[KL] Master Dan [StormCats] May 6, 2013 @ 2:37pm
Beware..here be Dragons...
I have to post a comment regarding the spammed links that are now infecting the Forums...There are no free gifts or Elder Scrolls Keys.

THIS IS A DANGEROUS ATTACK ON STEAM USERS, GUYS...

On my workshop items, like earlier on this year, I kept having to block, report delete countless spam links from my workshop items as everyone else on the workshop had to..

I have recently noticed a new emergence of the monsters' evil presence making an appearance AGAIN on the workshop recently. I post a comment of my own, warning all who pass through my item, NEVER EVER EVER TO CLICK ON THOSE LINKS. Why? Because, well..lemme say this...

A friend of mine on Steam unfortunately clicked on one of these links, poor bugger, and he told me that it was a nasty virus..now, I can't remember what exactly happened, but his computer DIED, and he had to replace most things on it...it was upsetting for him, and upsetting for me.

I just want this to be noted, that I and many others of you have recently noticed an emmergence of posts being made in the Forums here, not just in ES Forum, but right across the forums, saying, free this free that, just click on these links blah blah...

Once again, I just wanna help warn everyone on here:
DO NOT CLICK ON THOSE LINKS, THEY ARE NOT WHAT THEY SAY THEY ARE.

Feel free to comment, but that's all I wanted to say really :)
Too many nice people, some I personally know, are falling victim to these scams..and its not because they are stupid, it's because some of us are young and inexperienced in life, so please bear that in mind before commenting thanks...
Last edited by [KL] Master Dan [StormCats]; May 6, 2013 @ 2:41pm
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Amycus May 6, 2013 @ 3:00pm 
If something sounds like it's too good to be true, then it likely is. I agree that these scams are becoming a real menace when they are spammed everywhere, but the real problem is that people actually fall for these.

I'm not going to say that those who do click these links are dumb or anything like that, but I do think that they likely lack the experience to use the net safely. We have all been beginners once, but if you don't want to learn this the hard way, here are some guidelines to remember:

1) As already stated: If something sounds like it's too good to be true, then it likely is. In this case, think for a minute. WHY the heck would they be so "kind" to just spam on different sites and offer people free beta keys without any kind of return?
2) DON'T CLICK on random links posted by random users that you don't know very well. If it still feels too tempting to click it, then at least consider the next few pieces of advice.
3) Look at the user's profile to see if it's a "real" account. What other posts have this user made before (conveniently enough, you can easily see this on steam by just pressing the small arrow at the end of the username here and choose "view posts" to see this)? Was the account just created? Does the user even have any game at all on his account? If the user have only spammed the same copypasted message everywhere "get your free beta keys at...", and/or the account was only recently created with no games registered, then it should be obvious something is fishy.
4) If it is a hyperlink, right click and copy the web adress, and then paste it somewhere to say what it actually says. If it says something that seems completely different from what the poster described, you should once again be wary.
5) If nothing else, read the comments that follows, and see if they are mostly positive or negative.

If anyone has other tips of what to think on and watch out for, I would ask you to post it here as well.
hatchet5891 May 6, 2013 @ 3:01pm 
Though I agree these links are annoying and I think it's great you are making a point to everybody not to click on them, thank you for the warning. I was always somewhat curious what they were but never wanted to waste my time clicking on them.

On a second note though, I'm sorry to hear about your friends computer. Why didn't your friend just restore his computer with the restore disks? Viruses don't infect hardware, they only infect software. They can tax the system pretty hard but and maybe overheat a computer and to many times could maybe damage components like that. System restores suck, but they would have fixed his problem.

Anyways, good post and good watching out for everyone.
ARmodder PFC Collins [1st MEF] May 6, 2013 @ 3:03pm 
I hate people who put viruses in programs/adds what do people like that gain, I think if they find the person(s) who made this virus they should ban them from ever owning or accsessing a computer for the rest of their life
ARmodder PFC Collins [1st MEF] May 6, 2013 @ 3:08pm 
Originally posted by hatchet5891:
Though I agree these links are annoying and I think it's great you are making a point to everybody not to click on them, thank you for the warning. I was always somewhat curious what they were but never wanted to waste my time clicking on them.

On a second note though, I'm sorry to hear about your friends computer. Why didn't your friend just restore his computer with the restore disks? Viruses don't infect hardware, they only infect software. They can tax the system pretty hard but and maybe overheat a computer and to many times could maybe damage components like that. System restores suck, but they would have fixed his problem.

Anyways, good post and good watching out for everyone.

actually viruses can be programed to cause actual physical damage to your computer especially the hard drive, by causing an overload that can burn the Hard drive out and can also affect cooling systems, and in some cases the motherboard, most however just target software
ARmodder PFC Collins [1st MEF] May 6, 2013 @ 3:11pm 
Ok I just saw a discussion that mentions a free gift I havent actually clicked on the thread and i am very hesitant about doing so is there a way to just delete it from my profile
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