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Anti virus security warning

Post by alan.wells » Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:58 pm

Hi Folks,
Each time I visit Scimweb Forum, my McAfee web adviser warns me of potentially dangerous or suspicious site, blocking some contents, but will allow content only if I'm sure that the site is safe. I only noticed this last night.
Your advice please
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Re: Anti virus security warning

Post by erikscimitardemon » Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:10 pm

Most likely over zealous behaviour of McAfee web advisor.
The google ads program (top and bottom main bar) often is responsible for the reaction of the webadvisor. This is a source of income for the club, so we do need it.
Ads shown are a partly scimitarweb specific and partly random based upon third party cookies etc. E.g. I may see an ad in Dutch, where you may see an ad of a local restaurant. So a webadvisor may 'think' this is not OK. Luckily 99.99% is OK, maybe even more.


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Re: Anti virus security warning

Post by alan.wells » Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:20 pm

Erik, Many thanks
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Re: Anti virus security warning

Post by ScimmyMike » Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:37 pm

Rather odd Alan, I presume it's the BT supplied version, I have that and other sites get the warning but never seen for Scimweb


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Re: Anti virus security warning

Post by alan.wells » Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:01 pm

Hi Mike,
Plusnet supplied, and its also shown up on Thomas Cook site and eBay I've just noticed but no others
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Re: Anti virus security warning

Post by philhoward » Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:03 pm

Probably the Google Adverts - just an over-zealous anti virus and likely nothing to worry about to be honest.


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Re: Anti virus security warning

Post by DarrylWebb » Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:00 pm

TBH advertising tiles are the biggest virus problem these days, especially those animated ones that rely on Adobe Flash Player.

The tile is sold as advertising space to whoever wishes to advertise. As these are offered through a third party, all a good hacker has to do is target one of those advertising services and infect the content that gets fed to your screen. It's also possible that hackers will pose as legitimate businesses and engage the services of these online advertising agencies to help spread their infected adverts.
Of course if the hacker targets advertising services that feed into numerous or high profile websites, his job is easy.

Our company is currently wiping and re-installing 300 PCs per month due to employees getting their PC infected while browsing the web. The source is usually a reputable website, such as a mainstream news website. It's mainly a virus known as 'Angler exploit kit'. This same virus has been getting detected by Norton on my own PC, but so far only when browsing PistonHeads.


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