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    Wife was not paying attention and clicked this in an email.

    "www.olriks.com/includes/likeit.php?zkjeu713actopg "

    I got the email as well but as the sender has not communicated in 2 years I was suspicious she'd been hacked and had that confirmed.

    Anybody any idea what it might be and what I should do to try and clean anything off ?

    It's on a laptop running Vista; security is MSE which I expect to be up-to-date, and Malwarebytes which won't be up-to-date.

    I'm delaying the re-boot of the machine until I've got an idea on what I might be tackling.

    I've googled the so-called website details but can't find anything.

    Many thanks for any help.

    Rob

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    Go to the following website and download Windows Defender Offline to a CD:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...fender-offline

    Put it in the CD drive of the computer in question, and boot from it. Give it some time, it takes a while; it will do a pre-Windows scan of the computer.

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    In addition to Jim's very good suggestion you can also boot into Safe Mode w/Networking and Update MalwareBytes from there and run a full scan. HTH
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

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    I visited the link. Seems to be a site meant to make you buy "Green Coffee Bean Max", seemingly a great product to make you lose weight.

    I think you are safe, tbh. Just boot the laptop as usual.
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    I drink Maxwell House myself, but that's beside the point.

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    Many thanks to you for your advise, and it has been followed through. I do hate laptops with their nasty pads which never work for me.

    Anyway after a lot of re-starts I finally got Defender Offline to run - full scan showed no infections so I re-booted the machine and updated Malwarebytes, and it gave a clean bill of health too.

    So what was the point of the hack and the link which doesn't do anything. Yes, www.olriks.com is a valid site but the link did nothing when my wife clicked on it, so what's the point unless it is just sheer creating nuisance factor?

    She does now at least acknowledge that she will never be so stupid again having seen the bother that she has caused - ..... that is until the next time !!!

    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldwood View Post
    Many thanks to you for your advise, and it has been followed through. I do hate laptops with their nasty pads which never work for me.

    Anyway after a lot of re-starts I finally got Defender Offline to run - full scan showed no infections so I re-booted the machine and updated Malwarebytes, and it gave a clean bill of health too.

    So what was the point of the hack and the link which doesn't do anything. Yes, www.olriks.com is a valid site but the link did nothing when my wife clicked on it, so what's the point unless it is just sheer creating nuisance factor?

    She does now at least acknowledge that she will never be so stupid again having seen the bother that she has caused - ..... that is until the next time !!!

    Rob

    Looks like you / she both learned from this "hack" and were lucky it was so "weak" as to not take over the PC or wipe out your data!

    I've got a feeling you guys may need a firewall and imaging software so you can block hacks and recover if infected.

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    Sorry, this was not a hack. Seems more like spam.

    Not all links on unwanted emails are harmful and this is clearly such a case.
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    Rob,

    Was the email from a Yahoo or Btinternet email address?

    If so this should be of interest

    http://www.channel4.com/news/yahoos-...minal-spammers

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruirib View Post
    Sorry, this was not a hack. Seems more like spam.
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    Not all links on unwanted emails are harmful and this is clearly such a case.
    Thanks. please note I put the word hack in quotes.

    I was merely referring to the orginal post wording:

    "I was suspicious she'd been hacked and had that confirmed"

    For what it is worth I don't know if the PC was hacked or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Escalater View Post
    Thanks. please note I put the word hack in quotes.

    I was merely referring to the orginal post wording:

    "I was suspicious she'd been hacked and had that confirmed"

    For what it is worth I don't know if the PC was hacked or not.
    Probably I misinterpreted it. On re-reading the original post, seems what was hacked was the computer of the purported sender of the email, but then, not even that is certain.

    The posted link seems innocuous. Email addresses can be used without computers being hacked, so it's all rather dubious...
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