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Subject:If I Did It PDF question From:"Lauren" <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net> To:"'techwr-l List'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Wed, 16 Apr 2008 14:30:18 -0700
This isn't exactly technical writing, but I am looking at contract jobs
online and my web browser crashed while opening the page of one employer
(Adecco E&T), so my concern is job search-related. The crash appears to
have been caused by the IfIDidIt.pdf automatic download thing that keeps
going around. I don't know if it is a virus or worm or ad gremlin or what.
I can't find anything about it online and I don't know what to call the
Here's what happens. I click a link for a site, an automatic download
begins, the web browser crashes, and there's (oh look, irony) IfIDidIt.pdf
in my downloads folder. I was afraid to open the pdf because I thought it
was a virus. So now, I opened the file to view it in Acrobat and I see that
it is really the OJ Simpson book, although it may have something hacky
attached to it. It doesn't look like anything is attached to it. The file
was created 6/13/07 with OmniPage Pro.
So now I have questions.
* I apparently have an unauthorized copy of the book, do I kick $20 or
whatever to the Ron Goldman Foundation to stay legal?
* This download occurs frequently, so how do I prevent the automatic
download of this book in the future?
* Has anyone else heard about this issue?
* I run ad-aware, spy doctor, and mcafee, is there anything else I should do
to protect myself?
* Does anyone know why this book is circulating through the Internet? Do
you think somebody is trying to undermine book sales?
I guess I'll avoid links to Adecco for a little bit.
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