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Started by RosyLovelady on 16-Jan-2017 14:17:20
Who sent me this?

NoticeYour Searches May Be Tracked.Your browser, search history and habits may be tracked in order to build a profile on you.We highly recommend you click 'disable' to prevent companies from tracking you further.

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RosyLovelady - 16 Jan 2017 14:18:28 (#1 of 29)

Who are the "we" who are making this recommendation and should I accept it?

Tenesmus - 16 Jan 2017 14:19:43 (#2 of 29)

Er, was it an email, postcard, telegram...?

widenation - 16 Jan 2017 14:19:52 (#3 of 29)

Ignore it.

Brunothecat - 16 Jan 2017 14:20:01 (#4 of 29)

I would delete it without clicking, if it turned up here.

RosyLovelady - 16 Jan 2017 14:20:42 (#5 of 29)

Came up on my screen when I tried to get my usual Minesweeper grid.

Gotout - 16 Jan 2017 14:21:41 (#6 of 29)

Just because a box is labelled 'disable' doesn't necessary mean it will do that. It could for example be programmed to run an exe file to download malware.

Tenesmus - 16 Jan 2017 14:21:49 (#7 of 29)

Is it the Minesweeper that came with your device (PC, tablet, phone?) or did you download it?

RosyLovelady - 16 Jan 2017 14:22:38 (#8 of 29)

Downloaded a long time ago and since then recalled via history.

Tenesmus - 16 Jan 2017 14:24:52 (#9 of 29)

What sort of device is it? Windows PC, tablet or phone, Android phone or tablet, Apple computer, phone or tablet?

RosyLovelady - 16 Jan 2017 14:25:35 (#10 of 29)

PC, Tenesmus.

Tenesmus - 16 Jan 2017 14:30:10 (#11 of 29)

Is the message still on your screen? Is it within an internet browser window?

RosyLovelady - 16 Jan 2017 14:34:23 (#12 of 29)

Sorry, Ten, you've already lost me. It seems that it doesn't matter which minesweeperonline.com link I click on in my History, this message appears in the middle of an otherwise clear screen. Hope that makes sense.

Dayraven - 16 Jan 2017 14:37:15 (#13 of 29)

So it does sound like it's coming from the browser. That's rather less worrying than if it's directly on the desktop, though still don't click it.

LomaxFairchild - 16 Jan 2017 14:38:40 (#14 of 29)

minesweeperonline.com pops up a survey about crisps for me.

RosyLovelady - 16 Jan 2017 14:39:05 (#15 of 29)

This must be a heaven-sent opportunity to give up Minesweeper for ever.

SharkPatoo - 16 Jan 2017 14:39:43 (#16 of 29)

<Updates dossier>

RosyLovelady - 16 Jan 2017 14:42:57 (#17 of 29)

Mm, I saw you were one of the fastest contenders on the Beginners' leader board.

SharkPatoo - 16 Jan 2017 14:46:05 (#18 of 29)

Arf, you got me!

Tenesmus - 16 Jan 2017 14:46:31 (#19 of 29)

www.minesweeperonline.com is a very dodgy scam site. You should delete this from your history and go do something else instead...

MaryMC - 16 Jan 2017 14:47:49 (#20 of 29)

Might be worth installing malwarebytes in case you've picked up something nasty.

Wait till one of the experts confirms, though.

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