[Nottingham] Can I really have spyware?

Graeme Fowler graeme at graemef.net
Wed Oct 22 14:39:26 UTC 2008

On Wed, 2008-10-22 at 15:05 +0100, Peter Chang wrote:
> It's frightware or scareware for the gullible MS Window users. Someone may 
> have posted a spam message on the blog you're after that does nefarious 
> things to your web browser. Just ignore it.

...by clicking the popup window's "close" box, instead of clicking
"cancel". The popups are clever [0], and "cancel" has the same action as
"OK". They're web forms, or clickable images rather than actual "OK" and
"Cancel" boxes that you're used to from an application point of view.

A giveaway is the fact that they're often formatted to look exactly like
Windows XP dialog boxes.

[0] Well, OK, maybe using the term clever is stretching things a


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