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Virus Alert after opening Instructables site Answered

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
lebowski

11 years ago

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
Rock Soldier

Reply 11 years ago

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
JMUBrew

8 years ago

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

Weird.

Googlesafediagnostic.jpg
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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 8 years ago

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

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DJ Radio
DJ Radio

11 years ago

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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lebowski
lebowski

Reply 11 years ago

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

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

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
lebowski

Reply 11 years ago

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
Rock Soldier

11 years ago

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

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iacchus
iacchus

Reply 11 years ago

Thanks, Its the NASA Night Launch skin

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Rock Soldier
Rock Soldier

Reply 11 years ago

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
Kiteman

11 years ago

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:


norton screen shot.JPG
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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 11 years ago

You trigger Amber Alerts?! D: D:

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

11 years ago

 VIRUS ALERT


Delete immediately before someone gets hurt...

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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

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

L

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

11 years ago

.  Avira AntiVir reports the file as containing malware.

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Doctor What
Doctor What

11 years ago

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

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

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.