This is a post I have dreaded doing, and that I’ve had to do more than once but not concerning McAfee. Months ago a few readers emailed to say they were getting a “Red X” warning from McAfee that my site, Maggie’s Notebook, is a risky place to visit.
As you’ll see in the graphic from McAfee below, they were/are not familiar with “Blogads,” which was linked here. They have a big gray question mark, meaning they don’t have a clue, yet they flagged me, saying I MIGHT be a security risk. With the report you see below, wouldn’t you think they would show the problem, if the problem is not Blogads? And it is not Blogads – which unfortunately has not been on my site for months, but McAfee has done nothing to fix their problem which becomes my heartbreak. If you are not a customer, these companies will not talk to you. I have asked to be retested numerous times and have never received a response. I have a MAC and my computer is always updated. My hosts have checked my site over and over, have scanned everything possible including their own servers, installed additional and new malware detection, along with the three I already have, and came up with nothing while Blogads was on my site. I removed Blogads. The scans were re-run with nothing malicious found. If you are a McAfee customer, I need your help.
First, Blogads is a very reputable site that places specific ads on blogs that are requested by an advertiser. In otherwords, if an author wants to place an ad on my site, they might go through Blogads. I get paid. Most of my blogging buddies have Blogads on their sites and none of them have been targeted. Blogads are NOT the problem and they are being villified as well.
I have some information that trolls out there in the ether often submit a site as a danger, and some companies simply take their word for it and blacklist the site. That has happened to me twice in the past. It took a very aggressive blogging friend (and others) to get one of them resolved for me – namely, Michelle Obama’s Mirror, or MOTUS as we fondly refer to her. She and her staff used the service that was flagging me and kept the pressure on. The problem eventually went away. My traffic (readers, visitors) has never recovered and now this!
When a troll gets a blog flagged, it’s enough to make a blogger want to say, okay, I’ve had enough, I’ll spend my time doing something else. I’m close to being at that point. I don’t want them to win. I don’t want to give up but if I do, I won’t be the first blogger to move on to other endeavors for this very reason — liberals spreading their hate in hateful and damaging ways.
I’m not infected and have never been infected in soon-to-be seven years of blogging. I do not have a virus and have never had a virus (at least not on my blog site). I do not have malware. I am disgusted and understand that writing this article will likely scare-off others, but whats a girl to do? I ask you, how do I fix this?
If you are a McAfee customer and would be so kind as to let them know that my site is certainly not risky to any one other than Liberals and Progressives, I will be so grateful.
I just had a similar problem with a “Reputation Company” that decided to blacklist me. I recently moved my subscriber list from Google’s Feed Burner to an email system generated from my own server. Feedburner was a great service, but about a year ago, Google decided to stop maintaining it, at the same time, the maintenance on the plugin that allowed Feedburner to work with WordPress was discontinued. Even so the service worked pretty well, for a while..
I set everything up and everything seemed to work fine, and then it didn’t.. I’ve spent the last two days getting that resolved, I hope. At least I got my own morning email today.. I haven’t checked the server logs yet, but since I got the email, they have to look better than yesterday. The company that blacklisted me didn’t notify me or tell me what the problem was.. In fact it took some research to find out who had me blacklisted. As it turns out, it was probably a false positive on their part. I deleted one inactive theme (website layout) from my theme library that may have had some questionable coding…
The company said my server was sending out email spam, Myself at helpful people at WordPress Multi User Development and the folks at Dot Block (the company that provides my server) spent hours going over logs and looking for anything that could cause a positive hit, there was nothing except a questionable bit of code in a theme that 100’s of people use without issue. My server wasn’t and hasn’t ever sent out any spam emails. After a couple emails, the company removed me from their Blacklist, no explanation, no apology and no offer to compensate anyone for the time and effort it took to look for the issue.
Which brings us back to Maggie.. If I’m going to check a website, one of the best services out there is Scurri, they offer a free site scanner.. I’m running this scan, as I type at 0605 est today
As you can see, Surric came up with an entirely different set of referrals, and the only one that has her blacklisted is McAfee..when I click the link I get the McAfee warning Maggie took the screenshot of for her post. But let’s try something, let’s run a scan on Blog Ads:
So when I run Blog Ads they come up clean. Keep in mind, Maggie long ago removed all links to Blog Ads from here website.. But event if she hadn’t, McAfee has her site listed as dirty, because she has a link (that doesn’t exist) to a site to a site they consider clean..
What the F***?
I might be willing to call it a stupid clerical error, except for the fact Maggie’s been trying to get McAfee to fix it for months, and they refuse to do a damned thing.. This stupidity and incompetence has Maggie’s website readers, and some money
At what point does stupid and incompetent become malicious …………….
What do you think
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