Has Google asked to control your computer?

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posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 12:53 PM
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So, I was reading my e-mail and all of a sudden a box pops up that basically says (I kid you not)

' 'Google would like to control the computer you are currently using' '


There was a 'clicky' that said something like, 'download application'

and another 'clicky' that said, "Deny"....


Now all of that is paraphrased, because the only words I specifically remember were "Google", "control", "computer", and "Deny"..

...but I know I am not mistaken in what that pop-up box was asking me...

Anyone know anything about this?


p.s. mods I wasn't sure where to put this, please move wherever you like...
edit on 6-2-2014 by lostgirl because: addendum




posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 12:57 PM
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lostgirl
So, I was reading my e-mail and all of a sudden a box pops up that basically says (I kid you not)
' 'Google would like to control the computer you are currently using' '


Without seeing a screenshot it could be a few things:

1. Malware/phishing attempt
2. A valid control asking to download
3. Did I say a malware/phishing attempt?



posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 01:01 PM
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reply to post by lostgirl
 


All i got when I went to Google was:



OP sounds likes a malware scam of some type. You may need to run an AV scan on the system. Never click a box like that, kill it with task manager.



posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 01:03 PM
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Before you go any further - If you don’t have Malwarebytes? Get it.

It’s free and is SOOOO good at removing creepy spyware, malware, virus, etc.

Here's the link and GOOD LUCK!

Malwarebytes

Before I go?

There's also Spybot - Search & Destroy - again FREE - and if you download and install both of these, run them independently and still have a problem? Let us know!

Again, GOOD LUCK!

peace



posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 01:07 PM
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reply to post by opethPA
 


It sure didn't seem like anything that 'innocent'...I mean, it wasn't like a pop-up advertisement...You couldn't ignore it and continue doing anything...

It just didn't have that "phishing" 'look' to it...looked very 'official', like when you get Adobe or Windows 'updates'...Or the boxes that ask if you want to do your software back-ups and you click 'now' or 'later'...

There was no 'X' in a corner to just close out of it, you had to either agree to the 'installation' (again don't remember wording in first 'clicky') or you could "Deny"...



posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 01:11 PM
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Bassago
reply to post by lostgirl
 


All i got when I went to Google was:



OP sounds likes a malware scam of some type. You may need to run an AV scan on the system. Never click a box like that, kill it with task manager.

No..the box didn't look like that at all, I mean it really looked 'officially' "Google" and unfortunately, I have no idea how to do anything with a "task manager"...

But thank you for the warning!



posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 01:13 PM
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lostgirl
reply to post by opethPA
 

It just didn't have that "phishing" 'look' to it...looked very 'official', like when you get Adobe or Windows 'updates'...Or the boxes that ask if you want to do your software back-ups and you click 'now' or 'later'...




That is the point of good phishing attempts, they look exactly like you would expect them too (there is no such thing as a phishing look). If they did not, no one would ever click them. If google was trying to do something nefarious, why would they ask? Why not say content update or something to the affect.
edit on 6-2-2014 by faradaycage because: (no reason given)



posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 01:14 PM
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silo13
Before you go any further - If you don’t have Malwarebytes? Get it.

It’s free and is SOOOO good at removing creepy spyware, malware, virus, etc.

Here's the link and GOOD LUCK!

Malwarebytes

Before I go?

There's also Spybot - Search & Destroy - again FREE - and if you download and install both of these, run them independently and still have a problem? Let us know!

Again, GOOD LUCK!

peace

Thank you so much for these links!!! I will have to get the house IT (my husband) on it!



posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 01:16 PM
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faradaycage

lostgirl
reply to post by opethPA
 

It just didn't have that "phishing" 'look' to it...looked very 'official', like when you get Adobe or Windows 'updates'...Or the boxes that ask if you want to do your software back-ups and you click 'now' or 'later'...

That is the point of good phishing attempts, they look exactly like you would expect them too. If they did not, no one would ever click them. If google was trying to do something nefarious, why would they ask? Why not say content update or something to the affect.

Well, but wouldn't the 'phish-er' be breaking copywrite law by using the "Google" branding?
edit on 6-2-2014 by lostgirl because: spelling



posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 01:17 PM
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Are you being serious? You have to be a troll... right? Someone that is breaking hacking and terrorist laws by trying to hack your computer and you think they are worried about copy right law?



posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 01:21 PM
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Hands down the safest way to maintain your computer is to only go to porn sites you trust...seriously..thats it...you dont even need spyware protection....



posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 01:23 PM
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Hi.

Next time a similar thing happens, hit Alt F4
It will fastly close the program you are using, protecting you hopefully !

I am serious !!

You said

...looked official...
That IS exactly what "they" want: to seem official !

When/if that happens again, do hit Alt F4.

One day I was at my PC, and the mouse's arrow began to move ALONE.
I IMMEDIATELY unplugged the modem!! closed the PC normaly
and I reBOOTed in Linux !!

I RARELY surf on the web with WinXP. . . I do it mostly in Linux !!!!
!! WAY much safer !!

Blue skies.



posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 01:23 PM
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I agree, I do not have any active virus scanner ( and have not in many years) and only run scans about once a month and they never find anything. I use torrent sites and download just about every kind of file, I am just smart about it.



posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 01:25 PM
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faradaycage
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Are you being serious? You have to be a troll... right? Someone that is breaking hacking and terrorist laws by trying to hack your computer and you think they are worried about copy right law?

LOLOLOL!!
No I'm not a troll....I'm a technology challenged, middle-aged, housewife!

I have no idea, except that it was very, very weird and utterly unlike anything that has ever 'popped up' on my computer screen...



posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 01:27 PM
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Thank you!!!! I will remember that "Alt F4"....


Uuuhmmm....I don't have an "Alt" button...what else might it be labeled? "command"? "control"? "option"?
edit on 6-2-2014 by lostgirl because: oh dear



posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 01:32 PM
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P.S. Everyone, I was not on any 'odd' websites, just checking Yahoo mailbox...



posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 01:34 PM
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If you are on a PC, the alt button is on both sides of the spacebar.. on a Mac the command (apple key) W closes the current window and command (apple key) Q quits the current application



posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 01:35 PM
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lostgirl
reply to post by opethPA
 


It sure didn't seem like anything that 'innocent'...I mean, it wasn't like a pop-up advertisement...You couldn't ignore it and continue doing anything...

It just didn't have that "phishing" 'look' to it...looked very 'official', like when you get Adobe or Windows 'updates'...Or the boxes that ask if you want to do your software back-ups and you click 'now' or 'later'...

There was no 'X' in a corner to just close out of it, you had to either agree to the 'installation' (again don't remember wording in first 'clicky') or you could "Deny"...



Everything you describe indicates that it's malware.
Why? BECAUSE ITS MALWARE



posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 01:36 PM
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lostgirl

faradaycage

lostgirl
reply to post by opethPA
 

It just didn't have that "phishing" 'look' to it...looked very 'official', like when you get Adobe or Windows 'updates'...Or the boxes that ask if you want to do your software back-ups and you click 'now' or 'later'...

That is the point of good phishing attempts, they look exactly like you would expect them too. If they did not, no one would ever click them. If google was trying to do something nefarious, why would they ask? Why not say content update or something to the affect.

Well, but wouldn't the 'phish-er' be breaking copywrite law by using the "Google" branding?
edit on 6-2-2014 by lostgirl because: spelling

This is the most innocent thing I've heard here in a while.



posted on Feb, 6 2014 @ 01:37 PM
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faradaycage
reply to post by cosmicexplorer
 


I agree, I do not have any active virus scanner ( and have not in many years) and only run scans about once a month and they never find anything. I use torrent sites and download just about every kind of file, I am just smart about it.


I got my antivirus from a torrent site hahaha
Im the same way though, I leave it uninstalled, but occasionally I install it to run a scan.
If you know what to look for, malware virus programs etc are relatively easy to dodge.





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