmail.

under no circumstance give out a password!

Read a bit more here how to be safe.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/2520/how-did-i-get-infected/

Your niece should change her MSN password ASAP.

Edited by KoanYorel, 24 April 2009 - 11:25 AM.

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 11:40 AM

I did tell her about all that security stuff but seeing as this was her "friend" she didnt bother with the safety. Well I changed her password and it was happening so I closed that account uninstalled msn made her a new account and reinstalled msn. Dunno if it still happening since she now only has 2 contacts. I could bloody kill her for stressing me out like this. Freakin kids.

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Posted 24 April 2009 - 11:47 AM

In all probability it was not the friend that sent the email, but that the 'friends' system was/is compromised and another is doing such.

Both might go here and follow our directions to clean their systems?
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/34773/preparation-guide-for-use-before-using-malware-removal-tools-and-requesting-help/
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Posted 24 April 2009 - 12:06 PM

Thanks for that but I've already done it. Waiting on a reply. But after she told all that happened, I kinda thought that it might be a spam scam or something since everything else seems to be running as normal as ever. I just wanted to know if that was possible. I'll be patient though.




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