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I clicked on a bogus link in spam. What should I do?

Thanks for your incredibly helpful info on hacked email. I followed your
advice; changed my password and security questions and warned all of my
contacts. You wrote not to click on any links in spam email but I didn’t know
that the email from my cousin was spam and the link was disguised as an MSNBC
article so unfortunately, I clicked on the link. What should I do to find out
if I have malware like a key logger on my computer? Things seem ok so far; no
weird pop-ups or anything but I’m concerned. The hack occurred with my paid
email service through AT&T. I’m running Mac OSX 10.6.8.

In this excerpt from
Answercast #91
, I look at steps to take if you inadvertently click on a link
in a spam email.

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Clicked on a link in spam

Well, the good news here is that most malware is actually not targeted at the Macintosh.

There is malware out there, there’s just not a lot of it. You’re probably safe simply by virtue of having a Macintosh and having this happen on your Mac.

If you were on a PC, I would immediately say:

But those are all Windows answers. For Macintosh, like I said, this type of malware, the one that uses this kind of misdirected link, is in fact very rarely targeted at your Macintosh and you’re probably just fine.

(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)

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