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Like it says in The Guide:

Don't Panic


Anyway... Folks using Firefox and Chrome have been seeing a malware warning when trying to log into the forum. First things first: As far as I have been able to tell, there is no actual threat posed to the members by the issue causing the alerts. From what I have seen, the problem is that a seller linked to images in their WSO which are hosted on a site that has since been compromised. The affected site is jvwithjj dot com.

It is unlikely (but not impossible) that the images posed any threat to viewers, and the WSO in which they were found is old, and has only seen a single post in the past month. Not a lot of people exposed to them.

Still, we deleted the thread. Our technical geniuses will need to see if there are other instances of that link, and then contact Da Goog to ask them to review the listing before the warnings will stop. Just be aware that the cause does not constitute a real threat to you while using the forum.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled mayhem.


Paul
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  • Profile picture of the author waterotter
    And I was beginning to think all that talk about bullying set off alarm bells
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  • Profile picture of the author seonutshell
    Great news, when will the warning go away or are you not sure?
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by seonutshell View Post

      Great news, when will the warning go away or are you not sure?

      Since the warning is controlled by a third-party, it is impossible to know.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      Originally Posted by seonutshell View Post

      Great news, when will the warning go away or are you not sure?
      Not sure. The tech wizards will need to double-check to make sure there isn't anything else going on, and then there's the wait for Google to review the issue. That's usually pretty quick, but I have no idea if the guys are even awake at this time of the evening, much less online.
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    For those who care... Safari is not presenting the display problems that Firefox is at the moment.
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

      For those who care... Safari is not presenting the display problems that Firefox is at the moment.

      Opera isn't presenting problems either.
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      • Profile picture of the author KishanS
        Originally Posted by tpw View Post

        Opera isn't presenting problems either.
        Incorrect. I am getting a warning when I try to go to a forum page through Google search.
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        • Profile picture of the author tpw
          Originally Posted by KishanS View Post

          Incorrect. I am getting a warning when I try to go to a forum page through Google search.

          When you go through Google search, you are getting an error message FROM Google: Malware Warning

          When you use Opera and type the URL directly, there is no issue.
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          • Profile picture of the author KishanS
            Originally Posted by tpw View Post

            When you go through Google search, you are getting an error message FROM Google: Malware Warning

            When you use Opera and type the URL directly, there is no issue.

            Yes, there is no issue when I open it directly in Opera.
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      • Profile picture of the author Greg guitar
        Originally Posted by tpw View Post

        Opera isn't presenting problems either.
        As far as I know, Oprah still gives the WF two thumbs up as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author tritrain
    None of my anti-malware/anti-virus/firewall software/hardware (which is always kept up to date) has found any signs of malware. Very interesting.

    Here's the report from Google:
    What is the current listing status for warriorforum.cxx? Site is listed as suspicious - visiting this web site may harm your computer. Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 2 time(s) over the past 90 days.

    What happened when Google visited this site? Of the 4487 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 9 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent.

    The last time Google visited this site was on 2013-10-24, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2013-10-24.

    Malicious software includes 2 trojan(s). Successful infection resulted in an average of 1 new process(es) on the target machine. Malicious software is hosted on 3 domain(s), including gabriellerosephotography.cxx/, socialbusinesssites.cxx/, plushexex.inxx/. 1 domain(s) appear to be functioning as intermediaries for distributing malware to visitors of this site, including jvwithjj.com/.

    This site was hosted on 3 network(s) including AS15133 (EDGECAST), AS36351 (SOFTLAYER), AS15169 (GOOGLE).

    Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware? Over the past 90 days, warriorforum.cxx appeared to function as an intermediary for the infection of 3 site(s) including warriorplus.cxx/, onlineinternetmarketingbusiness.nxx/, wsoinsiders.cxx/.

    Has this site hosted malware? No, this site has not hosted malicious software over the past 90 days.

    How did this happen? In some cases, third parties can add malicious code to legitimate sites, which would cause us to show the warning message.
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    It's likely that advertisements are introducing the malware.

    Only Chrome, Firefox, and SeaMonkey (and now Safari too) seem to be tied to that third party that is reporting the issue.
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  • Profile picture of the author mojojuju
    It might be a good idea to block external images in posts. There's a lot of crazy shenanigans one can employ with the help of images displayed in forum threads.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronrule
    That could explain why there was such a drastic drop in WSO sales today compared to yesterday. Any chance those of us running banners might get credited for the day?
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  • Profile picture of the author tritrain
    So Opera is the only browser not reporting an issue and not messing up the display?
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      mojojuju,

      Not likely. The ad sections would shut down, OT would dry up, and the cookie stuffers would have a major snit.

      Ron,

      Gonna have to ask at the help desk about that one. I have nothing to do with that end of things here.

      tritrain,

      Don't know. I don't have Opera installed on this machine.


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  • Profile picture of the author justscrewit
    My display on firefox at the moment is normal, but the attack page did come up. Hopefully the techies will fix the source of the problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author ajsmith
    Whew....I thought it was my computer, but then I signed on using my Kindle and I didn't get
    the message at all.
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  • Profile picture of the author tritrain
    It's been suggested in another thread that people use Sandboxie when browsing the internet. Very good advice.

    It creates a virtual partition of sorts on your hard drive, so no malware can effect your operating system and cause you problems. It's free.
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    • Profile picture of the author RatedRKO16
      Is the page showing up differently for people as well or is that just something on my end?
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    • Profile picture of the author tagiscom
      Yep, firefox is a dogs breakfast with WF at present, l have tried IE, without any problems, except this one! https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...US/Capture.JPG Hopefully this image will show up, but if not it was a popup that occured in IE over the top of the WF listings. I also accessed one of my threads with some %^&*, creating a dodgy link with a word. Seems like the tech, people have the firewall down for repairs and it is a free for all for hackers and trolls! Shane :0} PS glad l didn't install Chrome in IE, IE apart from a popup is working fine!
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    Wasn't sure if I should bypass the security warning to access the site, but I figured it would be ok... thanks for the information!
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  • Profile picture of the author xohaibx
    I really hope this isn't affecting the overall traffic of the forum. But I'm pretty sure it's a problem that won't take too long to resolve.
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  • Profile picture of the author tritrain
    I'm sure its affecting traffic. There are reports on other sites from people saying they can't get on WF. I'm sure there are many more that have simply given up. Hopefully they'll try again soon.


    If you are concerned about malware/viruses on your system. I very HIGHLY suggest that you install MalwareBytes (free), update, and run it. You can install and run it while your computer is in safemode (with networking) as well. Press F8 while starting up on most computers.

    In the past, I've had MalwareBytes find a dozen various malicious files and McAffee find ZERO, while running them at the same time.
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    • Profile picture of the author Devid Farah
      Yeah same here with firefox and chrome but it works with explorer.

      Am pretty sure this will be fixed soon.
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    • Profile picture of the author xohaibx
      Originally Posted by tritrain View Post

      I'm sure its affecting traffic. There are reports on other sites from people saying they can't get on WF. I'm sure there are many more that have simply given up. Hopefully they'll try again soon.
      I think it's the new traffic that's getting affected the most, because most of returning users will find their way in.
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    • Profile picture of the author 4EverMaAT
      I was searching for a comparison of different autoresponder systems. I got the malware warning in FireFox and then googled warrorforum.com attack page or something like that and came to a different thread which was closed and redirected here. I still get the warnings coming from google. But once I get inside the site, it is somewhat ok. The site itself does not have a background and looks kind of weird. But the forum still works. So I suppose a moderator can post to this thread when it is all back to normal?
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by jezter6 View Post

      Oh, they called me and cancelled my card.

      So far my PC checks out ok via Symantec, but I will look at a few other options.

      Originally Posted by tritrain View Post

      If you are concerned about malware/viruses on your system. I very HIGHLY suggest that you install MalwareBytes (free), update, and run it. You can install and run it while your computer is in safemode (with networking) as well. Press F8 while starting up on most computers.

      In the past, I've had MalwareBytes find a dozen various malicious files and McAffee find ZERO, while running them at the same time.

      Also run MalwareBytes as suggested by tritrain.

      When faced with malware, another program that has always protected me well by getting rid of stuff that Symantec could not identify was PrevX.

      I just went to the PrevX site and it looks like they were recently purchased by and absorbed into Webroot .
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        Originally Posted by tpw View Post

        Also run MalwareBytes as suggested by tritrain.

        When faced with malware, another program that has always protected me well by getting rid of stuff that Symantec could not identify was PrevX.

        I just went to the PrevX site and it looks like they were recently purchased by and absorbed into Webroot .
        PrevX was awesome, and did extremely fast scans. It's now part of the Webroot Secure Anywhere suite, and from what I can tell, works exactly the same as PrevX did.

        I used Prevx (now Webroot) for several years, but discontinued a couple of months ago, only because I'm trying out something else at the moment, but will probably go back to Webroot soon. I really liked it, and miss its fast scans and overall protection of my PC.

        I would highly recommend Webroot to anyone who wants a fast and effective antivirus/anti-malware suite. Look for online coupons for discounts, I think you can get about 50% off for multi-year subscriptions.
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      • Profile picture of the author waterotter
        Originally Posted by tpw View Post

        Also run MalwareBytes as suggested by tritrain.

        When faced with malware, another program that has always protected me well by getting rid of stuff that Symantec could not identify was PrevX.

        I just went to the PrevX site and it looks like they were recently purchased by and absorbed into Webroot .
        I have used Malwarebytes and Spybot Search & Destroy synergistically for years.

        This year, I upgraded to Malwarebytes Pro - about the only difference from the free version is auto-update. This is the only reason I purchased the Pro version.

        Spybot Search & Destroy is also an excellent FREE software that works great in conjunction with Malwarebytes. You just need to remember to update it weekly.

        As for the recent issues with the WF, neither software nor security detected any problems at all.
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      Originally Posted by tritrain View Post

      I'm sure its affecting traffic. There are reports on other sites from people saying they can't get on WF. I'm sure there are many more that have simply given up. Hopefully they'll try again soon.


      If you are concerned about malware/viruses on your system. I very HIGHLY suggest that you install MalwareBytes (free), update, and run it. You can install and run it while your computer is in safemode (with networking) as well. Press F8 while starting up on most computers.

      In the past, I've had MalwareBytes find a dozen various malicious files and McAffee find ZERO, while running them at the same time.
      I too highly recommend Malwarebytes - it is probably one of the best if not the best software for finding malware on your computer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnny12345
    Whatever the problem is, Firefox certainly doesn't like it!

    (I ran a virus scan with Avast, just to be safe. It didn't find anything.)

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    Yes, the virus scanners are scaring the people and taking over the Internet! LOL

    Thanks for the update Paul.
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    and what about this 'destroyed' template, since I'm getting only tables and naked links no css whatsoever
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  • Profile picture of the author Chosen2013
    I'm using Opera 15(Chrome based) and everything's works just fine. Never had any warnings.
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  • Profile picture of the author shoeb000
    At first i was shocked to see the warning, but after some guessing game, i thought some user might have shared some link with malicious content. So, decided to check details and came to know about the limited infection:
    Malicious software is hosted on 3 domain(s), including gabriellerosephotography.com/, plushexex.in/, socialbusinesssites.com/.

    2 domain(s) appear to be functioning as intermediaries for distributing malware to visitors of this site, including jvwithjj.com/, hedhes.biz/
    Nice to see so much update on the issue, thanks WF team for keeping us informed.
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  • Profile picture of the author holleythompson
    glad i found this thread. it was weird seeing such warning. right now, i'm using chrome and malware warnings are persistent. each and every page i open. hope Google responds quickly though.
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  • Profile picture of the author micoe
    oh,I also see this warnings, hope it will solve soon
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    Banned
    Just trying to avoid people creating threads on this topic
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  • Profile picture of the author Delario
    Wow, the end of the web
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  • Profile picture of the author spa3212
    Admin should close this thread now and come forward and just say something about this warning and let the things cool down.
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    • Profile picture of the author retirewithsandie
      Originally Posted by spa3212 View Post

      Admin should close this thread now and come forward and just say something about this warning and let the things cool down.
      Uhm...Paul *is* an Admin/Moderator. Not Allen (site owner) Admin but he's authorized to speak on such matters. There's nothing Allen or anyone else could have said that Paul didn't in the first post. They traced down the source of the malware, deleted the threads & it was a waiting game from there. There was nothing more anyone could do or say as it was all in Google's hands (as is about everything we do on the innerwebz). Now the world seems to be back to normal.
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  • Profile picture of the author Graham Maddison
    Seems to be okay now .... I have been trying all day to get on the forum and only now have I been able to...so seems like you can all now breathe a sigh of relief and continue making money unhindered
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    • Profile picture of the author CyndiHester
      Had the warning yesterday until I went to bed last night, but now at 6:30 a.m. this morning, it is gone!
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    Not Gone Here. All the site is hard to reach: mix of Google (search referrals blocks) & Firefox blocks.

    Best of luck with that.
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    • Profile picture of the author CyndiHester
      Yes, I was just going to post the same thing. I went to look at some warrior links in Google this moring and got the same warning no matter what warrior link I looked at.
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  • Profile picture of the author kencalhn
    boo it's halloween... it was all just a WF trick or treat
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    • Profile picture of the author dannycheng
      I went ahead and bypassed all warnings on firefox and chrome several times over earlier today so I'm kinda glad that the consensus here is that most probably it's a false alarm.
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    • Profile picture of the author bizwisard
      I,am using firefox and I have not seen any of these issues at all ,I would not have even known anything without seeing this thread.

      Yesterday the 24th, it seemed their were some issues with the server but "no" other nonsense Like googoodoodle was warning.

      It has been noted that they do not like internet marketeers anyway.

      I hope this is not some new animal they are throwing in the mix.
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    • Profile picture of the author haya
      Originally Posted by kencalhn View Post

      boo it's halloween... it was all just a WF trick or treat

      LOL. Love the way you think dude !!

      Feeling better already... freaked out yesterday.
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  • Profile picture of the author LastWarrior
    For you gambler types, lets put this in perspective:

    Since Google reports there were 4,487 pages tested here and had found 9 instances of pages that had malicious software, that means statistically saying that IF nothing had changed since then, the odds of you getting that infection, had your anti-virus failed, and you were lucky enough to open one of those pages/threads/images...

    There is approx. a 1/20th of 1% chance you will get the infection... or your computer will. LOL!

    However, since the OP stated in the first post that one infected thread was deleted already, then the odds go even more in your favor. Then you factor in since Google's report is revealing as to the source, etc, the forum here will make likely changes. Even further reducing your odds of catching an OTD... ie, Online Transmitted Disease!

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  • Profile picture of the author whland
    Thanks for the info. Good to hear that the site was still safe to visit and nobody's computers got infected. Still I stayed away just incase.

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    Now that I've read this thread, my judgement that I could safely ignore the warning seems to be correct.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nuno
    Right now I have no issues with Firefox or Chrome, and I'm running Malwarebytes Pro.
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    I think the problem has been resolved now...at least am not seeing the warning with Firefox and Chrome now. Phew!
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  • Profile picture of the author jezter6
    I signed up for the War Room 3 days ago, and got a bunch of Fraud Alerts from my credit card overnight.

    I can't say for SURE it was this site...but it was the only transaction I had made other than my cable bill on that card in 6 months...
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      Originally Posted by jezter6 View Post

      I signed up for the War Room 3 days ago, and got a bunch of Fraud Alerts from my credit card overnight.
      Not sure what happened there, but I'd call them immediately and find out what's going on.

      I'd also get and run some really good security software on your computer. It's possible it's been infected and you have a keylogger or other malware on your machine.
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      • Profile picture of the author jezter6
        Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

        Not sure what happened there, but I'd call them immediately and find out what's going on.

        I'd also get and run some really good security software on your computer. It's possible it's been infected and you have a keylogger or other malware on your machine.
        Oh, they called me and cancelled my card.

        So far my PC checks out ok via Symantec, but I will look at a few other options.
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        • Profile picture of the author jelkin
          Originally Posted by jezter6 View Post

          Oh, they called me and cancelled my card.

          So far my PC checks out ok via Symantec, but I will look at a few other options.
          I agree with the suggestions to run a few other programs. I typically run the free Adaware, Avast and Malware Bytes, and it is always amazing what one will find that the other didn't.
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    Knock on wood. No warnings with Google or Firefox.

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    As i've posted before now i had to update that everything seems to be ok: google search referrals / firefox.
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    Excited to hear everything is back in order.

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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Problem is fixed in Firefox. I am assuming it is also the same with the others.
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  • Profile picture of the author dvduval
    Google seems to have this God-like power to scare the natives. Glad you got it solved so quickly.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      Now that I've read this thread, my judgement that I could safely ignore the warning seems to be correct.
      This time around it looks that way.

      I not only viewed the thread the graphics were in, I visited the site that was supposedly the problem. Got the badware warning, but there's nothing in my logs to show any active incursion attempts from the site. Neither Norton Internet Security or Malwarebytes found any malware issues or other threats on the machine I used for the tests.

      As far as I can see, only 3 people visited the problem thread yesterday anyway. The guy who reported a BS post, the one who posted it, and me.

      I wouldn't assume it will always be that way in the future, though. If you aren't using solid security software and something like Sandboxie, I'd avoid sites throwing that warning. It's right way more often than "wrong."


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    I use Chrome and now its all good, glad to know its back to normal
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