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Yahoo homepage click redirect Red warning screen + 90 DLs

Hello everyone,

Just now I accidentally clicked on something which must have been a "sponsored ad" on Yahoo's homepage and before I knew what was happening, it redirected me to one of those red security alert pages. I probably should have read some of it so I could've provided more details, but I think there was a phone number and the standard scam stuff.. I usually just quickly X this out, which I did (am I wrong to discount these potential "threats" in general?)

What made this different is that without confirmation pop-ups from windows, it downloaded 90 very small files (I think they were 2 bytes each, though in file explorer it has them listed at 1 kb)

I ran a Windows Defender "Quick Scan" which has up to date updates. It found 0 threats it says.

How do I proceed? Just delete the files? How concerned should I be?

Here is a screenshot of the files it downloaded:

https://imgur.com/a/joZQ7Ti

Thanks for reading, would appreciate any help

Post was last edited on June 4, 2018 2:34 PM PDT

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To me this isn't a sign of an infection but

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Thanks for helping, I deleted the files and everything seems to be ok. I'll check out the Scanning tool you mentioned too

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And YES, Delete Those Files

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Since they've been placed in your "Download" folder and they're only 1 kb in size, get rid of them. They're of no purpose and running the scans Bob mentioned above is also a good idea.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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Thanks for helping, I went ahead and deleted the files. I'm gonna check out the scanning tool as well.

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