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« Reply #120 on: June 25, 2018, 04:19:58 pm »

I tried logging onto site today (13:00 hrs - Eastern Canada) and “same old / same old”..!
Bjorn and Henrik’s suggestions are merely “bandaid” jobs and do not fix the problem.
To manage exclusions in malwarebytes (removing block) is risky in my opinion, leaving the user vulnerable.
To say  “we try to have malwarebytes to remove the block” is not very reassuring. There are too many “if’s” to contend with.
More than a year ago under a different title (Shipspotting “not a secure site”)  site security  issues were addressed.
At the time (March 22, 2017) technical management indicated site in process of “moving over to https as with most other websites are”.
“But due to the size and functionality we provide it’s a big job to do”.
As I’ve indicated in earlier comments I appreciate the efforts and long hours entire Shipspotting team put into ensuring site runs smoothly.
In view of the current difficulties site experiencing, I am wondering what the time line is for site to move to “https”...?
Best regards to all....
andre
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« Reply #121 on: June 26, 2018, 05:34:20 am »

can anyone using Norton confirm that it no longer describes the site as dangerous?
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« Reply #122 on: June 26, 2018, 06:34:41 am »

can anyone using Norton confirm that it no longer describes the site as dangerous?
Hello Clyde,

The Norton websafe on line web checker shows the site as Computer threats 1 and other threats 0.
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« Reply #123 on: June 26, 2018, 07:25:02 am »

About Norton: still warns me that it is a dangerous site but I resume working on the site daily without any other problems. Sometimes an exe with .ru - extension tries to start but Norton removes it straight away. After that Norton still reports no problems on my PC.
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« Reply #124 on: June 26, 2018, 09:50:02 am »

Following Henrik's message here yesterday, I asked him last night how he is getting on with clearing the Malwarebytes and Norton warnings.  Hopefully we will hear more later today.
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« Reply #125 on: June 26, 2018, 09:53:53 am »

Problem with AVG is that I only get occasional (and rare) warnings, there is no consistency, but most of the time it works fine for me. 
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« Reply #126 on: June 26, 2018, 01:25:20 pm »

Hi all,

There was a javascript link on the site that caused initial problems. There are no threats on the site, and we try to have Malwarebytes to remove the block.

You can remove the block in your software as per the instructions above. If you do - please note that we never want you to click any download links and we never want you to run or give access to something on your computer. These pop-up questions can show up in your browser either if we have a bad advertiser not yet blocked by the ad agency we use, or if your computer is affected by malware already that does not have anything with shipspotting.com to do.

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Henrik

Henrik,

I appreciate the above, however, I can still access (and download on mobile) "http://shipspotting.com/ smf1/include/Install.exe", which still contains a trojan according to Kaspersky.

I uploaded the above mentioned file to virustotal.com (a batch file scanner, basically runs the file through multiple AVs at once). Over 40 applications picked it up as a trojan.

Could you please explain this, if the site is, as you say, "safe"?

[DA: disrupted above link to avoid inadvertant access]
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« Reply #127 on: June 26, 2018, 07:18:41 pm »

Hi

Windows XP and Avast give no warnings here.
Browser is Mozilla. Safe for my combination of Internet browsing.

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« Reply #128 on: June 29, 2018, 12:19:18 pm »

Norton shows site upgraded from D to C just now.
 In other words No Threats Detected .
Using Mac OSX 10.13.5 and Safari 11.1.1
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« Reply #129 on: June 29, 2018, 07:50:31 pm »

6-29-2108
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Windows 10 PC still unable to log on site safely due to Malwarebytes warning ⚠️
Using IPad for this forum but still getting Website Not Secure. Warning ⚠️

Any idea when this site will be safe and I can resume monthly support???
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« Reply #130 on: June 30, 2018, 01:20:42 am »

Visited local tech shop earlier today (June 29) to try and get a better understanding of the
current problem that has plagued this site since June 5.  My tech guy confirmed both malwarebytes and Norton programs  “running on all 12 cylinders”, so we drilled into malwarebytes program and in the exclusions section added Shipspotting site. Unlike previous attempts I can now access
Site home page on PC, however, when trying to “log on” to upload photos or open forum page, the Malwarebytes program kicks in and blocks me
from further access within site.... Huh
As legitimate as this sites’ current software program may be (without https), reading what some of the other members are reporting to date, isuggests to me there still contains loopholes or vulnerabilities that can be exploited rendering site unsafe... Huh
And yet, I notice other members uploading on a regular basis. It makes me wonder, what have they done to circumvent issue
that  I can’t seem to do (in order to access site to upload etc...) Huh
As indicated above, even managing exclusions in malwarebytes does not seem to work.
Don’t know what more I can to do to get around this issue.
(Will go back to the shop again next week and try something different).
In the meantime I am asking again, has a time line been established as to when site moving over to https...?
Or provide update as to when site expect to clean out malware.
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« Reply #131 on: June 30, 2018, 06:32:26 am »

And yet, I notice other members uploading on a regular basis. It makes me wonder, what have they done to circumvent issue
that  I can’t seem to do (in order to access site to upload etc...) Huh
andre

Probably not using malwarebytes is the best solution. (The oystrich spproach) I am using AVG and although I have had some warnings in the beginning of the problems, and occasional hick-ups later, I have always been able to access the site.
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« Reply #132 on: June 30, 2018, 07:32:42 am »

Hi Andrecas
In Malware exclusion you have add : 1: www.shipspotting.com/
2: forum.shipspotting.com/ look at page 8 for instruction (print it and take to the PC shop.
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« Reply #133 on: July 01, 2018, 11:51:26 am »

By passing the  safety features is NOT a  good solution if you want to protect your computer from malware.
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« Reply #134 on: July 01, 2018, 02:35:07 pm »

I couldn’t agree more with oldkayaker.  However, after a tech shop visit thought I would reluctantly
try the “exclusion” route. While that allowed me to view SS homepage I could not log on to site.
That tells me malwarebytes is doing its job. Strangely enough, the pop up screen read “website blocked
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For whatever efforts Henrik putting in to cleaning  up this site, the malware attached is managing to stay one
step ahead of those efforts.
In reference to David’s (davidships) reply of June 24 (reply #114), I share his views (in bold print), as well
as the frustration Webmasters must be experiencing at this time.
Fifteen months ago site tech indicated a transition to “https” was forthcoming. I can understand and appreciate
what a huge job that entails. Now, more than a year on, I am wondering what progress has been made and if
an end date established..?


***A hijacker is a type of malware that modifies a web’s browser’s settings without users permission
     usually to inject unwanted ads into the browser or redirect to scam sites.

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