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Old 06-15-2013, 02:45 PM   #1
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What's this? (Firefox reports this site as bad?)
I logged on as usual and this warning from Frefox (the browser I use) pops up declaring this site as containing "badware" or some such thing and that it could potentially harm my computer. Why did it do that?

Needless to say, I am a little confused. I know that this site isn't chock full of malware, viruses, and trojans. Its always been one of my trusted sites. Why now, is there a problem?
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Old 06-15-2013, 02:56 PM   #2
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I had the same issue. Reported Attack Site! Sheldon?
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Old 06-15-2013, 04:19 PM   #3
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As far as I can tell it appears to be a false positive. It looks like Google's malware service is misinterpreting the javascript which handles the ads on the forum. Ironically, the code is hosted by Google's own code service. So umm, yeah.

I am still investigating. No warning shows up for me on Firefox or Chrome and Google doesn't flag the site in their search results as being potentially dangerous.
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I just got this is an attack sight too.
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Old 06-15-2013, 05:05 PM   #5
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I got the warning. I emailed the Webmaster who responded promptly and graciously to ease my nonexistent fears. Thanks Sheldon, we know you're looking out for these things and I really appreciate it.

If there really were a problem, would it only be dangerous for Windows users?

ETA FF gave me the option of clicking that this isn't an attack site and so I did.
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As far as I can tell it appears to be a false positive. It looks like Google's malware service is misinterpreting the javascript which handles the ads on the forum. Ironically, the code is hosted by Google's own code service. So umm, yeah.

I am still investigating. No warning shows up for me on Firefox or Chrome and Google doesn't flag the site in their search results as being potentially dangerous.
Good. I'd hate for there to be a problem with my favorite knitting based forum. I'd go crazy without being able to come on here!
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I replaced the ad serving code from the forum and put in a request for a "review" with google. So they should scan the site at some point in the future and remove the KH forum from the StopMalware blacklist. Hopefully that will happen soon and the warning prompts delivered by browsers which leverage StopMalware will cease.

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I got the warning. I emailed the Webmaster who responded promptly and graciously to ease my nonexistent fears. Thanks Sheldon, we know you're looking out for these things and I really appreciate it.
Oh, that was you! I thought the email address looked familiar. I have to commend you on sending the screenshots. Usually when someone reports a problem, all they tell me is "Something not right". The more specifics I have the better I am able to get to the bottom of things.

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As far as I am aware, malware exploits tend to affect PC's and more specifically older versions of Internet Explorer. With newer browsers, you may receive a prompt to install some plugin or save some file, which of course would be trouble.

Sometimes a site can get listed as unsafe and it's not due to being infectious. Spammers will sometimes find ways to setup phishing sites hidden among the website. So in these cases, you would get the browser warning of an unsafe website, but there actually nothing dangerous on the pages.

I don't think Mac's are entirely immune. Their popularity has made them a bit more of a target than they used to be. However, they tend to be secure and more up-to-date than windows. Case in point: we still get about 500 windows visitors each month using Internet Explorer 6. This is a browser from 2001! It amazes me. The #1 browser visiting KH is Safari, the browser by apple, largely thanks to the iPad and iPhone toting knitters.

Anyhow, there's always something exciting going on at KH.
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Oh, that was you! I thought the email address looked familiar. I have to commend you on sending the screenshots. Usually when someone reports a problem, all they tell me is "Something not right". The more specifics I have the better I am able to get to the bottom of things.
Thank you. My assumption was that you probably already knew about the problem and had taken care of it and the screenshots were unnecessary. I learned long ago that too much info can be better than not enough. Besides, I like playing with the screenshot feature. I should have thought to include my user name.

My computer "wisdom" consists of: no system is invulnerable and when I have a problem it's almost always operator error.

I've been asked if I can alter garments to fit people when I've never seen them in person even. Ugh.
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I got the same thing for my Mac but on Safari, I had to go through of a few things before being able to get on here but I have noticed there are a lot of spammers who have hit this site so do becareful
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Yeah, I've noticed a lot of spam lately. The mods do a remarkable job getting rid of it, but they simply can't be here every second of every day.
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