5 Reasons Why You Should Not Unsubscribe from Spam Emails

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Do you receive a lot of unwanted and advertisement-filled emails in your inbox on a regular basis? If so, then you are certainly not alone as there are several people who receive plenty of such emails on a daily basis. Hackers and attackers usually receive email addresses in bulk from their sources or even send out emails to randomly worded email addresses, in the hope that some of the addresses will be correct and some recipients would respond.

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Most of these spam emails appear fake to people who are aware about the security risks. Recipients who have this knowledge, and especially the ones who cannot distinguish between a fake email and a real one, often click on the innocuous looking ‘UNSUBSCRIBE’ button somewhere in this email. While they feel they are taking a step to prevent such emails from coming through in the future, this is actually a highly unadvisable move, and here we will tell you why you should not unsubscribe from spam emails.

Reason # 1- You confirm that your email address is valid

When the attackers send out spam emails to millions of people they are not sure about how many accounts are valid and actively used. By clicking on a button within the email, you confirm to the attacker that your email address is correct and it is actively being used by someone. As a result, your email address receives a promotion into their list of valid and active email addresses to target.

Reason # 2- You confirm that the subject matter interests you

When you click a button within the email, you confirm to the attacker that you opened the email for some reason. In most cases, this shows that the subject matter is of some interest to you. It could be something about a free iPad or a free lottery win or anything else. But this shows the attacker that he can now target you with that particular topic if he tries harder.

Reason # 3- You reveal information about your email software

Sometimes, clicking on UNSUBSCRIBE may open up an email window. In addition to proving that your email address is active, sending such a mail will show what email software you use as well. Whether you are using Microsoft Outlook, Windows Live Mail or some other email software, this information will be received by the attacker and he can use this against you.

Reason # 4- You are taken to a new browser window

The UNSUBSCRIBE link may be deliberately placed within the email so that whoever clicks on it is taken to a new window and a new webpage. This is highly risky as the attacker can then get your IP address and geographical location. The sites can even have further information that may trick you. More dangerously, some sites have what are known as ‘Drive-by Downloads’. These are malicious downloads that start as soon as the site is visited.

Reason # 5- You initiate a download on your PC

Some hackers may even anticipate that people may want to click on the UNSUBSCRIBE button. As a result, they will themselves place a prominent UNSUBSCRIBE sign in their email and manipulate people into clicking on that. We never know what will happen after clicking on such a button. The functionality of the link can be completely different from what the text says. So this could potentially play right into the attacker’s hands and this could take you to a malicious website, initiate a malicious download and also show that your email account is active.

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What you should do:

So in such cases, what exactly needs to be done in order to avoid this potentially dangerous situation? Here are some useful tips that will help.

Tip # 1- Report as spam

If you have opened a spam email, there will be an option to report the mail as spam. This will immediately delete the email from your inbox. Moreover, it will allow your email provider to recognize which emails you deem as spam, and it will directly send similar emails to the spam folder in the future.

Tip # 2- Delete the email

You can also choose to delete the email directly from your inbox, without actually opening the email. All email clients have a simple method to do this and you will simply need to check a box in front of the spam email, and click on Delete.

Tip # 3- Make use of our Email Security feature

Quick Heal products have an in-built Email Security feature that prevents spam emails and malicious emails from reaching your inbox. Make use of this feature to stay safe against risky emails.

Useful resources:

How you can stop strangers from emailing you on Gmail

Got an email attachment? Pause, think and inquire

How to recognize and dodge email scams

Gmail security checklist: 5 great Gmail security tips and tricks

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Ragit Agrawal
Ragit Agrawal
7 years ago

Hello,

How can I protect my E-mail Id if I have already clicked on Unsubscribe button and I was taken to a new window.

Please do reply

Thanking You

RISHI GUPTA
RISHI GUPTA
7 years ago

good

Prof. C. B. Singh
Prof. C. B. Singh
7 years ago

Thank you Rahul Thadani. Now I have started realizing that computers have changed since the year 1984, when I got access to DOS based PC. These activities are good examples of destructive spoiled brains (=the pseudo brains, who failed to achieve their goals). May God help them to come on right track.

anil bhatia
anil bhatia
7 years ago

there should be forward button so i can send this news to the person who dont use quick heal.like forward by whatsup or by mail.

SALVI.A.H
SALVI.A.H
7 years ago

Very good & helping information thanks a lot.

sooryanarayanan
sooryanarayanan
7 years ago

I have installed Quick Heal pro and Quick heal PC tuner…Please tell me whether

I am safe…

Thank u

HC Pant
HC Pant
7 years ago

Very Useful

Ravi Prajapati
Ravi Prajapati
7 years ago

The quickheal Total Security Is Best Anti Virus Software…

Animesh Barua
Animesh Barua
7 years ago

Thanks a lot for such a helpful suggestion.

vijay
vijay
7 years ago

Good for mobile

Karan Malhotra
Karan Malhotra
7 years ago

HI , MY QUICK HEAL VERSION HAS EXPIRED BUT IT IS SCANNING SUCCESSFULLY; IS MY PC SAFE

dR aNIL cHAUHAN
dR aNIL cHAUHAN
7 years ago

I am using Quick heat Total security since many yrs, still getting lots of dangerous spam mails daily. I am already doing 5 steps U have mentioned at above discussion.
Should I change any setting of My computer OR Quick heal ?

Subhajit
Subhajit
7 years ago

I’m also instal Quick Heal total security but my computer slow and my PC automatically Shut down pleas help,Rahul………

shubham
shubham
7 years ago

sir i gardun antivairus 2014 use kar raha hon so
plese tell antivirous not update what is problem

Asoke Kumar Bandyopadhyay
Asoke Kumar Bandyopadhyay
7 years ago

It is very useful for all. Please let me know how I shall protect my Computer from Spam or Spurious Mail in my mail box. I deleted the mail from unknown and unreliable source directly from my box. But in this case I may loose some vital mails which may be useful for me. Please confirm.

KIRANLNTECC@GMAIL.COM
KIRANLNTECC@GMAIL.COM
7 years ago

THANKS A LOT!! VERY VERY USEFUL INFORMATION..!!!!!!!

sujit Biswas
sujit Biswas
7 years ago

This is the Best aqqs of mobile sc…..

sujit Biswas
sujit Biswas
7 years ago

Best

Ishan Mishra
Ishan Mishra
7 years ago

Hi rahul,
This info is really helpful,will keep in mind the next tym i get a spam mail

mallikarjun
mallikarjun
7 years ago

good

RAJEEV CHAWLA
RAJEEV CHAWLA
7 years ago

please tell how to stop receiving mails from a particular sender,as unsubscribing has not helped either.

Regs.

Amandeep Singh
Amandeep Singh
7 years ago

Thanks for the Nice Info

kishan
kishan
7 years ago

Nice entivrush

Brig A L Sandhal (Retd)
Brig A L Sandhal (Retd)
7 years ago

Dear Mr Rahul,

Thanks , very useful tips.
Rgards

Ravindra Srinivas Rao
Ravindra Srinivas Rao
7 years ago

I get a lot of medical prescription mails. I never open them. How do I use Quick Heal to filter out these nuisance mails.

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar
7 years ago

Thanks Rahul, Very informative write-up. I am using Quickheal total security for last several years without any problem. But for last more than one year I am getting a mail that shows my ‘Fanbox earnings’I have never subscribed to any such thing nor I participated in any such contest. It has emerged from USA and shows my daily earnings in dollers. I deleted it several times but to no avail. Idont know whether it is genuine or fake. It gives complete details and address of orgin that I can not verify for its correctness. . So far it has not… Read more »

Talekar D R
Talekar D R
7 years ago

Thanks for help

Rajesh suman
Rajesh suman
7 years ago

only i want to safe my pc…

Pihu
Pihu
7 years ago

thnx a lot.. i hv installed qhts for mobile. cn u plz explain hw to use in built email security feature

austin pinto
austin pinto
7 years ago

it is also risky to open such emails as what hapends is the sender puts a image link in the message header which on most email viewers is invisible so as you click on the subject to open the email your email viewer including browser ping the server on which the url of the image which is in your message header so the sender comes to know that you have read the email also sometimes email programs like outlook like to send red or unred receipts to the sender which is also very risky

haris
haris
7 years ago

I Like it
very good

jignesh Vaviya
jignesh Vaviya
7 years ago

hi sir,
mera quick heal total security is out of date, so my pc is secure please tell me for your suggestion.

Tamilraj
Tamilraj
7 years ago

Good for mobile ya

Manas Ranjan Panda
Manas Ranjan Panda
7 years ago

Very good news.

M S Chalam
M S Chalam
7 years ago

Guardian Antivirus downloading key is not available but i want to Guardian Antivirus soft ware so how to download and Registration

plz Reply to me

Rajiv Singha
7 years ago
Reply to  M S Chalam

Hello M S Chalam,

Kindly contact our support team at 0-927-22-33-000.
You can also raise a query at https://www.quickheal.com/submitticket.asp. Our support team will get back to you to resolve the issue you are facing.

Regards,

Abhinay
Abhinay
7 years ago

Hello
i’m also quick heal total security user .. and have been using the antivirus for more than a year.

can you tell me.. on any website, official website or in emails is share information link via fb or G+ etc will do the same as unsubscribe from this email.. because in both the cases it takes you to new popup windows..?
and what if it takes me to new popup window and i close it without writing anything?

Gotame
Gotame
7 years ago

What if i’ve already clicked unsubscribe button and i’ve got quickheal in my phone?

Santosh Kewat
Santosh Kewat
7 years ago

I am very glad to inform you that if you are using Quick Heal Anti virus(Including All product even Total Security also) in your PC or Laptop thinking that your system is secured from viruses then its making fool to recently I have observed Three to Four Times in my PC that it never detect or delete or repair Recycler Virus if your system is infected with that virus it only prevent to hide that folders creted by recycler virus its my advice to all don’t afford for Costly Anti virus like Quick heal. I am using Quick heal Total… Read more »

Santosh Kewat
Santosh Kewat
7 years ago

Recycler Virus catching our data in their SYSTEM INFORMATION folder which is already looks like hidden folder and right protected it never allow us to delete because Its right Protected Folder.

I am using Same product in my office also and attached Pen drive to that which is already infected with that virus beyond that its never work.

Can anybody help me to overcome with this problem.

I think last solution is Formatting my hard Disk.

deven modi
deven modi
7 years ago

This software very heal of your mobile.

atik
atik
7 years ago

But how to use

cp shami
cp shami
6 years ago

iam in trouble please solve my problem this antivirus isnot updatig

Rajiv Singha
6 years ago
Reply to  cp shami

Hi CP Shami,

Kindly get in touch with our Support Team at 0-927-22-33-000.
You can also submit a query at https://www.quickheal.com/submitticket.asp. Our team will get back to you with a solution.

Regards,

Nitu kumar Nath
Nitu kumar Nath
4 years ago

I have the honour to inform you that I have lost my mobile. My mobile model is micromax sliver Q424 and its IMEI nos are M_IMEI 1: 911489204052115 & S_IMEI2:911489207051619. Kindly help me

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