!!! Caution !!!When we visited our site LotteryPowerPicks.com on Sunday, we were surprised to see an anti-virus warning in one our our 125x125 widgets. It was in place of sitehoppin.com.
Having been a victim of malicious hackers in the past, we take these warnings seriously, because we want to protect both: our site; and, the computers of our visitors. Therefore, we immediately removed the link from our site.
SiteHoppin.com is (and has been) a popular site with bloggers & website owners because of its potential for referring visitors. Thus, we were surprised to see that the safety this site was compromised.
Using a different computer today, we performed a Google search for "sitehoppin". As expected, it is the first listing returned. Immediately under the title, is a warning, saying that this site may be harmful to your computer. Clicking on the site's URL will bring you to a Google "Warning" page, again stating that this site may harm you computer.
If you or your site is a sitehoppin.com member, we recommend that you:
- DO NOT click on any of the sitehoppin.com logos displayed
- DO NOT go sitehoppin
- REMOVE all links to sitehoppin.com that you may have placed on your site
- REMOVE the sitehoppin toolbar if you have installed it
- DO NOT download (or save) any of the images from that site
- RESIST the temptation to add your site or blog to sitehoppin.com
We recommend that you follow this advice until the site's safety is restored. When it is, we will write a follow-up to this post.
- We are writing this post as a precaution to the PC security of our fellow bloggers. It is not our intention to degrade this site, but to simply alert visitors of potential problems.
- In Google, if you do a search for sitehoppin.com you will see the warning below its title: This site may harm your computer.
- For additional information, you may visit the site: StopBadware.org
- Lastly, consider joining badwarebusters.org and become an active safety advocate.