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After opening the Instructable home page (and each page after) I received an alert from Norton 360 of a Virus on each page of the Instructables site (see included image). The virus name is Hacktool.WFPOff and its location is https://www.instructables.com/files/orig/FR7/KVOR/FIQ727SF/FR7KVORFIQ727SF.tmp

I'm curious if this is a false alarm, or if it is in fact a virus on your site.

Thank you,
Dave


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lebowski (author)2009-12-11

I have relocated the file so it is not accessible to anyone. We will delete it once we can confirm if it has a virus or not.

I'm a little surprised that Norton would be scanning all of the files that we host for viruses. The homepage would never call that file directly.

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Rock Soldier (author)lebowski2009-12-11

What file exactly are we talking. What I mean is, what does it (or should it, if it is infected) do? Just curious.

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JMUBrew (author)2012-06-18

I get the same alerts from Google.  Have attached a shot of Google's "Safe Browsing diagnostic page".

Weird.

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Kiteman (author)JMUBrew2012-06-18

The development team know about this, and are working on it.

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DJ Radio (author)2009-12-20

If a user uploaded the file here because he knew it would set off security alerts and thought it was funny, its not.

I've been reading issues of PC world lately and they say popular websites are hacked and rigged to install malware on computers that visit it.

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 The (only) bad comment is about how a file uploaded by a user was blocked. That doesn't make the website bad, and the person who uploaded it probably didn't know that it contained malware.

I think someone at Instructables HQ needs to have a look at this: http://safeweb.norton.com/help/site_owners

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We have taken care of this and asked them to re-evaluate our site.

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Kiteman (author)lebowski2009-12-12

How long should that take, because I'm still getting the same alert from Norton (although the AVG at school says it's fine).

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lebowski (author)Kiteman2009-12-12

I have no idea how long it takes Norton to re-evaluate our site and confirm that we have corrected the problem.

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Rock Soldier (author)2009-12-11

Hey dude, what Firefox skin do you have? Looks pretty sweet.
Thanks.

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iacchus (author)Rock Soldier2009-12-12

Thanks, Its the NASA Night Launch skin

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Rock Soldier (author)iacchus2009-12-12

Thanks. I just uploaded it, and I already love it. Have you ever used the bloody red theme? It's pretty cool looking. I recommend it. The current version is 0.9

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Kiteman (author)2009-12-10

Goodness me - I just checked my own Norton, and I also get that exact-same alert.

If I google for Instructables, the result list also gives an "amber" alert:


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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2009-12-11

You trigger Amber Alerts?! D: D:

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Lithium Rain (author)2009-12-11

 VIRUS ALERT


Delete immediately before someone gets hurt...

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lemonie (author)2009-12-10

I wonder who uploaded it & when, and what the file is (without it's .tmp)?

L

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NachoMahma (author)2009-12-10

.  Avira AntiVir reports the file as containing malware.

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Doctor What (author)2009-12-10

Funny, didn't Norton have a large (emphasis on the large) advertisement on Instructables at one point?

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Kiteman (author)Doctor What2009-12-10

Indeed.

It's not their fault if their software finds something dodgy, though.

It would be a poor show if they hid the fact because of a past business relationship.

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