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klikster

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I get a number of Google alerts on a regular basis. Today I got a nasty one.

Background

A couple of months ago I somehow downloaded a trojan which compromised my desktop and allowed my Adwords account to be taken over.

Today

I believe I discovered how that happened. I have a series of Google Alerts. Today one of them, via email, sent an alert that had malware associated with it. On mouseover, one of those URLs attempted to make a network connection to my PC. (Comodo asked if I wanted to join the network.)

When my account was hacked, I was using ZoneAlarm .. which the Trojan apparently disabled.

Be careful - I reported this to Google in hopes that they will consider checking the emails they send out as alerts.

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