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Thread: Warning Tip for Dangerous Websites!!!!!!!!

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    Senior Member Twilliebee's Avatar
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    Hi Everyone,
    I've noticed something sneaky the computer 'bad guys' seem to have come up with. Just in case you haven't already noticed it, here it is.
    If you google something to do with quilting, be very careful to read the name of actual website you will be connected to, not just the top line that shows the info you were looking for.
    You will find that the dangerous sites are somehow stealing info from legitimate sites to make you click on them. Here are some examples of what they look like.

    *****IF THESE COME THROUGH AS LINKS DO NOT CLICK ON THEM******

    SAMPLES:
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    [Tossed Nine Patch Patterns - Menope 2010 Dubai, middle east ...
    This site may harm your computer.
    and lots of fun gabbing, I managed to complete this top using Eleanor Burns 'Tossed Nine-Patch . She has lots of wonderful patterns for the fall season and ...

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    [Tossed Nine Patch Quilt Pattern -
    This site may harm your computer.
    I wanted to make a red, green and yellow quilt in honor . When I put the blocks together I did a pattern (D= Dark . They called it a tossed nine patch. ...


    These are dangerous non-quilting sites and although google flagged them as 'This site may harm your computer', I only noticed by sheer luck.
    I looked at a few more and they often, but not always, seem to end in an equal sign followed by something to do with the info you are looking for.

    Please be careful. I've been getting a lot of those 'false security scan' things lately. Very dangerous. If they don't actually contain viruses, they infiltrate your computer to steal your personal information. And they totally look like a legitimate Microsoft site.

    If you've got other tips or noticed other computer things we can all avoid, please share your tips and observations.

    Thanks!

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    OMGosh! I ran in to that 3 times today! It's all of a sudden everywhere! I think I saw it mostly when searching "images".

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    Thank you for the info!!!

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    Someone the other day was looking for a dizzy geese pattern and I Goggled it, and got a warning that a virus had infected my computer and to click on such and such to clear it up. I know from experience not to do so, so there wasn't any damage.

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    The one that I get doesn't really give you a choice...it just starts trying to scan...I just "X" out of the whole page to get away from it :(

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    Qbee-the one I got, you couldn't X out or close it. I turned the net off and waited until DH got up, he took care of it.

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    thank you for The warning :thumbup: I have ran into that before, I was lucky, I turned off my computer. Turned it back on and ran malware and McAffe Security scan. No harm that time. :roll: what will they thing of next :thumbdown:

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    Yes I noticed the same thing today when doing some searching, and it is also associated with sewing searches too. :-(

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    Someone on here mentioned a block called "Spidron". When I googled spidron and opened one for the quilt block pattern for spidron I got a warning to download security software. I was able to close it and IE. I ran a scan and my computer seems ok; I'll keep an eye on it tho.
    Why would they pick quilting-type sites? Do they think mostly women would use these and the "little woman" isn't computer literate???

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    I've switched to bing rather than google. I don't know if they are showing up there or not. Its maddening!!

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    I have had these once or twice for the last 2 days. Hmmm....

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    I have had them too! You cannot get out of them. I have to go to task master to shut it down then reboot my computer. sigh...

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    This also happened to me. They were all quilt sites. Also the malware looks real and if you don't know better it will shut down your computer. Had 3 computers this happened to before we fiqured it out. Reboot your computer and make sure you have a good virus protection program. Thanks for sharing thought I was the only one having this problem.

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    It's enough to make you afraid to click on any link. This virus happened to me back in March and DH ended up, months later and many fix attempts later, having to completely wipe my hard drive clean -- down to nothing. Then spent days reloading everything. It was a nightmare, but so far so good on the 'new' computer.

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    THanks for the link. Will make sure I pay attention more closely.

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    I have had this happen on quilting sites, and other's too when doing research.
    The key is to have a good computer program that will alert you BEFORE you get to the site :wink:
    Mine throws up a warning letting me know not to go there :D:D:D

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    gday, Can i make a suggestion, that's if you haven't already seen or heard of this. I have this loaded onto my computer and when searching for anything at all, "WOT" advises by the colour circle what is safe and what isn't. It has been trustworthy so far and i have it on both my computers (laptop) for over 3 yrs now. http://www.mywot.com/en/settings/en-...08/guide#guide

    it might help, see what you think. Penny :)

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    You got me scared so I downloaded a malware program and ran it and it found 2 infected files. So, I decided to do the same on my daughter's computer. It found 252!!!!! OMG. No wonder she was having problems with her computer!

    DH won't let me touch his computer so I guess he has to suffer!

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    First, thanks for the alert. It really is worth the extra second it takes to notice Google's warning about a website being a risk.

    However, it doesn't mean the entire website is a bad one. It may only mean that a legitimate website somehow got some infected files loaded onto it. You can click on the Google warning to see exactly why they're warning you about it. For example, you may be able to read and post to a forum on the website, but not download patterns.

    Also, the "=" in a web address is NOT an indicator of malware. If you're reading this now, take a look at the bar at the top of your browser, and you'll see an "=" in the web address here.

    It's a normal piece of the web address.

    All that said, I echo everyone who advises prevention by protecting your computer with anti-malware software.

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    If I see something I do not recognize, I delete. Did answer one, will see what happends. So it doesn't always work. :evil:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linda B
    It's enough to make you afraid to click on any link. This virus happened to me back in March and DH ended up, months later and many fix attempts later, having to completely wipe my hard drive clean -- down to nothing. Then spent days reloading everything. It was a nightmare, but so far so good on the 'new' computer.
    Ditto.

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    Thanks for the warning.

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    It is not only in links for quilting, I was searching for "tatting" patterns and got the same thing.

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    I think you can get it from anywhere on the internet...its not just sites geared to "us little women". Anyway...I am dealing with something I picked up from opening email stuff...you know the kind you think are funny, so you send it to everyone on your list.? Well...someone was "kind" enough (unknowingly) to send me something that has virtually shut down my computer. I will have to run the recovery discs and hope that that works. Otherwise, I now have an expensive paperweight.

    But..the point is that during all my research on how to fix it...I found that there is a very good security program (better than the commercial ones-like McAfee-which drains resources from your computer) and best of all- its FREE! Its called Avast and you can download it from cnet.com.

    Also..one of the problems that is slowing down everyone's computers is that we are so scared of these sites, that we load our computers with lots of security..we load a malware program, a registry cleaner, a security program with firewalls, etc. The truth is that is you are running Windows XP, or Windows 7...they have firewalls and security built into the programs. So you might want to check to see how much redundancy you have on your system if it is running really slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    But..the point is that during all my research on how to fix it...I found that there is a very good security program (better than the commercial ones-like McAfee-which drains resources from your computer) and best of all- its FREE! Its called Avast and you can download it from cnet.com.
    I use Avast and it is great. I never have had a problem until I got the one connected to the quilt site I searched awhile back. Now I have malwarebytes and I think I'm going to be ok now. The two together should take care of everything.

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