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Postby J1 » Tue Aug 07, 2007 7:51 pm

...don't respond to it!

Please do not post in spam threads! Just report them to a moderator and ignore them.

If you are not sure it's spam and aren't sure what to look for, as a general rule anytime a new poster posts a link, it's going to be spam 99.75% of the time.

Posting in spam topics makes sure they stay at the top of the list, exposing the spam to more forum users, which is a bad thing.

Also this: never click a link in a spam post. If you are not sure if it's spam, just as a general rule don't click a link posted by anyone new until the poster has been proven to be legit. If they aren't legit their posts will probably disappear in a few hours.

Not only may spam links lead to pages with spyware and viruses, the action of clicking the link can reveal the source (this forum) to the spammer, thus attracting even more spam to this forum.

Always check any links before clicking with a mouseover preview (the URL should show at the bottom of your browser). You can usually get a good idea of what the link will be by the name of the link, but if you are not familiar with the address in the link, don't click the link.

If you accidentally click a link and something starts downloading, get the hell out of there! Close window, CTRL-ALT-DEL, or do whatever you have to do to stop it. Then run to update and check your anti-virus program and check your computer for infection.
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