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Solved: Opening Spam to Determine Its Spamminess

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by DocStrange, Jan 22, 2011.

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    I opened a message, not knowing it was spam until I read the contents: Gmail did not filter it out, possibly because it was a new thing, I do not know. I did not click on any links contained inside of the email. Can something happen to my computer from just opening up an email in Gmail to check its contents so I can decide to mark it for spam in the first place?

    This spam email was sent to me because I used to write a blog a few years ago (it still exists but I have discontinued writing it) and it wanted to include me or something like that on a shady sounding site called newport[dot]vi. Upon reading just the first line and deciding it was spam, I marked it as spam and emptied my spam folder.

    I've always been confused about whether or not opening an email could infect a computer, and I do not detect any issues as of right now with my computer, or my Gmail account and AVG did not detect anything. I believe that if something would have been nasty like that, Gmail would have protected me.

    Did I do the right thing? Should I have opened an email I suspected as spam that Gmail did not filter as spam to determine if it is? Did it matter that I did not click on anything? And if I made the wrong choice, would AVG or Firefox or Malwarebytes have picked up whatever it planned on infecting me with?
     
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    OK, so i've scanned my system with Spybot, Malwarebytes and AVG and detected nothing (well, except for some routine tracking cookies during the Spybot scan), and I do not notice anything unusual with Gmail. However, I'm not going to open anything I suspect to be junk anymore (I only opened it for about five seconds).
     
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