Friday, March 5, 2010

Report Trojans, Virus, Pop-Ups, Hackers & Malicious Sites Here

Perhaps the most common obstacle that our Blogging community faces when trying to visit other member sites is the unwanted encounter with a malicious site. How many times have you clicked on a site and all of a sudden, the screen flashes, and various windows pop-up.

The typical attack presents alert boxes asking you to "click here". You're afraid to do that for fear of infecting you computer and cannot close the annoying and dangerous attacks.

Worse, you feel all alone. Who do you tell? Did anyone else know about this?  Was this preventable?

During the past week, I had such an encounter on Adgitize. While I was able to close all the browser windows, my laptop failed to shut off. I was able to turn the power off and then force a "reboot" when powering up again.

I did report this, but as far as I know, the culprit is still there. I know the problem isn't on my machine because I performed a full scan after each attack and nothing was detected.

This isn't a problem isolated to me. CMF Ads has a noteworthy thread about this problem. And after reading it, you will find that many experienced bloggers are often the victims.

Whenever you click on Entrecard sites, Adgitize ads, or CMF Ads, you are at risk. Turnip recently reported that he disabled one such site on CMF. Entrecard's blog states that they made a complete scan of all blog members and eliminated many. And, Adgitize removes sites when they are found.

However, these three organizations are combating the malicious attackers in isolation. Unfortunately, they are not working together to share the list of evil-doers, and we, the blog clicking community remain vulnerable.

Therefore, I'm asking all members of each network to report a malicious site here, in a single place, for others to read and be informed. With that data, I will validate the claims, and report the offenders to each of the three networks.

So, if you have a problem, and can isolate the name of the bad site, leave a comment here. 

We've got to work together to patrol our community and keep each other safe.


  • I didn't list the site I encountered here because I haven't identified it yet. I think it is fired off when I close the window which is already too late.
  • Also, many CMF members recommend Sandboxie.  I haven't checked it out, but intend to do so.
  • Lastly, it's important to remember that many of the offending sites may be victims of hackers. As such, they are innocent, but need to be quarantined  until they are sanitized and safe again.

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