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#133430 22-Oct-2013 10:48
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So I recieved an email yesterday from:, with the name: Marc Anderson

As follows: 

Good day,

This is Marc Andersen head of the R and D section for HP Computers. We sincerely apologize for this unsolicited email. However, as the official research and development team for HP, we feel it is our sole responsibility to issue this advisory not only to our loyal customers but to all computer users as well.

We have been getting reports over the last week of the sudden emergence of a new version of the Blackmal computer virus. This virus infects the computer's core and deletes files with such precision that even the most popular security program out there can't prevent or even detect.

As of the moment we have received over a million confirmed reports of total computer data wipe out without the chance of file recovery. Please be aware that besides HP computers, we have also received reports coming from other brand users as well.

This is very serious.

Currently, there are only a very few antivirus software that are capable in blocking this virus - 3 to be exact. So we took it upon ourselves to test and research the capabilities of each antivirus program. Rigorous split testing has been done on each program and based on our findings we have found out that Kaspersky Antivirus is the only one capable of deleting the virus in the core processor.

So at this point we highly advise that you secure a copy of the software ASAP. We want to stress out that we are not in any way affiliated with Kaspersky. The reason for our recommendation solely revolves around our best efforts to protect all computer users. If you already own the Kaspersky antivirus program, you may still need to update. You can get your copy via the link below.


It is very important that you install the program as soon as possible as your computer's information and security are at stake. If you have questions or clarifications, please don't hesitate to email us at

Please add our email address to your contact list to make sure that you will be receiving our updates in the next few weeks. Furthermore, please forward this email to your friends and relatives to spread the word of this issue. Rest assured we are doing everything we can to resolve this, and we highly appreciate your patience and cooperation during these times.

I clicked the link (which I've removed) and it redirected a few times, and went to a Kaspersky order page, not some fake one but a real one as it was secured and everything. The order had already been set to buy some antivirus software and backup programme.

I'm really confused about this, what is the point? They're getting me to buy Kaspersky from the real site? They wont get anything out of this from what I can see?

Did anyone else get this email? I asked my family and none of them received it. Its the first spam email thats gone right to my inbox for my email. 


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  #919587 22-Oct-2013 11:10
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looks like its a scam

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  #919588 22-Oct-2013 11:17
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it's a scam for sure, they're probably using an affiliate link or something to get some $$ per sale or something.


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  #919590 22-Oct-2013 11:24
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 Definately a scam. Did some research with Google and it Directed to FP suppport forums. If I have read it correctly even the Kapersky site is a phishing sight

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  #919775 22-Oct-2013 16:35
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If they aren't using an affiliate link then it is probably loading malware from all those sites in the redirect before landing your browser in a seemingly "safe" webpage.

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  #919890 22-Oct-2013 19:41
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"We want to stress out that we are not in any way affiliated with Kaspersky"

Great corporate grammar!

There's no one called Marc Andersen at HP

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  #920080 23-Oct-2013 07:37
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Google is your friend :)

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