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Danger, Malware ahead!

HillJ Feb 4, 2013 05:44 AM

Chrome auto opened a "warning, malware!" window six times since logging in my CHOW account this morning.

This flag happened 3x's while attempting to read Site Talk threads.

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  1. Kholvaitar RE: HillJ Feb 4, 2013 05:54 AM

    Same with me.. hope this gets fixed...

    1. Gio RE: HillJ Feb 4, 2013 06:21 AM

      McAfee did the same to me three times last week... on FF here.

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        barryg RE: HillJ Feb 4, 2013 07:08 AM

        Same here, seems to be coming from one of the ads.

        1. meshane RE: HillJ Feb 4, 2013 10:17 AM

          This problem seems to be happening in Chrome on sites across the internet. Here is a discussion on this topic on Chrome's support forum. http://productforums.google.com/forum...

          We'll keep an eye on this, but it does not at all appear to be isolated to chow.com.

          Here are google's diagnostic pages for chow.com and chowhound.com showing no malware.

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          1. re: meshane
            HillJ RE: meshane Feb 4, 2013 10:20 AM

            Interesting, no other sites I'm visiting using Chrome have prompted the malware window...but thank you for looking into the problem and sharing what you found out. J

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              meshane RE: HillJ Feb 4, 2013 10:23 AM

              I haven't ran into this personally yet, but other people within our office have seen it. The google chrome forum seems to point to a few chrome extensions. You might try disabling extensions and see if this problem persists.

              1. re: meshane
                HillJ RE: meshane Feb 4, 2013 10:35 AM

                Thanks, I'll give the extension settings a look.

            2. re: meshane
              ChristinaMason RE: meshane Feb 4, 2013 01:36 PM

              It seems to be related to ads on the sites. From the google discussion:

              "T staff at my college got an email stating an advertising company had been infected with malware and Chrome was flagging any site with said companies tracking cookies as unsafe. (I think.) Here is an excerpt.

              "I've noticed that when I attempt to go to quite a few news websites today Chrome warns me that the page may have malware by cm.netseer.com. Chrome even gives me that warning when I try to go to slashdot.org. Here's an article on the subject."


              1. re: ChristinaMason
                calumin RE: ChristinaMason Feb 4, 2013 02:57 PM

                That could very well be it.

                One thing people don't realize is that many of the ads served by most Web sites are not actually under the direct control of the Web site owner. So the site could be safe but an ad being served on the site could be full of malware.

                It is actually very hard to detect & it sounds like Google tuned Chrome to be slightly more aggressive in alerting users to URLs which might be malicious.

            3. ChristinaMason RE: HillJ Feb 4, 2013 10:56 AM

              Me too, me too!

              I had the same warning this morning, which I've attached in screenshot. Strangely, it went away this afternoon.

              I posted in the relevant google forum and encourage others here to do the same: https://productforums.google.com/foru...

              1. ChristinaMason RE: HillJ Feb 4, 2013 10:57 AM

                oops, the attachment

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                  bear RE: HillJ Feb 4, 2013 02:46 PM

                  It keeps happening to me, too. Chow is the only site I've had a problem with.

                  1. ChristinaMason RE: HillJ Feb 4, 2013 05:58 PM

                    Article in the Atlantic today: http://www.theatlanticwire.com/techno...

                    1. LindaWhit RE: HillJ Feb 6, 2013 08:15 AM

                      Looks like netseer.com was hacked:


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