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Phishing, Spam and Hoaxes / Where Have All the Spammers Gone?
« on: May 09, 2021, 02:16:53 AM »
It started about 15 months ago; I started getting between 25-30 spam posted daily to my e-mail spam folder. I never opened them. I tried to ignore them for a while but the spams kept on coming. I then tried to erase them every morning, but again there was no noticeable reduction in the frequency of spams. Finally, I decided to change my email but having had that address close to three decades, I had to venture with prudence lest I miss an email from a long lost friend.

Suddenly, Out of nowhere, they stopped! I'd like to take credit for forcing the culprits to mend their evil ways (LOL) but I feel there may have another event that stopped the spams. Does anyone know of a recent crack-down on 'boiler room operations.'

When my wife turns on her Dell laptop (Inspiron 5567), she gets the following message in the top left corner: "Initializing storage box." Then the screen flashes "hard drive not installed" and a "continue" button aoppears. When she clicks on "continue" it takes her to a "play" button to run system scan but whether she clicks on it or not the laptop just shuts down.

We would like to be able to retrieve the data on her hard drive as she had just downloaded all her pictures from her cell phone two days earlier and then, unfortunately, cleared everything on her phone.

Phishing, Spam and Hoaxes / Date of Birth
« on: September 13, 2017, 09:54:44 PM »
For the past couple of days, every time I attempt to login to my Microsoft Hotmail e-mail account, I'm stopped and asked for my date of birth. After reading about all the recent corporate hacking, I am worried about giving them any personal information. Has anyone else had a similar request from Microsoft?

I've been having problems logging into my Hotmail and Outlook e-mail accounts. To make a long story short, here's a summary of my observations along with some comments. I have a 3 year old Dell PC running on Windows 10 with Internet Explorer 11 and McAfee security software offered by Cox Communications.   

Some 2 months ago I starting noticing a slowness in opening my MSN e-mail accounts (1 hotmail and 1 Outlook). It seems to me the system is slowest on weekday evenings and most of weekends. It would sometimes take over 15-minutes to get to my in-box. I would then have to wait another 15-30 minutes or longer for the icons on the top left to appear before I can read or reply to my e-mails. On bad days I'm unable to open my e-mail at all. After opening one of my e-mail accounts, opening the second one takes a lot longer.

At first I attributed the slow response to Microsoft upgrading their website but since the problem has persisted, I've discounted that possibility. Could the culprit be my security software? If so, how come everything else, including my Yahoo e-mail, appears to running smoothly. Another possibility might be a site-specific virus that targets the Outlook website. I've thought about abandoning Hotmail and migrating to different e-mail but after using Hotmail for over two decades that'll be painful. Has anyone else been in this horrible situation? I welcome anyone with an insight into the root cause of this problem to please voice their opinion.

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