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Old 06-18-2010, 09:26 AM   #1
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Weird Email from WF?

Not sure if this message is legit Admin. please clarify this if you can ,but I got it in my yahoo email box ,the funny thing is I have been having issues with my password being changed without my consent .

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Old 06-18-2010, 09:29 AM   #2
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I haven't experienced anything like that. Yet, that is.

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Old 06-18-2010, 09:31 AM   #3
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It claims to be from Admin. but the email was sent from myself ?
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:35 AM   #4
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Spam it man! No way I'd click on any link there.
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:37 AM   #5
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Maybe this thread IS the virus.. DOM DOM DOOOOOOM......
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:40 AM   #6
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I wouldnt send anyone a virus ,hell the last time I hacked I had a bad cold and I coughed up some green stuff lol.
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:40 AM   #7
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Ok who gave Wranglerforum the HIV!
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:42 AM   #8
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The email was sent from my very own email ? Isnt that called email spoofing or something ? Should I contact yahoo admin. ?
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:44 AM   #9
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Wow..... 1st they wanna hook us up with an African beauties now the forum has an STD. What is this place coming to!
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:47 AM   #10
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Its that evil IE!
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:51 AM   #11
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I have not had any problems with email from the forum!
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Old 06-18-2010, 09:59 AM   #12
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i am not aware of any virus in our system. if WF were to send you an email, it would not have your name in the "From"
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Virus?

Damn, I hope a virus isn't tapping into the forum....I haven't had any problems (yet).
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Old 06-18-2010, 10:01 AM   #14
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The email was sent from....yourself. So someone is spoofing your email address. nothing hard about this, actually pretty common. It doesn't mean you have a virus, but you might have something. I would scan the hell out of my PC with different programs if I were you. The link is probably a site to hijack you. so don't click on it.

Some viruses are embedded in the banner images, so when you visit a site and the banner or advertisement is loaded, bam, a virus.

The fact that your password has been changed here and that someone knows you are a member here suggest you have already been compromised in some form or fashion. did you click on this or any other links? have you ever entered a username and password via one of these links? if so, you opened the door.

Another forum I am a member of had some issues with the software they use for the forum, someone figured out how to hack in and do whatever. not sure if that's the case here, I seriously doubt it.

also, It depends on how the Admin has the site set up. someone could try and log in as you, but if they don't have the password, the site will not allow. BUT, after so many attempts, that account is locked down for some amount of time.
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If admin is nort aware of a virus on their systems ,then I guess someone is spoofing my yahoo email address ,I am contacting yahoo now to have them investigate it ,I have experienced this once before some years ago ,you would think with all of the security updates that IE is constantly updating that this couldnt happen .
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Thanks PTaylor ,as I said it has happened to me some years ago ,except the hacker was sending me ,and my fiance' emails claiming I was cheating on her and all kinds of other crap .I didnt click on anything ifact I am a very knowledgeable computer user and have built and troubleshoot many friends systems as well as my own .Spoofing is no real threat unless like you said they try to send you something hoping you are gullable enough to click on it .I just wanted to clarify with admin. that the email was definitely not from them .I sent yahoo admin. an email ,hopefully they can do something.
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Old 06-18-2010, 10:23 AM   #17
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You can google sending emails to myself or something like that and get an idea. Many people have reported the same thing. some say it's nothing, some say it's a trojan, some say it's spoofing. I wouldn't be as concerned with the email as I would be about my passwords.

I would suggest you start changing passwords, and if possible, use another PC that is not affected.

Or, simply create a bootable USB drive or CD with Ubuntu, boot from it, use their web browser and change passwords.

I like to use Slax on CD. no way a virus can be installed because it's "on a CD". Once written, nothing else can be written.
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You can google sending emails to myself or something like that and get an idea. Many people have reported the same thing. some say it's nothing, some say it's a trojan, some say it's spoofing. I wouldn't be as concerned with the email as I would be about my passwords.

I would suggest you start changing passwords, and if possible, use another PC that is not affected.

Or, simply create a bootable USB drive or CD with Ubuntu, boot from it, use their web browser and change passwords.

I like to use Slax on CD. no way a virus can be installed because it's "on a CD". Once written, nothing else can be written.
Good idea ,I have a flash drive at home with ubuntu I use on my netbook (something I have been toying with) ,I will do that tonight ,thanks for the help man I appreciate it .
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Don't switch to Linux just because of this issue. Linux/Ubuntu will bring all sorts of issues and make you spend all your time getting your PC to work. I love Linux. I use it all the time on the web. I'm married to a Linux programmer. I do NOT use it on my regular home PC. But with all due respect, PTaylor's suggestion is like using a hand grenade on a fly.

Instead:

1. Clear out all your cookies. Don't rely on your browser to do it. Find the directory where your cookies are stored, and delete everything in it. Make sure you can see hidden or system files. Some cookies are sneaky little buggers.

2. Download a product called CCleaner from a good site, like download.com. Use it to remove misc BS files. It's free. It will help with this issue, plus make your PC run faster.

3. Get a good malware scanner, like malwarebytes, also from a good site like download.com. Also free (I think there's a slightly better one for a few bucks, but the freebie will work). Run this. Run it once a month or so.
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Can you forward the email to me andy at socialknowledge.com?
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Old 06-18-2010, 11:41 AM   #21
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Thanks Geoff ,I have malwarebytes just ran it and it found nothing,I wouldnt change to linux ,I like playing around with it once in a while but its kinda like New York City ,nice place to visit but I wouldnt live there lol.I am d-loading ccleaner now ,and will run that .
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Can you forward the email to me andy at socialknowledge.com?
Yes I can ,can I ask why.....just curious .
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Yes I can ,can I ask why.....just curious .
Because we take security seriously. This appears to be a spoofed e-mail of some sort and we want to know more......
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Old 06-18-2010, 11:51 AM   #24
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Just sent it , Like I said 2 days ago I went to log onto the forum,and it said I was enetering the wrong password ,tried multiple times ,I got a temp. password ,changed it back to my original password and just a couple hours later it was doing it again,I am now using the password sent to me by admin .
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Wasn't really recommending him to switch OS, If he thinks he is compromised, aka, his PC is being jacked, and he needs to change online passwords so whoever is in control doesn't get them as soon as he changes them, then he can use another PC to do so online.
If he doesn't have a "safe" PC to use, then he can simply create a bootable USB drive or CDR, in my case, a CDR is better since it cannot be written to, boot from it using Ubuntu or Slax, and do whatever online.

I use this method always when using a PC I do not trust. That way, no one can gain access to any of my online info. There is no way for an infected Windows or Mac computer to gain access to a bootable CDR running Linux.

not really a hand grenade for killing flies, more like avoiding the flies all together.

I doubt he's infected with anything, but someone, somehow seems to know something about him.

Anytime I travel with laptop, I always carry this CDR with me. If the hard drive crashes, I'm covered, Using a public network, covered. then when i'm secure, I switch back to XP.
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There seems to be a more common issue with Google ad's that are placed on websites that support them, and depending on who the host is, a script virus can get in. I've seen this issue on a couple of other forums but it's never been a problem for me. Just be sure you are running an up to date anti-virus software or anti-malware software.
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Wasn't really recommending him to switch OS, If he thinks he is compromised, aka, his PC is being jacked, and he needs to change online passwords so whoever is in control doesn't get them as soon as he changes them, then he can use another PC to do so online.
If he doesn't have a "safe" PC to use, then he can simply create a bootable USB drive or CDR, in my case, a CDR is better since it cannot be written to, boot from it using Ubuntu or Slax, and do whatever online.

I use this method always when using a PC I do not trust. That way, no one can gain access to any of my online info. There is no way for an infected Windows or Mac computer to gain access to a bootable CDR running Linux.

not really a hand grenade for killing flies, more like avoiding the flies all together.

I doubt he's infected with anything, but someone, somehow seems to know something about him.

Anytime I travel with laptop, I always carry this CDR with me. If the hard drive crashes, I'm covered, Using a public network, covered. then when i'm secure, I switch back to XP.
I knew what you meant ,I have linux on a flash drive and once in a while I will use the OS and play around with it,just self teaching myself that particular OS ,but source code gets tiresome after a while ,most of my favorite programs are a pain to get to run on linux without error.But anyway thanks so much for everyones help and suggestions,like I said someone had done this to me some years ago ,I have a feeling it is the same person ,just wish they would get a life and leave me alone .
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Go check out slax:
Slax.org.


It's a really small download, no source code, you install it, boot from it, it comes up, you do what you need. you can add modules, aka software packages to the download and have them installed also.

Not suggesting you do it now, but if you get the time, it never hurts to have something literally in your back pocket if you ever need it.
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Don't switch to Linux just because of this issue. Linux/Ubuntu will bring all sorts of issues and make you spend all your time getting your PC to work. I love Linux. I use it all the time on the web. I'm married to a Linux programmer. I do NOT use it on my regular home PC. But with all due respect, PTaylor's suggestion is like using a hand grenade on a fly.

Instead:

1. Clear out all your cookies. Don't rely on your browser to do it. Find the directory where your cookies are stored, and delete everything in it. Make sure you can see hidden or system files. Some cookies are sneaky little buggers.

2. Download a product called CCleaner from a good site, like download.com. Use it to remove misc BS files. It's free. It will help with this issue, plus make your PC run faster.

3. Get a good malware scanner, like malwarebytes, also from a good site like download.com. Also free (I think there's a slightly better one for a few bucks, but the freebie will work). Run this. Run it once a month or so.
OR... Get a Mac.
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Go check out slax:
Slax.org.


It's a really small download, no source code, you install it, boot from it, it comes up, you do what you need. you can add modules, aka software packages to the download and have them installed also.

Not suggesting you do it now, but if you get the time, it never hurts to have something literally in your back pocket if you ever need it.
Cool,I will check that out ,I have a netbook,I use as my guinnea pig when it comes to stuff like that ,if it gets screwy its easy to restore back to win xp.

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