Today, I received an email from someone with no subject and when I opened it,
it directed me to a website. As I have a lot of bridge acquaintances, I thought
nothing of it, but I have Avast and low and behold, it immediately showed a
notice that there was a Trojan. I immediately closed it. Now I thought, “What
should I do?” Can I notify someone? Report it to someone? Spam it? What’s the
Reporting a Trojan
So, there’s really nobody to notify. Trust me. The people that you would notify are already well aware of these kinds of things, simply because they are so common. There are so many of these things going on.
You might say, “If they already know, then why aren’t they doing something about it?”
Trust me, they’re working as hard as they can. This is an incredibly complex thing to try and resolve.
The spam problem
Spammers are often overseas.
They have hidden themselves very well behind both technical and legal shields.
Many countries simply don’t have the same laws that you and I might consider to be very basic to the operation of the internet.
Many countries don’t have the infrastructure to be able to begin to address these kinds of problems.
So, at any rate, there’s nobody to report it to.
Check for infection
What you should do (since you clicked on the link) is be very, very watchful for a while to make sure that there’s nothing going on.
Make sure that they’re run and make sure that they are up-to-date so that they’re scanning for the latest versions of all the different kinds of malware that are out there.
I might consider running the free tool from Malwarebytes.org in addition to whatever tools you’re running now.
Mark it as spam
- And finally, yes, in your mail program, whatever program that might be, I would recommend that you take that message and simply mark it as spam.
That way, the system (whatever system you’re running) will begin to learn that messages like this are (to you) spam. In fact, they’re not just spam, they’re dangerous.
That way, your personal email program is learning what is spam. You will eventually not see these kinds of messages. They will automatically get filtered and put into your junk mail folder.
If you’re using a service like Hotmail or Yahoo or Gmail, marking something as spam helps the entire system understand that this is spam. The same thing will happen, not only for you, but for other users of that system. Emails of this type will be automatically identified as spam and thrown into your spam or junk mail folder.
That’s all you can do
But, that’s really all you need to do. Be cautious, mark it as spam, and as the rest of the world already know, there’s really no one to notify.
Next from Answercast 34 – What’s the best way to clear my hard drive of everything but the operating system?