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This morning, I received an invitation from a friend to join

I like to discover new "networking" sites and the way they each have their own flavor.  So I joined in.

The registration is nice and works as expected for a "corporate application".   After all, a site that uses SSL and "TRUSTe CERTIFIED PRIVACY" must be in the right path, right?

The first thing I should have done is check the "web" for known privacy concerns or blogs that talk about it, but I didn't and shame of me, mea culpa.

Once registered I did what I like to do when I join a new "networking" site, use the contact discovery tool that most have.  As you may know, it's a functionality that downloads the contacts from another web site (gmail, hotmail, yahoo, linkedin, facebook, etc.) and offers you a few options.

The first thing most applications will do is tell you which downloaded contacts are already registered and offer you to "connect" with them.

The second thing most applications will do is offer you too choose the "un-registered" users in order to send them an invitation to join.  The better applications will give you the ability to customize the message these people will see.  It's particularly useful when the site isn't in the same language as the contacts you're inviting.  right?

Well, from my experience with, the contact discovery utility is a virus or Trojan.  The site sent an email to everyone in my downloaded contact list without asking me first !

To everyone that received the reunions invitation on my behalf, I'm sorry.....  it won't happen again, trust me !

Shame on you 

1 minute after finding out this problem, I unregistered from the site, hopping that the site was not a spamming site disguised as ligit site.  Let's just say that I changed the password on the "contact list's web site" just in case.

Not impressed.


Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2008 11:28 AM | Back to top

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i also took a look at this website. i joined, but skipped the section with my email address and password. when i finished, my computer did a little freak-out. i was immediately concerned and opened my anti-virus software for a scan. it found three infected files with trojan.killproc!
Ideas to remove?
Left by george on Aug 06, 2008 11:52 AM

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I ihad the same experience. There should be a law against this!
Left by Jan on Feb 16, 2009 2:52 PM

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Registering and getting your own profile on a new site has its own pattern challenges and attractions. I always enjoy the fact that most of the registration application forms ask you about your interests. Then you can choose to subscribe to receiving news concerning the interest fields you checked. And then you always receive best wishes on your birthday from them.
Left by file extension software on Mar 30, 2011 8:43 AM

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Is very important your antivirus to have good antispyware management, because a lot of pockets are sent in totally different points that we want. I recommend Norton Symantec antivirus in trial version for cleaning computer and Avast free version after that. Of course, everyone can make a different choice.
Left by delaco on Jun 08, 2011 2:33 AM

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