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I have an email from a known contact whose address book was hijacked. In that email is a link that is not from my known contact. Can I forward that link to anyone in malwarebytes for analysis. I would like to find out how serious the threat is and what I need to do to correct any potential problems.

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Thanks for you reply. I have notified my friend and he has notified the rest of his address book. Do you know if there is any way to analyse the link in the received email to learn what it it intended to do? The friend says he believes it is meant to reroute you to a shopping site but he isn't sure. My concern is that it may be more critical or harmful than that and may be meant to gain access to financial/banking passwords, etc. Now I'm stuck because I want to buy the malwarebyte software but don't want to do any financial transactions on this laptop until I'm sure there is no risk. Is there any way to have the link in the email analyzed?

Also thanks for the advise regarding the malware removal forum. I'm not a paying customer yet so I will follow the steps of option 1. In the meantime, any advise on the above would be very much appreciated

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