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    Watch Out for Windows-oem.com

    For whomever this could possibly concern, I discovered this site while exploring my options for a dual boot with Windows XP. The site claims to sell a legitimate XP Pro (via download) for $49.95. Apparently, it is sourced from Germany. I guess at first I was pretty gullible, thinking with the domain name I was at a Microsoft site. Then something just kind of nagged at me, and I did some research, and the consensus is the site is a scam!

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    Thanks for letting us know.

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    Definitely don't trust that site.

    It may say that it is hosted in Germany (the IP address of the server hosting the site appears linked to a German individual). The site content is full of well crafted words describing what a good deal they are offering, but it's all snake oil and I would not touch them with a barge-pole.

    Worse, the registered domain is protected by a privacy service run from Ukraine, which immediately sounds alarm bells.

    Even worse, there is a obfuscated javascript unpacker at the bottom of the source code on each page. It's not clear what that is doing but I have seen very similar things on malicious and poisoned sites before.
    In God we trust; all others must bring data.

    - William Edwards Deming. 1900 - 1993

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    My pleasure Mrjimphelps!

    Tinto Tech, thanks for the extra info. Looks like I dodged a bullet on that one. Phew! Well crafted words is right. Now I just hope my computer did not get infected with anything just from visiting that site.

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