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Facebook Fake Survey Is Back...

06 January 2014
I clicked on a link in an email from a contact that turned out to be some marketing crap. I marked it as spam, and Gmail asked me if I really wanted to do that and I said YES - and then up pops this:

So either my contact's email was hijacked or Gmail was spoofed (I had no such contact in my list). It appears Facebook Fake Survey 3 has been resurrected after a short hiatus. If you fins yourself on a suspicious webpage, be careful if you see a box or "subwindow" open that says something like "Are you sure you want to leave this page?" Experts warn that any website displaying subwindow when you wish to leave the page is suspicious. A safe move to avoid infection when dealing with that situation is to close the browser window manually using your browser. Do not click on any control having to do with the webpage itself in that situation - as you have no idea at that point what you are clicking on.

Some Malicious webpages reprogram the "x" box at the top right of the subwindow to work as "OK' - thus you give permission for the webpage to interact with your machine - even though you thought you were closing the subwindow.

It is advised that you close a suspicious webpage by right-clicking on the tab for the active webpage and clicking the "Close Tab" button. This closes the selected tab completely - bypassing anything the webpage wants you to do. This is the proper "exit strategy" for any webpage where you think something fishy is going on.

If you find it impossible to close the connection, try to invoke task manager to close the browser and if you must, unplug the internet line and you may want to "power off." When you turn the machine back on, go right to your anti-virus or anti-spyware and run a complete scan. If anything looks "wrong" as you log in, back out and re-enter in "safe mode" - you may have to do a system rollback to assist your anti-virus program in clearing rogue files. It's a good idea to clear the browser cache once you are safely securely back online.

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