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Does my pc have a virus or is the instructables email newsletter infected?? Answered

 When I click on some items in the most recent two instructables email newsletters I get directed to pages for all sorts of spammy websites. Such as "Your computer is infected with a virus! click here to run a free virus check now" etc etc all sorts of junk.This only happens with the instructable email newsletter. Anyone know about this or what to do?

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RavingMadStudios
RavingMadStudios

11 years ago

You don't have a virus. The ad server that Instructables uses will occasionally send an ad that will forward you to a scareware page. This is a scam caused by the scareware owners buying adspace on a legitimate ad server and feeding in a scareware ad every once in a while.
As long as you don't click any of the links on the "virus check" page, it's just irritating and not damaging. All you have to do is click "Back", and you're good to go. If you want to go into your security package and block the offending URL, you can. They use a whole bunch of different URLs though. It'll take a while to block all of them.

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Klink
Klink

11 years ago

 I'd say that you definitely have a virus.

I'd look in to SuperAntiSpyware or Ad-Aware or Microsoft Security Essentials.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

There are a number of topics about this in the forums.

However, have just spent a few minutes clicking on every single link in the last newsletter ("3D Scanning, Spare Key from a Soda Bottle, Swiffer Mod‏"), I got no virus warnings, redirections nor spam.

Lacking the ability to completely dissect the code of the emails and this site, it is still my opinion that a small number of members are using outdated or ineffective firewalls and anti-viral software.

Why do I say small?  Compare the number of complaints (a handful) to the number of newsletters sent (half a million).

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AngryRedhead
AngryRedhead

11 years ago

There's a topic on this in Bugs:  https://www.instructables.com/community/instant-start-virus-alert-programme/