CRITICAL Yahoo "Phishing"

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  1. Rikter8

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    Group,

    Please use caution when using Yahoo, and Yahoo Messenger.

    Currently there are bugs running amok with Messenger, that steal your passwords, and then IM people on your list with a link.

    This link will direct you to a Yahoo login page.
    When you log in, your password is collected, and the virus logs into your Yahoo account and steals your information, as well as infects your messenger to distribute its vicious path to other users on your list.

    I recommend changing your Yahoo passwords immediately to stop the cycle.

    Update your antivirus tools, and clear cookies and temporary internet files from your cache.

    This same bug has been also running your login info from cookies and stealing Myspace pages, or any other pages it can link to.
    It has been known to steal the page, changes the password, and then wipes it clean with you having no access to it.

    C
     
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    *Big Suprise*......

    Yahoo doesn't have a fix.
     
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    I stopped using Yahoo Messenger after half of somebody else's conversation suddenly appeared in my chat box. I figured out then that it wasn't very secure and as a precaution went offline, ran a bunch of scans and changed all my crucial passwords with antoher computer to make sure I was safe.

    Then I used MSN instead.
     
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    More information about the particular malware is here. You can protect yourself from infection by using a third-party application, like Trillian, Gaim, or Fire, to connect to Yahoo and by not having Internet Explorer installed on your computer. (This won't prevent you from receiving "spam" from other people who are infected, however.)
     
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    When did Internet explorer become something that we shouldn't have on our computers?
     
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    1995.
     
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    And yet, they keep sticking it on our computers. Someone should really fix that.:rolleyes:
     
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    I am now running Linux, so I do not share your problem, and somebody can correct me if I am wrong, but with explorer packaged with XP you are sort of stuck with it. I seem to recall hearing or reading that it is sort of &#8220;impeded&#8221; and that you cannot uninstall it without killing windows.
     
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    I had heard something similar, Dolf. I have noticed that my laptop has both explorer and firefox installed on it... Perhaps that is the new way?
     
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    Jeff:

    Go with Firefox. Use IE only in an emergency.

    Take care

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    FIrefox is a better browser to use anyway, its faster, and so far...safer.

    Internet Explorer should be used only for Windows Updates, or emergency recovery use.

    Yes, Windows XP is built around IE.
    I wouldn't recommend trying to remove it.

    Download FIrefox, set it as your Default browser and go from there.

    If you Do decide to keep IE, just keep close watch on what you have loaded on your machine, and use a good Antivirus like Avast and a good Anti-spy/malware like Arovax.

    Norton and McAfee is just bloatware...garbage that slows down your PC and doesn't really protect you that well.
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    You can remove IE from the control panel (on XP) Just go to Add/Remove Programs then Add/Remove Windows Components.

    I only have it for MSN, to make it easier to access my inbox. I use Mozilla and when I rarely look at porn, I used Avant Browser and disable scripts. It disables ALL scripts which I don't think Firefox does; I've had viruses and things from certain sites browsed with Firefox.

    No problems arise from removing IE btw. You can use Avant (for windows update etc), its like a customised IE where you can choose to disable scripts, flash, sounds, pictures, etc.
     
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    As an aside--my messenger box members received one of these messages from me over the past week.

    I try to remind my contacts tat I would never send some message with a link in i out of the blue. If you get one of those--IGNORE it.

    Also--IE is the devil.
     
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    My work computers -- one Mac and one PC -- have the officially-sanctioned antivirus programs on them; Norton for the Mac is the single-most irritating piece of crap on my Powerbook, helpfully "popping up" every time I insert my flash drive to update it at the end of the day.

    Strangely, Symantec Corporate Edition (aren't Symantec and Norton the same company?) isn't nearly as intrusive on the PC, and is actually a pretty nifty piece of background software that doesn't make an ass of itself.
     
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