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In Progress Yahoo homepage click redirect to Red warning screen + 90 DLs

Discussion in 'Virus & Other Malware Removal' started by PacerFan1, Jun 4, 2018.

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  1. PacerFan1

    PacerFan1 Thread Starter

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    Hello everyone,

    Just now I accidentally clicked on something which must have been a "sponsored ad" on Yahoo's homepage and before I knew what was happening, it redirected me to one of those red security alert pages. I probably should have read some of it so I could've provided more details, but I think there was a phone number and the standard scam stuff.. I usually just quickly X this out, which I did (am I wrong to discount these potential "threats" in general?)

    What made this different is that without confirmation pop-ups from windows, it downloaded 90 very small files (I think they were 2 bytes each, though in file explorer it has them listed at 1 kb)

    I ran a Windows Defender "Quick Scan" which has up to date updates. It found 0 threats it says.

    How do I proceed? Just delete the files? How concerned should I be?

    Here is a screenshot of the files it downloaded:

    https://imgur.com/a/joZQ7Ti

    Thanks for reading, would appreciate any help
     
  2. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    right click one of those files & select open in notepad

    post the details back here so we can 100% advise you,
    My gut feeing is they are some sort of tracking file that is safe to delete with no further problems

    Windows explorer can only display a file size as 1kb minimum, but file details will show the correct size
     
  3. PacerFan1

    PacerFan1 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for your help. Ok, so I think this is good news: I randomly chose 5 of them to open in notepad and literally each one just had "42" (without quotation marks) written..

    Just delete them all?
     
  4. dvk01

    dvk01 Moderator Malware Specialist

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    just delete them
     
  5. PacerFan1

    PacerFan1 Thread Starter

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    All set, thanks again.

    Is it not surprising that this issue came via Yahoo? I would have thought such a well established news/entertainment site would have checks in place to prevent these types of situations. I hadn't had this happen on Yahoo prior to this incident, but then also couple of days later after posting here, I was again redirected to a similar screen from Yahoo, which said data was compromised, etc. etc. and to call this number to solve the problem. No automatic downloads though.. I haven't seen any issues with computer performance, so I'm not worried about it. But I guess if there's a reason to stop using yahoo, this would be it.
     
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