Solved Can an email account get a virus?

July 17, 2012 at 17:27:22
Specs: Windows Vista

I went on a website, and this warning appeared whilst i was on Google Chrome;

I am concerned about my Windows machine, along with my email account becoming infected, as I had Gmail opened at the time.

Would my email or laptop have caught anything? What does the warning mean? Would anything have downloaded? Can email accounts even get viruses or malware?

I've scanned my Windows machine with both AVG (free) and Microsoft's own malware scanner - both of which said the laptop was clean - but am worried about the Gmail account becoming infected. I don't know if it's possible, but in the back of mind there's the concern, so I figured I'd ask. I've checked emails on my Mac, which uses that Gmail account, but I was kind of anxious doing so. Also, what exactly does the message I received mean?


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July 17, 2012 at 17:31:39
That is just a certificate warning. It doesn't mean that the site will infect your PC. If nothing strange happened after that, don't worry about it.

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July 17, 2012 at 17:34:00
Thanks for your reply.

So that warning definitely doesn't indicate any form of virus or anything? The warning just worried me a little. I didn't proceed past the warning page.

And is it possible for an email account to get a virus, or not?

Many thanks.

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July 17, 2012 at 18:29:36
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The account (or rather the e-mail) itself doesn't get a virus, but it can transmit a virus by opening an attachment and infecting a machine. Almost as (or perhaps more) common nowadays, the account can be hacked when the password for the account is compromised:

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July 17, 2012 at 22:17:31
Dear this type of message not infect your machine because it site certification security which is not added on your Google chrome certification tab. So click at proceed anyway button and add certification so that next time it will not shown U.

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July 18, 2012 at 03:54:24
Okay thanks. I haven't downloaded anything from emails that I didn't trust. Was just concerned about the actual email account.

Many thanks.

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