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"Jonathan L. Trigaux" <[log in to unmask]>
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Technology Discussion at UVM <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 8 Sep 2015 09:45:28 -0400
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Often the malware/virus scams are merely advertisement-triggered 
JavaScript alert dialog boxes which then redirect to a web page that tried 
to get you to download/purchase bogus software, which -- if installed -- 
is when the real infection occurs. By themselves these alerts aren't 
indicative of an actual local-machine infection. If the behavior only 
occurs when Firefox (or another browser) is open, typically on websites 
that feature ads, and you can identify what a JavaScript alert box looks 
like as opposed to some other type of pop-up or message window, then I 
probably wouldn't be concerned with it.

If the messages appear when no browser is open, or when the machine is 
otherwise seemingly idle, that probably indicates another issue.

But, as always, when in doubt, nuke and pave.


On Sun, 6 Sep 2015, Larry Kost wrote:

> I am sure that all of you have seen this question repeatedly.    Any 
> suggestions are welcome.
> -------- Forwarded Message --------
> Subject: 	Question regarding virus or malware
> Date: 	Sat, 5 Sep 2015 10:59:40 -0400
> From: 	Ken <[log in to unmask]>
> Reply-To: 	[log in to unmask]
> To: 	Larry Kost <[log in to unmask]>
> CC: 	[log in to unmask]
> Hello Larry,
> You may recall that a couple of years ago (or maybe more recently, I
> can't remember the date) I was on NE Sports Network website, clicked on
> a sports related story and found myself on a porn website. You later
> wiped the hard drive.
> Yesterday I was on the CNN breaking news page reading about the refugee
> crisis in Europe  and then the court's Tom Brady decision, and clicked
> on a  sidebar file on" the 25 most beautiful women athletes" (I let my
> guard down I guess).  When I logged out of Firefox the screen displayed
> a survey request from Burlington Telecom (my internet provider at home)
> and it listed my computer IP address (which I immediately identified as
> a scam since Burlington Telecom would never list my IP address). Of
> course I immediately logged off and shut down the computer. But just
> before I logged off a pop-up came on the screen that my computer was
> infected with a virus and I should call such and such a phone number to
> have it fixed (I wasn't on long enough to read this completely).
> This is unnerving.  Do you have any advice on any precautions I should
> now take?
> Also, are you aware of anyone else who has had this problem?
> Thanks.
> Ken
Jonathan L. Trigaux
Systems Architecture & Administration
Enterprise Technology Services
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405