I am getting URLs from my contacts even when they are offline?


You may be getting SPIM URL’s from a offline contact or your contacts may complain that they receive SPIM URL’s from you. You might be wondering what’s going on and how to stop receiving such URLs’.

This article would educate on what is a SPIM and how to prevent SPIM URL’s being sent or received through Messenger.

A SPIM message looks just like any other IM conversation with a link it in and will be from someone on your buddy list. DO NOT click the links unless you were expecting it or verified with you sender that they intentionally meant to send it to you.

Common topics of the SPIM URL are diet pills, photo sharing and pornography. Think for a minute to see if you friend would share these links with you? SPIM can be sent even when a computer is turned off so be alert when you receive a URL from a offline contact.

What to do if you receive SPIM ?

1. Close the message window without clicking the link.

2. Tell the sender that you received SPIM from them and suggest they follow the steps outlined in ‘What to do if people have received SPIM from you’ below.

3. It’s also good practice to:
Change your Windows Live password, also be sure to run an anti-virus and malware scan to ensure your PC is free of viruses.


What to do if people have ?

1. Change your windows live password immediately.

2. Run an anti-virus and malware scan to ensure your PC is free of viruses.

3. Warn friends that your account may have sent SPIM and they should not click on the links in these messages.

4. Change your Windows Live password to a new strong password as well as your secret question and answer regularly.

5. Always ensure that your anti-virus software is up to date. Learn more about protecting your PC.

6. Don’t share your password with anyone even if they claim that they are a person of authority. 

7. Properly log out of your account after your session by clicking the "Sign Out" button.

8. If you’re using a public terminal, clear your temporary Internet files (cache) and close the browser that you’re using when you’re ready to end your Internet session.

9. Be sure not to click "Remember my password" if you’re using a public computer or if there are other people using your computer.

10. Download Internet Explorer 8 for free, which includes a phishing filter that should help protect you from dubious websites.

11. Download the latest version of Windows Live Messenger.

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