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    Earthlink now pedeling Scareware!

    Hi All,

    This morning I received the periodic email newsletter from my ISP {earthlink}.
    It was offering a "System Scanner". Ok this is a well known service provider maybe this is good stuff....not!
    This is just Scareware trying to get you to purchase their services.
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    Of course you click the FIX ALL button and you goto their site trying to sell you services you don't need.
    Seems you can't trust anybody any more.
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    I also use Earthlink but don't get their newsletter..
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    Indeed it appears to be scareware, or worse.

    My advice would be to move ISP asap.

    And perhaps a warning letter to their CEO too.
    In God we trust; all others must bring data.

    - William Edwards Deming. 1900 - 1993

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    Silver Lounger Banyarola's Avatar
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    It's also possible that RG got a fake email..
    I have gotten them on occasion...

    I really don't believe that earthlink, or any ISP really checks into these sites before they recommend them...

    I have always been suspect of recommendations made by ISP's because I think a lot of them are just paid advertisements that aren't disclosed in the newsletter.

    I used to subscribe to PCMag newsletters and a few others and have stopped because what once was an informative newsletter has morphed into just another spam delivery system with your permission.

    PC users really have to shed this mindset that they are out to help you when their main goal is to generate income for themselves...
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    Bany,

    No it wasn't a fake email. This was a section in their regular NL. This was #177. I've been getting them for years.
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    Silver Lounger Banyarola's Avatar
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    Speaking of fake emails...

    I got one from Citi Bank the other day saying something about a withdrawal or something like that.

    I ran my browser sandboxed and copied the email link and pasted it into my browser.

    It took me to a fake Citi logon page..

    I entered a fake name, fake address, account number etc.. All of which was accepted..

    After I entered a nasty fake password, which I can't post here, it then directed me to the genuine Citi website..

    Needless to say, they re-directed me to the genuine Citi site after thinking they got all my info...

    What a hoot...

    And I don't even use Citi..
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