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Yahoo Chat stalker/spammer?


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#1 Carfan500

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 02:19 PM

My mom told me that one of her Yahoo mail accounts has a weird problem: every time (or at least most of the time) she opens it, a new tab (not in the browser, in the actual mail) appears. It seems to be a part of Yahoo chat. She never uses it and doesn't know who is behind the popup. I disabled Yahoo chat and it doesn't seem to be popping up anymore. Is this something to be concerned about? I have taken a screenshot but I couldn't figure out how to post it, so I have it ready in case anyone wants to see it. I will appreciate any help.

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 07:23 PM

I have taken a screenshot but I couldn't figure out how to post it, so I have it ready in case anyone wants to see it.

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#3 Carfan500

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 09:40 PM

OK, here it is. The chat attempt is circled in red.

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 10:29 PM

Oh.. have your mom open the yahoo messenger, click the messenger tab at the top, click on preferences, click privacy and have her uncheck Allow Yahoo websites to show when I am online, if it is checked. I am not sure but I think these websites they refer to might also mean chat rooms. Also have her check in the chat setting in preferences. Have her check ignore chat invitations. I hope this helps :thumbsup: I see you say you disabled chat? Maybe you have solved it then.

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 10:49 AM

If it's Yahoo Messenger, you can block individual users when you get an unwanted message. There's usually a button in the chat window that I have used occasionally.

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 10:53 AM

yahoo has lots of bots.
it is probably a porn or ad bot.

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 10:10 PM

It's also possible that one of her contacts was trying to IM her....but if she doesn't want IM's, she should disable it, as posted above. :thumbsup:
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Posted 13 May 2010 - 09:55 PM

Oh.. have your mom open the yahoo messenger, click the messenger tab at the top, click on preferences, click privacy and have her uncheck Allow Yahoo websites to show when I am online, if it is checked. I am not sure but I think these websites they refer to might also mean chat rooms. Also have her check in the chat setting in preferences. Have her check ignore chat invitations. I hope this helps :thumbsup: I see you say you disabled chat? Maybe you have solved it then.


Thanks for your help! My mom actually doesn't use or have Yahoo messenger. Thankfully, she hasn't gotten any more pop-ups. Anyway, I'm glad this isn't something to worry about.




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