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robhoran
10-24-2002, 02:45 PM
Over the last couple of days I have been receiving what can only be called some new kind of spamming method.

Suddenly a Windows 2000 message box appears with an advert in it. These are the kind of message boxes I normally get when my document is finsied printing on my laser printer, for example.

I guess I can turn of my Messenger service in Service Manager but I wondered if anybody else had seen any of these. My servers get it too.

Here is one I got today:

Application popup: Messenger Service : Message from DEGREES to 62.6.75.130 on 10/24/2002 10:50:13 AM

BACHELORS,MASTERS,MBA,DOCTORATE

Prestigious Non Accredited Universities...

Degrees Based On Life Experience.

No One Is Turned Down!

Call in the USA

602-212-6756
or
678-495-1594


For removal instructions email: gevalt1290@yahoo.com

MattC
10-24-2002, 03:00 PM
I've seen these, one popped up on the overhead during my java class :cool:

It offered us a college degree in days! :) :)

Mbarb
10-24-2002, 06:01 PM
They write better than I do...

Look Here (http://www.techtv.com/screensavers/answerstips/story/0,24330,3374542,00.html)

robhoran
10-25-2002, 05:55 AM
Whatever next.

I now get all sorts of spam:

- Junk Mail through the door
- Email
- Cold calls on my phone
- Text Messages on my cell phone
- and now "Net send" messages...great!

Junk Mail I can do something about, which can also help keep postal workers employed.

When you get 2 bits of junkmail through the door, say from VISA and an Insurance company, simply put the VISA blurb in the Insurance pre-paid enevelope and put the Insurance blurb in the VISA pre-paid envelope. Doesn't cost me a penny and hopefully if they get enough of this they will stop sending junk mail out on a non-targeted basis.

Czar
10-25-2002, 09:32 AM
I've received two of the messages thus far - both for the degree program.

While I don't personally see how these could be as cost-effective as traditional pops or banner ads, since few would respond to a phone-based call-for-action while online, they could create security risks by tapping into basic human weaknesses and disguising themselves as authentic network messages.

More on this is addressed in the following article from USA Today:
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2002-10-21-pop-up-spam_x.htm

Another problem is that net users unfamiliar with how the format differs from pops may imagine that the message has been spawned from a site they're visiting, which could further tarnish the property's image or otherwise associate the message with an apparently reputable source.

demae
10-30-2002, 07:05 PM
http://lina.aaanime.net/~pmak/tmp/spam.png

Does anyone know what that is, and how to get rid of it? It randomly pops up on my WinXP machine, about one every few days. It's always text-only. I don't think it's being caused by my web browser (Opera 6), because it happens when I'm not doing anything on the web too.

darnell
10-30-2002, 07:12 PM
You might want to read this (http://news.com.com/2100-1001-962483.html) .

Get a good firewall that refuses outside request ;) .

demae
10-30-2002, 07:17 PM
Someone suggested that I run "msconfig". I'll try using it to turn off the Messenger.

Steve_S
10-30-2002, 07:41 PM
AND, for some ideas and thoughts visit our other forums Direwall thread at:

http://www.geekvillage.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=18770

The Poll is on Firewalls :)

HTH

Jan
10-30-2002, 07:54 PM
This will explain how to get rid of it and prevent it happening again.

http://www.tweakxp.com/tweakdatabase/tweakdb_display.aspx?id=585&des=Disable%20Messenger%20SERVICE%20

demae
10-30-2002, 08:07 PM
Thanks, Jan. I managed to turn Messenger off.

darnell
10-31-2002, 01:00 PM
But will turning it off prevent applications from sending messages to you via a window? I mean applications on your PC.

demae
10-31-2002, 04:25 PM
It should only affect the ability of applications that are NOT running on your PC to send you messages.

zboca
10-31-2002, 10:21 PM
I've been getting quite a few of these, and I found myself writing a post several times, but I couldn't describe what the hell it was.
:confused:

Thanks-- messenger service now turned off :D

Jan
10-31-2002, 10:50 PM
Maybe TeamGeek can merge this with a similar thread in stop scum?


< Good idea Jan. Threads merged. Please forgive any minor confusion in the general flow of this conversation. >

njpete
11-01-2002, 06:16 PM
Thanx Jan,

I manged to turn Messenger off with that :)

Jan
11-02-2002, 04:59 AM
Great! :) How come I don't get these funky messages? I want one so I can disable it! :p

maddeningcrowds
11-02-2002, 05:38 AM
When you get 2 bits of junkmail through the door, say from VISA and an Insurance company, simply put the VISA blurb in the Insurance pre-paid enevelope and put the Insurance blurb in the VISA pre-paid envelope. Doesn't cost me a penny and hopefully if they get enough of this they will stop sending junk mail out on a non-targeted basis.

:o) That, my freind, is an exxxxxcellent piece of thinking!

darnell
11-02-2002, 04:32 PM
Why not just Opt-Out of mailings related to your credit? Much easier to do ;) . See the phone number in the fine print usually on the back of those card applications. When calling be sure to wait for the option that takes you off list forever. Not just for a couple years.

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