We don’t get a lot of Comments on Summitlake.com posts, but we DO get a lot you never see. If you ever wondered why we use those annoying CAPTCHA screening devices (“type the letters you see in the box”), here’s a sampling of why:
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As you can see, most of these bogus posts aren’t even scripted in the United States. They are inanely and generically friendly without saying anything about the article to which they might appear to be responding. That’s because they’re mass-mailed to blog-land, and linked to sleazy websites, some porno, some for trash products and services. If you click one, someone gets paid a fraction of a rupee or a yuan. It’s all a parasitical numbers game, fleas on the back of the great lumbering internet.
They also appear to be able to defeat or otherwise circumvent CAPTCHA, but I have a couple of other mechanisms that ensure they never get posted. I delete them periodically like a gardener pulling weeds.
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I recently received an email from a friend: Good morning Al: How important would it be for me to download this? Do I really need it?
A non-clickable image of the “Adobe” email follows. See how many things you can find wrong with it! Below the picture, you’ll find my answer to this common question.
If this email were real, you wouldn't want to click any links it contained!
The short answer is, no. The email you received is SPAM, or worse so hope you did not click that link! (If you did, run your anti-virus program!)
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I can’t believe I fell for this. I received a fake email from Microsoft and clicked the link and started to install malware on Outlook. This malware goes after Outlook and Outlook Express. Something told me it was suspicious.
The malware reportedly redirects to a couple of bogus sites, but I haven’t learned exactly what the victim would have to do to trigger this action.
For more information, Google the phrase “officexp-kb910721-fullfile-enu.exe” or check some of the first listed links,
Microsoft doesn’t send email alerts. The web page didn’t look quite like the usual MS Update site. But they do change their page layouts from time to time, and the links at the bottom of the page (“Contact Us”) did connect to legitimate MS sites.
I clicked the link and chose the MS “Run” dialog option over “Download”. In a few seconds Zone Alarm was telling me it had identified a trojan malware, and that it couldn’t necessarily deactivate it. I clicked the ZA “Apply” button and nothing appears to happen.
I did a C drive scan on the .exe file name, supposedly residing in a subdirectory of Temporary Internet Files, but no subdirectory was found there. Perhaps ZA intercepted after all. Maybe this is because I still am doing scans and won’t restart until satisfied.
This trojan throws up a “must restart immediately to activate the protection” dialog. By this time I was wise enough not to do it.
I’m running all my scans now. I use Zone Alarm, and AdAware Free. ZA has been scanning for over 1:45 hours and has found nothing. Ad-Aware has been scanning for 55 minutes, and found nothing yet. I just downloaded Spybot. No one app catches them all. I’m still wondering if the MS Malicious Software Removal Tool was asleep at the wheel.
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I’m training a new Spam manager program to block unwanted mail and content patterns, while “Trusting” mail from friends. For a while, this requires me to spend a little more time looking at my junk mail than normal. I’m proud to report: the quality hasn’t improved.
There are the obligatory messages inviting the reader to lengthen the male member – ”Be the stallion you always wanted to be”, or to buy Cialis – ”nitrates are also found in amyl nitrate or poppers“, the ad hints.
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Archive: still as true today as in 2002, here is a list of satirical guidelines for spammers (my ‘Giude’ typo was intentional, in keeping with the credibility of our typical spammer).
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