Is this a virus/worm or spyware??

Every time I load or reload my “friends” page, I get a dialog box that claims to be from “Windows Security.” It says that “the server at Dueling Modems wants to authenticate you” and asks for a username/password. I don’t know where the heck this is coming from. The box goes on to say that the username/password will not be sent in a secure fashion. I click “Cancel” and it goes away. But I don’t like it popping up in the first place.

What the heck is the DM Message Board, and why would I be on it? I’m not on it, as far as I know. Is it because some journal on my friendslist is attached to the board? But I suspect something more sinister may be going on. I don’t want to just ignore it, in case there’s something sneakily trying to get passwords that way.

Interesting sidelight: The last two times I’ve rebooted, I’ve clicked to allow an update to Adobe Flash Player (“for security updates”). It strikes me as odd that Adobe would come up as “Unknown Publisher,” but I still was dumb enough to click. Didn’t notice any new function on the part of the flash player. Maybe that was really installing this? Whatever it is? Or maybe I’m paranoid.

I suppose I should google for “Dueling Modems.” Have to get back to you on that one.

Anyone know about this?

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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