Virus and Malware city!!

Taveira, Marcus taveira at
Wed Jul 23 02:00:34 EDT 2014


I'd like to understand why I am in copy on these messages?

I have sent a support request once my pidgin does not accept the diacritics
for Portuguese language, and I receive a reply that there is nothing to do
with my enquire...

Could you please focus on my question?

Thank you,

Marcus Taveira
AVAST Software s.r.o.
Budejovická 1518/13A
140 00 Prague, Czech Republic

2014-07-23 3:04 GMT+02:00 Barrett, William (Bill) <wbarrett at

> Mark,
> Sorry - right, the details of a Viral download could be helpful -
> it took me a while to piece it together - still not certain exactly what
> happened.
> The issue is related to ads, which change,
> so I can't really get the same pages on a repetition.
> CNet and Java demonstrate this draconian approach -
> I also feel bad about missing it - I let my guard down at Source Forge.
> The paradigm of my "illness" begins with workflow psychology:
> 1: I click "Download",
>     and then I switch attention, expecting the download to take a while
> 2: Next, the network stalls [somewhere] for some reason
> 3: I "glance" back at the screen some time later,
>           and see zero progress, it's not yet on the browser status bar
>     I see the expected: "If Download Fails to start then click ..."
>     so I click the nearest "Download" button, [did I this time? I don't
> know],
>     maybe click twice as it seems to not accept the first click,
>     - (I once caught some script playing that game)
> 4:Finally, a flurry of downloading starts, so I bounce to other work
> 5: Now a few other windows pop up, looking like install windows,
>     and offer other software - see Sun/Oracle downloads -
>     I attempt to steer through this - oddly still not alarmed, [my bad
> again]
> 6: However, If a bounced <Enter> or <click> gets in (see 3 above), the
> virus gets invited
> 7. I honestly don't recall adding any downloads,
>     but the pigin install was intermixed with these other windows -....
> 7. BUT, the point is that this has become a dangerous site
>     one which deploys a framework which is exploited to launch a virus.
> I'm not incensed and I somewhat understand how this can happen -
> although there is definitely at least one bad guy there -
> I just want to avoid her/him/them for now.
> The neighborhood was much nicer and safer before they put up the
> billboards - you know?
> But, need the revenue, sigh...
> Kindly,
> -  Bill
> )O(
> )O(  Bill Barrett
> )O(  Qualcomm - Engineer, Sr Staff
> )O(  wbarrett at
> )O( 949-444-1465
> )O(
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mark Doliner [mailto:mark at]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 4:33 PM
> To: Barrett, William (Bill)
> Cc: Dennis Carr; Daniel Atallah; support at
> Subject: Re: Virus and Malware city!!
> Hi Bill. It's still not clear to me what happened.
> If indeed something (e.g. a malicious advertisement) redirected you from
> the SourceForge website to a malicious website then please inform
> SourceForge. With steps on how someone might reproduce the problem, if
> possible. Maybe a screenshot of the malicious ad, operating system and
> browser name and version, etc.
> If this isn't what happened then please provide us with more information.
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