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Instructables.com Detected as a Malware Distributor Answered

Ok, seems like others are having similar issues - when I open instructables.com in Google Chrome, it blocks the access and tells me it's unsafe. I know instructables.com is perfectly safe, so I'd like to notify you so that your reputation does not get smudged.

Screenshot attached. Hope you can resolve this soon.

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mikeasaurus (author)2012-07-03

This sometimes happens when we push a release for our site. It's been fixed now and the message no longer should appear.

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dlbott (author)2012-07-02

Well you know they will solve it but you can bet there is a problem. It is not a problem that the site itself is doing but that someone is slipping in malware in their instructables somehow. Don't dismiss google's warnings outright. They did catch malware attempts and reported them to the site.

It is not the site's fault but sad fact in today's internet. These lowlife's always trying some mischief at the expense of others. In many cases it is an attempt by them to make money, thus, malware and not a virus. The site will get it sorted out, not knowing which instructable is spreading the malware I just would not view any instructables for a day or so until they root them out.

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jakebaldwin (author)2012-07-02

Seems to me like it only happens every once and a while, and when it does, everyone sees it. I just got one (Mac, Chrome, secure home internet connection), and I got one along with dr. richtofen a while ago. Does anyone know what sets off Chrome's alerts, specifically? Maybe it's a recurring feature on the front page.

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colorex (author)jakebaldwin2012-07-02

I was thinking something around software or software code uploaded by an author, maybe with educational purposes, but it may still be "malicious software".

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canucksgirl (author)jakebaldwin2012-07-02

From what I just read, the staff is aware of the issue and is in the process of fixing it now. They hope to have it corrected this afternoon and recommend using another browser for the time being.

I hope that helps.

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mrmath (author)2012-07-02

I know you're aware of it, and working on it and all. Just wanted to add another tick to the counter of people who KNOW this site is safe, and had to click "proceed anyway" on the Chrome error above.

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colorex (author)mrmath2012-07-02

I know that, but this is still quite difamatory for Instructables - might scare away possible new authors - which we don't want.

Get this fixed quick, Instructables is clean!

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cyberpageman (author)2012-07-02

I got the warning too--glad development team on the case. Can you let us know what the problem is and if it's fixed?

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dr. richtofen (author)2012-07-02

I had it too some weeks ago, then not until now. Today I got the message again on my own instructables. Not on other pages.

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Ok, it's wierd, because I cán visit instructables with going straight to my own pages on chrome. I can visit every page with Internet explorer.

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colorex (author)dr. richtofen2012-07-02

I haven't had the issue since I posted this.

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dorkpirate (author)2012-07-02

I got the warning also today

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Kiteman (author)2012-06-18

The development team are on the case.

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