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[Solved] Dangerous? Do we need to do something?

PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:47 pm
by acknak
See: viewtopic.php?p=212816#p212816

Even though we warn users that everything here is "at your own risk", I feel uneasy about leaving posts like this.

It certainly could be legitimate, but there is absolutely no way that I would trust my system to run some unknown, system-patching software from some unknown web site.

Any ideas how to evaluate the situation? The web site it links to looks ok, but it still seems suspicious to me--it looks too nice ;-)

Should we remove the post? It doesn't look to be spam, as such.

Add a warning message?

Re: Dangerous? Do we need to do something?

PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:59 pm
by thomasjk
I've reported posts like this before. I believe they are just spam quite frankly.

Re: Dangerous? Do we need to do something?

PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:01 pm
by floris v
+1

Re: Dangerous? Do we need to do something?

PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:09 pm
by RoryOF
I've had a look again. The information given is OK, as far as I know, but the link at the bottom of the referenced page is to commercial software. Delete the posting!

Re: Dangerous? Do we need to do something?

PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:19 pm
by FJCC
The language of the last post sets off my spam alarm.
it attract me and i get all that fixing tools which i want to find this site its really good for my PC.

I also notice that the signatures of the last two posts show they use Office 2007 and Office 2010. They just happened to stop by an OpenOffice.org forum and posted these helpful messages? I vote to delete.

Re: Dangerous? Do we need to do something?

PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:53 pm
by acknak
Ok, thanks for taking a look. Someone's moved it to the "deleted" area now.

Re: Dangerous? Do we need to do something?

PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:03 pm
by Hagar Delest
+1. I've deleted some of them already and banned OP (I've banned this OP right now too, was already in the deleted area BTW).
I had the same feeling than acknak at the beginning when they first appeared but there has been a bunch of identical posts that rang the spam bell...

Re: Dangerous? Do we need to do something?

PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:21 am
by RoryOF
A good decision. Obviously spam, supported by the presence of an identical post on the old forum
http://www.oooforum.org/forum/viewtopic.phtml?p=459109#459109
except for the error number.

Re: Dangerous? Do we need to do something?

PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:32 pm
by Hagar Delest
RoryOF wrote:A good decision. Obviously spam, supported by the presence of an identical post on the old forum
http://www.oooforum.org/forum/viewtopic.phtml?p=459109#459109

Has been deleted already!

Re: Dangerous? Do we need to do something?

PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 1:37 pm
by floris v
Thanks for pointing that one out.

Re: Dangerous? Do we need to do something?

PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:26 pm
by RoryOF

Re: Dangerous? Do we need to do something?

PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:33 pm
by Hagar Delest
Done for that one too.

Re: Dangerous? Do we need to do something?

PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 4:56 pm
by acknak
RoryOF wrote:Another one of the same format

Ok, that seals it: it's a scam. Good to be sure; thanks for point it out!

Re: Dangerous? Do we need to do something?

PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:09 pm
by RoryOF
In all cases the referenced link led to a commercial system recovery tool, the same tool in all cases.