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I've added an FAQ on computer security below.
UPDATE: I've added a section on What is a "Keylogger virus" and how to get rid of it below.

Today I've deleted nearly 20 spam comments, advertising anything from "work at home" to "lose weight now" with a link provided.

They look like this

Spamalot by RobynRose

If you get comments like this, DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK. REPORT THEM AS SPAM.

Spamalot2 by RobynRose

It looks like the link is hijacking legit accounts instead of creating new empty ones, to post, so be very aware. You could be getting bad links from friends ar accounts with actual content like avatars and art. It's not just empty accounts with weird number-names that are a part of this spam-wave.
If your friend sends you something suspicious, send them a message back asking about it instead of just opening it.
If you have clicked anything suspicious, as always, run a virus check and change your password.
It looks like the suspicious links end in ".tk" so roll your mouse over the link to see the extension. However, that doesn't necessarily mean other extensions are automatically safe ".com" ".gov" etc.
Clicking on the link may take you to a blank page with no content on it. That is not the purpose of the site. The purpose is to install a keylogger onto your computer. if you clicked on any links, you may have a keylogger virus.

Be on the lookout during a phishing wave. Hopefully DA will deal with the issue behind the influx of spam soon.

If you are getting messages that look similar to this with a mysterious link attached, they are probably part of the phishing scam. This list is not comprehensive, so be aware of things that look similar.

Look what i found here
Look what i found

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I am my own boss
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Your question here
If you don't believe (random name)'s story, look at (random name)! They earn (random money amount) with (url)
I had reached the end of the line I took my chances with this now I make all the calls just picture the possibilities
I had finally hit rock bottom I was able to regain my independence using this these days im making my way to the top take a look at what I mean
I kept telling myself things would get better my expectations were more than exceeded this is proof that miracles do exist seriously consider this
I had tried everything because of this im always one step ahead ive finally reached the top keep this between us
I found an easy answer to our problems. Look at this I already started
I had to prove that I could amount to something I was so lucky to have found this now nobody disrespects me you can have a chance too
I had reached my wits end I cant believe how much this exceeded expectations my success was effortless just wanted to share the wealth

Ok so what is this virus? It's what's known as a Keylogger. A keylogger is a small program that can easily be downloaded onto a computer that can record keystrokes and mouse clicks. This means that it will record when you enter in your username and password into a field, such as DA's login page. A Keylogger virus will forward this information to a thief (either a person, or a program designed to collect usernames, as with this wave of spam). The scary thing about keyloggers is that they're not specific about what they record. If you type your DA password, it will have your DA password. If you type your email password, it will have your email. And inside of your email are often confirmation records of other sites and passwords. So, if you have a keylogger and don't know it, you will be repeatedly giving away multiple passwords to the program.

The nature of this program is why it is important to comletely remove the keylogger BEFORE you change your password. If you change your password while the keylogger is still installed, it will simply send your new password to the collection. And it will probably have your email password now to boot.

How to Detect and Remove a Keylogger

If you suspect you have a keylogger installed on your computer, one way to bypass it is to scramble your password as you type it.

Example: If your password is 55abrahamlincoln55

Then type in "lincoln"

Then click to the begining and add "abrahamlincoln"

Then click to either side and add "55abrahamlincoln55"

A simple keystroke logger will only log your keystrokes as you type them. Typing your password out of order can confuse the program. This is a safety precaution to take if you think you might be infected, it is NOT a way to avoid the keylogger altogether.

Another way to avoid keyloggers is to use your computer's onscreen keyboard.

To type without using the keyboard

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  • Open On-Screen Keyboard by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, clicking Ease of Access, and then clicking On-Screen Keyboard.


1) If I accidentally click on a link but only go to DA's exit page am I infected?

No. Just leave the page and do not go further. That's what DA's exit page is for.

2) Can I get a keylogger on my mac / android / mobile device?

Unfortunately, I don't know. I only use a PC.

3) Should I hide comments and block them or report them as spam?

Report them as spam. Reporting these comments does three things
- It automatically hides the comment, preventing other users from seeing the links and clicking on them.
- It automaticlaly blocks the user.
- It sends a notification to DA staff to investigate the comment and deal with the spammer.

If you only choose to block and hide, you are not letting DA staff know about the problem with the account. Always report as spam.

4) What sort of security measures can I take?

There are numerous rather effective addons for browsers that can help with security.
NoScript for Firefox and Chrome work by disabling automatic scripts running in the background.
Adblockplus is great for popups and can block some malicious ads.
AVG is a free anti-virus software. I don't use it, and so I cannot comment on how effective it is.
I personally use Norton Internet Security.

As with all of these things, just having the program doesn't necessarily protect you. You need to go in and look at the settings to see what it is allowing and what it is blocking. You can search for guides on what each setting does and how to customize your anti-virus settings.

5) I have kaspersky ( the latest version ) and It says my computer does scans every hour, and everything seems to be in check, and I'm doing a full scan now, and everything is ok, does this mean I'm safe?

I don't know, check your settings to see what it's scanning for. Also see if it has a list of detected and quarantined items. Norton regularly deletes tracking cookies from my PC and lets me know in a report. If it removed a keylogger from me, it would say. But if it didn't, I either never had one, or it couldn't find it.

6) My account has been hacked. I'm only on because the hacker is off. What do I do?

If you cannot scan and remove the keylogger, try to access a PC that is clean (avoid public computers and networks) and change your password. If there is no keylogger, the new password will not be sent to the hacker. Go back to your old device and clear it of the infection using anti-virus software. If it's really bad, you can take it in to a computer doctor, but you'll be paying money.
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Argodeon Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I just wanted to ask you a question, I know that this journal is reallu old, but are keyloggers downloaded discreetly?
RobynRose Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016
depending on what you're using, PC, mobile or tablet, what OS, and what security features, yes. It is possible for them to download onto your computer without you knowing. However, most security programs have some ability to prevent or detect these.
Argodeon Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Alright I see, thanks for telling me! ^^
Matamata9001 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015
Google Chrome is immune, so long as you don't clear your cache.
ChiceyDice1234 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Microsoft Security is from Microsoft themselves, and they use the info from the stuff they remove to help. So if one person gets a new virus that nobody else has gotten, they sed the info to Microsoft to help others. It god rid of a virus that slowed down everything and made random ads play in the background.
soumatsushima97 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Student General Artist
How about the forever logged account?
I mean, the computer know that it's my account that opened it. Blah, hard to say.

Mozilla had that "remember password", will that be detected too?
gamera68 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What about Journals that claim a hacker is on the
loose here on dA and the Journal says since you already
read it, the hacker will hack your dA account.

(Not word for word - but you understand what I'm trying to say)

So what's up with that?
Does anybody know?
RobynRose Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Depending on the way it's written, that just sounds like scare copypasta. To infect your computer, you usually need to click a link that gets past your security.
gamera68 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, thanks for clearing it up - but I have seen numerous copies
of the same Journal in my messages from different members of the site.

Either way, it still looks suspicious to me so I thought that I'd point it out and ask anyway.

Thanks again :)
ModEngineer Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And I prefer Adblockerplus and Noscript for firefox that keep you save from this site also when you already clicked on it, because Noscript blocks all the scripts that get started from the site, so noone can attack you, and you only can allow wich scripts should be started and wich not, so lets say:
-you already clicked on it...
-Noscript activates himself permantly and blocks all the scripts from the site gets started, that includes Keyloggers, videos and everything else from the site
-Now you can decide in the option of the Addon wich scripts should be allowed and wich not, and if there is a dangerous script, then Noscript always give a warning popupscreen for you

Adblockplus just removes Ads from every site you visit and also blocks every Popupscreen, so I recommend both of these addons for firefox.
Thanks alot!
DoodiemMedia Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Youkah Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh mai
hail-the-oblivious Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
regarding changing password on a keylogger infected system. I thought of the following trick:

Open a random text. Think of a password. Then copy and paste the letters needed to form your password from the text. The hacker will have no idea what your password is as this process cant be tracked with a keylogger (except the ctrl+v stuff maybe).
You could also use the keyboard on google translator and type with your mouse. A bit cumbersome but it works.
Lemonsnoutie Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Rhi-Bread Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Lemonsnoutie Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Why hasn't anybody come up with bots that scan any links before comments with links? Like if it makes you download something the bot could remove the comment and ban the spammers?
Lemonsnoutie Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
are posted*
OFroakieStarO Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
I hate spam! :(
Shadowstar1021 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Kay, if you literally never log out of your DA do you still run the risk of being hacked? I guess it is a good thing that they show the websites name rather than just saying link.
PRTArtist Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welp, this is bad.
RdManebog33 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013   Artist
seems pretty bad uhh i dont want to be,,, hacked
GravityEnigma Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aye, seems pretty bad...
You may want to add in something about avast because the free version protects against viruses and spyware 

Key loggers are a type of malware and or a key logger is also a spyware. I use avast and so far it prevents all sorts of viruses like so, I know because I use it, as well as my entire household. I'd advise getting it if you are concerned, because it works!

Also I may want to warn you that McAfee antivirus sucks, it hardly does anything! 

As for other anti viruses, I have no clue... But you ca google them to find more information about them.

If this gets any worse let me know, I will help out with finding these nasty little critters...
animefreak011000 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
There's also some little ass that isn't hacked but thinks its funny to comment on art and post a link to porn websites. 
GravityEnigma Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You can get viruses from them too, those Are also spam bots...
animefreak011000 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ughhh bunch of assholes if you ask me.
GravityEnigma Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Camofire096 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Reminds me of the first virus I ever got. I'm always paranoid of links but I was on Skype, and my friend sent me a link saying "hahaha, are these really your pics?" Normally I would've known, but we always shared links.
And so I got a worm virus which took 2 days to kill.
MiningForDegus Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013

Everyone must know...


This is why I never, never click on links unless it doesn't sound remotely like an ad. It also helps to be a bit paranoid from your last encounter with a virus too.

AshHeartOfThunder Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
'We're all mad here' Emote Sign  The Cheshire speaks the truth. ._.
isatchi Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I had that happening to me! Thank you for the warning!
8AmyEmo8 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this help !! ^^
ZombieHun Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is this why now that you can't post a link and it appear like [link]? I've noticed the link is spelled out
ophiam Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
i really need help

my tablet spazzed and i accidentally clicked one of the links

it led me to a page that said i needed to update my flash, and then i exited the page

im so unbelievably scared right now, and i need assistance.  nothing makes sense to me because im so scared, please, please help.
4RT1STF0X Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Go to the link in the journal that says "how to detect and remove a keylogger". That'll probably help. Anything that says you need to update your flash player is veeeery unlikely to be legit, so I recommend never clicking on those. You're most likely okay if you didn't click any download link on the site, though don't take my word on that.
ophiam Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
ok, thank goodness! you're probably right.
thanks so much~
LISTEN ALL! YOU'RE NOT GONNA BE IMMORTALS OR SOMETHING BY MONEY! NOBODY WILL LIVE FOREVER! GOT THAT?! EVEN I, EVEN YOU! so DO NOT LET THE FUCKING MONEY AND KIDS (if you have any) WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO BE ALIVE TOO MUCH!!!! EVERYBODY IS GONNA DIE AND PROBRALLY EVEN THE ENTIRE WORLD WILL DIE! then start to forget something named "money" AND FOR GOD'S SAKE! do NOT think about making money in the internet (unless its a com-mission or anything like that) making money by the internet is okay IF YOU'RE SELLING SOMETHING! not etc. etc. etc.

I dont want anybody to get angry or something I'm just gonna be happy in everytime someone get something usefull by my comment ^^; sorry for the bad language (I'm from libya) and the long comment BTW thank you for the more information :)
Sparky-the-Scraggy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What the fuck are you talking about??
What does being immortal have to do with hacking??
legendofspyrothedrag Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
read right next time! I meant because of these damn hackers trying to get to all the passwords (you may have an bank-password somewhere in your PC/laptop) when they get that, they can just steal over all your money in your bank account THAT WAS MY POINT! :|
Sparky-the-Scraggy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

legendofspyrothedrag Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
I wasn't angry :)
they try to get to bank-accounts because they though MONEY will make them immortals :p that was my point of that word :)
(soooo many ":stare:" :rofl: that emotion will CRACK ME UP! :rofl:)
Sparky-the-Scraggy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, okay??
kasukabe12 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
AriannaTheKeybearer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kudos to all of you doing this for everyone when the dA team are taking their sweet time about it. We all appreciate it. ^.^
Ajustice90 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
A little extra check. I installed AVG and it's scans says no threats detected, plus I'm been running complete scans of my computer with allof  my other anti-virus, malware, and spywares programs everyday since my close call and all they say no threats detected. So is it safe to say I'm okay for right now?
MonsturNao Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Artist
I got like two or three links for that shit yesterday, and I'm fed up with it, and if I submit art today I better not get any stupid "lost weight fruit" link.
xElectricWings Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
About the whole "can i get it on my mac"yes
I got it by email
But i seem to be ok
Ladycandy2011 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist

I omg I jgot for of them like yesterday what is wrong with ppl doing crap like that


greentigergirl Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
why he do that ?
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