redirected to a supicious site

Ok guys, I dont know if anybody else has noticed this so here goes.  I was viewing this: https://www.instructables.com/id/Party-Crackers/ , instructable at 8:01PM tonight.  When without even touching my mouse I was redirected here: http://malwarealsscan.com/index.php?affid=91107 ( I would advise NOT clicking this).  I'm not sure if this is something dangerous or if it is an ad for something. Has this happened to anyone else? Does anybody know anything about this? 

Posted by junits15 8 years ago


Why is that little solar panel sneaking about...

That little solar panel that popped up behind robot, it was a link before but now it's in a sensible place...  Actually it was a little advertising easter egg earlier but now it's sitting there in its rightful place all smug and whatnot, lording it over me like some kind of photovoltaic fuhrer, thinks he's so good with his ability to turn photons in to voltage differentials, like I can't do that when I try. 

Posted by killerjackalope 7 years ago


Voting for yourself through new accounts. My suspicions.

Since I've started playing around in the contests adding this and that, I see people with an outstanding number of votes, but a pitiful amount of page views. I get the suspicion that said people are creating new accounts and voting for themselves. How do I come about this you ask? I can't say for sure, but when I see someones page who has a ton of feedback from peoples accounts that were created within the contest period, it seems a little fishy. I think that the person enters said instructable, makes more accounts, and while he's going to vote for himself, leaves some nice feedback to try and incourage others to vote. Because when I see a page full of feedback from accounts created in the last 4 days, I get a little paranoid. So seriously people, DO NOT DO THIS, don't go and vote for yourself. It's not cool, and nobody likes when people do it. It messes with contests and peoples instructables who honestly would have won, may not because some jerk gives himself votes through his accounts. Let me know what you guys think, and lets try to figure out a way of keeping this from happening, because I don't want it ruining a perfectly good contest.

Posted by Gunk on Floor 10 years ago


Suspicious Email

Heyyy Yall, i got an email from 'INSTRUCTABLES ROBOT'. the email said "a member, firestorm 16912 had subscribed to me". and gave a 'LINK' (https://www.instructables.com/member/firestorm16912/ Who-What-Where is this  coming from and why? thanx. memjim

Posted by MEMJIM 7 years ago


http://www.instructables.xyz/ phishing?

Http://www.instructables.xyz/ looks suspicious. Phishing. I ended up on that page via google. Someone wants to steal logins and passwords.

Posted by PawelR 3 years ago


Too many spy?

Is it just me, or does kipkay (and a lot of the maker community in general, but I noticed it most with kipkay) have a suspiciously creepy amount of spying makes. For example:http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2009/01/weekend_project_portable_spy_scope_1.htmlhttp://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/08/weekend_project_aircraft.htmlhttp://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/06/weekend_project_parabolic_1.htmlthere's others, but I can't find them

Posted by guyfrom7up 9 years ago


Google Malware Warnings

As I visit your site today from my work computer I am getting the big red Google malware warning: Safe Browsing Diagnostic page for www.instructables.com/files/orig What is the current listing status for www.instructables.com/files/orig? Site is listed as suspicious - visiting this web site may harm your computer. Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 1 time(s) over the past 90 days. What happened when Google visited this site? Of the 198 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 36 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2012-06-17, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2012-06-17. This site was hosted on 9 network(s) including AS22300 (WIKIA), AS4436 (AS), AS54113 (FASTLY). Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware? Over the past 90 days, www.instructables.com/files/orig did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites. 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. Next steps: Return to the previous page. If you are the owner of this web site, you can request a review of your site using Google Webmaster Tools. More information about the review process is available in Google's Webmaster Help Center.

Posted by NewWaveDJ 6 years ago


some instructable pages pointing to trojan websites ?

 I am browsing with Safari and am lately getting warnings from its "phishing detector" on instructables.com web pages (not all, some), for example: https://www.instructables.com/id/Structured-Light-3D-Scanning/step6/Capture-and-Decoding/ results in a Safari dialog (not every time, so somebody is trying to be clever):  "The website you are visiting appears to contain malware. .... For details visit the Google Safe Browsing diagnostic page for statsistats.com" which, when we follow the link to google, gives: " Safe Browsing Diagnostic page for statsistats.com   What is the current listing status for statsistats.com? Site is listed as suspicious - visiting this web site may harm your computer.   Part of this site was listed for suspicious activity 1 time(s) over the past 90 days.   What happened when Google visited this site? Of the 17 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 0 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2009-12-31, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2009-12-31. Malicious software includes 24 trojan(s).   This site was hosted on 1 network(s) including AS34305 (EUROACCESS).   Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware? Over the past 90 days, statsistats.com did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites.   Has this site hosted malware? Yes, this site has hosted malicious software over the past 90 days. It infected 21 domain(s), including telugulife.com/, telugucinemastills.com/, junkupload.com/.   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. " Could all be  a false alarm, just wondering since I have been getting several of these lately on instructables.com

Posted by robert2008 8 years ago


Password reset not working

Every time I attempt to log on to the site, I am forced to reset my password. Whatever I set it to, it is rejected the next time I log on. This happens on multiple browsers on multiple operating systems. It happens with passwords I type in myself and with long passwords entered for me by KeePass. I have cleared cookies, with no luck. This has been happening for the last several weeks. Not super annoying, since I don't often have to log back in, but it still feels janky to be resetting my password so frequently. I'd rather my account not be disabled due to suspicious activity! Anyone else seeing this?

Posted by gfish 3 years ago


About repairing the RROD on xbox 360's

Okay, I am thinking about getting me an xbox 360, but it is a bit over my budget so I am going to get a faulty one from ebay. But then when I look up some RROD (red ring of death) repair guides, I got suspicious about how you repair the xbox's, all  you just need to take it apart, replace the thermal paste between the heatsinks and the chips and put it all together. That just doesn't seem right... Does anyone have personal experience using this technique to repair their xbox 360?

Posted by Plasmana 8 years ago


"Malware Detected"

Hi, today I got an error message in chrome whenever I load an instructables page; "Google has found malicious software may be installed onto your computer if you proceed. If you've visited this site in the past or you trust this site, it's possible that it has just recently been compromised by a hacker. You should not proceed, and perhaps try again tomorrow or go somewhere else. We have already notified www.instructables.com that we found malware on the site. For more about the problems found on www.instructables.com, visit the Google Safe Browsing diagnostic page." on the diagnostic page, it says; "What is the current listing status for www.instructables.com? Site is listed as suspicious - visiting this web site may harm your computer. What happened when Google visited this site? Of the 18 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 0 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2012-06-16, and suspicious content was never found on this site within the past 90 days. This site was hosted on 8 network(s) including AS4436 (AS), AS22300 (WIKIA), AS3257 (TISCALI). Has this site acted as an intermediary resulting in further distribution of malware? Over the past 90 days, www.instructables.com/files/orig did not appear to function as an intermediary for the infection of any sites. 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." It goes on to suggest using the Google Webmaster tools to request a review. It seems odd that it's always been fine before, then for no apparent reason shows this?

Posted by Frank Strudel 6 years ago


Make sure "sponsored content" is identified on mobile app like it is on the site?

A couple times recently I've been scrolling through featured projects on the mobile app (Android) and noticed one that had some suspiciously prominent Mike's Hard Lemonade in it. It wasn't until I checked in a normal web browser that I could confirm that these were sponsored content: https://www.instructables.com/id/Mikes-Marinade/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Tent-stake-marker/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Tiki-Torch-Bottle/ I do appreciate the efforts for transparency on the site and how these are clearly marked as sponsored. It would be nice to get that same transparency on the mobile app - unless I'm missing something, right now there's no way to tell the difference between a regular featured project and a sponsored one.

Posted by Ben Finio 4 years ago


Squishy plastic lava thing

Remember these squishy things? You got them cheap at toy stores and were always suspicious of them breaking and spilling their noxious contents all over you and your family (at least, that is what I worried about as a kid.) I think I had a cd case with purple blobs of liquid. Anyway, I want to try making something like that, though I haven't done anything like it before. I suppose I need your help with ideas for 1. what would be a decent liquid filling that wouldn't degrade or get moldy or fade somehow 2. how I would go about sealing the edges in a aesthetically pleasing manner. I suppose there is heat sealing, and glues that bond plastics? And...I guess I would not be able to make very complex shapes?? 

Posted by Clabber Goil 6 years ago


SciFi Essay Topics - Any Ideas?

For school, I have to write a 6-8 page essay, double spaced, about a chose topic. My teacher said we could pick our own, but she (a) has to approve of it, and (b) it has to be mysterious/unsolved/SciFi/urban legend/consipracy theory. Also, any suspicious crimes, like that concerning Lizzie Borden, are also accepted. My friend is writing of the Chupacabra. Does anyone have any ideas on some good topics, that I won't be straining to find info to write about, i.e., a topic with a ton of info, so much so that I have to condense it? I love the genre that my teacher gave, conspiracy theories, SciFi, and urban legends are my thing. I just can't think of any that would be worth writing so much about. Thanks, I appreciate it!

Posted by Bran 10 years ago


Edmund Scientific: Question

Has Edmund Scientifics (originally Edmund Science) bee taken over by a company outside the USA? The only reason I ask is that, I was reading down through the Geek Tech stuff, and when I went to descriptions, I found stuff like this: The Privacy Safe can detect the strength of radio frequency generated by different types of LED signal indicator such as wireless video camera. When a suspicious object is approached or located, the "Red" light will be on and the alarm will beep continuously. The superb bright torch could illuminate allows you to find things or read in the dark.That nearly drove me to distraction reading grammar like this from a supposedly scientific catalog. I remember when I was much younger, you couldn't even find a misspelled word in their catalogs, now I can hardly read them without wincing . Anyone know what happened?

Posted by Goodhart 9 years ago


What makes the "clicky clicky" noise when you switch on your turn signal?

I was planning on making a "How to Make a Suspicious Object" Instructable, but I'm at a loss for making a loud tick-tock noise. I haven't been able to find a clock with a tick loud enough to be noticeably audible through the box.Perhaps I should elaborate a little on my goal... I want to create a couple of very questionable-looking objects. Think cardboard box wrapped in electrical tape with wires sticking out from it. But that's just the start. Of course we'll need a clock-like tick, and perhaps even a count-down timer! Some tilt-sensitive vibrating motors, etc. :PAs of right now, it'll just be for fun, some electronics experience, some laughs, etc.Which leads me to: What makes the clicky-clicky noise when you flip on your turn-signal?Update:Darn! Someone beat me to it! Apparently Junkfunnel Labs is way ahead of me. Here's the video.

Posted by carbon 11 years ago


I hate April Fool .......

.I just wanted to say it : I hate April Fool ...............I'm perfectly aware that when it's about humour and jokes, I can be a real retarded kid or a real little rascal (sometimes both at the same time)...For instance, just to give you a sample, when I wrote "I hate April Fool", the "funny hemisphere" of my brain immediately computed a risky (and probably stupid and immature) pun :"I hate April Fool ........ 'cause this girl is a real pain !"Well ...... and paradoxically, despite I find many April Fool jokes funny, I hate this day.Why ?Because :1) every little "unexpected" (and plausible) information seems suspicious.2) some extremely serious persons (teammates or superior) tries to be cool only this day, and become ridiculously serious again the day after ......... and paradoxically, their April Fool sense of humour is as low as their seriousness is high the rest of the year (this is a great source of disappointment to see how stupid can be someone you respected for his/her intelligence).3) I don't remember #3 .... who really care about it anyway ???Voila ...That was my April Fool rant.Wow ! I feel better know !=o]

Posted by chooseausername 10 years ago


TSA Security and why George Orwell is the New Nostradamas

This is basically ripped from Digg, but I'd much rather open discussion here rather than over on Digg as Digg isn't a discussion, just a horde of comments...Travelers at Sea-Tac and dozens of other major airports across America are being scrutinized by teams of TSA behavior-detection officers specially trained to discern the subtlest suspicious behaviors...Such people are referred for secondary screening, which can include a pat-down search and an X-ray exam. The microfacial expressions, he said, are the same across many cultures. ...a central task is to recognize microfacial expressions....ArticlePerhaps you've read Orwell's 1984 - if you haven't, do so.He did not know how long she had been looking at him, but perhaps for as much as five minutes, and it was possible that his features had not been perfectly under control. It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself—anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face (to look incredulous when a victory was announced, for example) was itself a punishable offence. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime, it was called.Digg Linked HereAgain a link to the Surveillance map - in which we (US) have joined the UK, Russia and China as an Endemic Surveillance society...LinkHow do you feel about your privacy?I say this as I personally have almost nothing but contempt for the TSA.... I say that as someone that almost always gets extra screening - so much that almost all of my flight tickets of the "SSSS" designation (indicating you get special screening without anyone picking you out).

Posted by trebuchet03 10 years ago


Cannot install files over 100~ MB???

So a couple of months ago i downloaded saints row 3 *crack* from blackbox, i install but at 25% of installation it says "Decompression failed. Error -7". I thought is was a problem with the installer. Then i downloaded Grand Theft Auto IV (wonderful game i mite say), and it comes up with non stop "CRC Error. Needs orijinal CD" or something.  ---this is where i got suspicious. Then Battlefield 3. That is the moment i started to hate computers. Dying light, that was my limit. İ am dying to play a game with good graphics. Help me please!!! Comp. specs: Processor Information:     Vendor:  GenuineIntel     CPU Family:  0xf     CPU Model:  0x6     CPU Stepping:  0x2     CPU Type:  0x0     Speed:  3024 Mhz     2 logical processors     2 physical processors     HyperThreading:  Unsupported     FCMOV:  Supported     SSE2:  Supported     SSE3:  Supported     SSSE3:  Unsupported     SSE4a:  Unsupported     SSE41:  Unsupported     SSE42:  Unsupported     Network Information:     Network Speed:      Operating System Version:     Windows 7 (32 bit)     NTFS:  Supported     Crypto Provider Codes:  Supported 311 0x0 0x0 0x0     Video Card:     Driver:  ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series      DirectX Driver Name:  aticfx32.dll     Driver Version:  8.771.0.0     DirectX Driver Version:  8.17.10.1043     Driver Date: 25 Aug 2010     OpenGL Version: 3.3     Desktop Color Depth: 32 bits per pixel     Monitor Refresh Rate: 60 Hz     DirectX Card: ATI Radeon HD 4600 Series      VendorID:  0x1002     DeviceID:  0x9498     Number of Monitors:  1     Number of Logical Video Cards:  1     No SLI or Crossfire Detected     Primary Display Resolution:  1600 x 900     Desktop Resolution: 1600 x 900     Primary Display Size: 22.20" x 12.52"  (25.47" diag)                                             56.4cm x 31.8cm  (64.7cm diag)     Primary Bus Type Not Detected     Primary VRAM: 1024 MB     Supported MSAA Modes:  2x 4x 8x     Sound card:     Audio device: Hoparl?r (High Definition Audio     Memory:     RAM:  2047 Mb     Miscellaneous:     UI Language:  English     Microphone:  Not set     Media Type:  DVD     Total Hard Disk Space Available:  476929 Mb     Largest Free Hard Disk Block:  81429 Mb     OS Install Date: Tem 21 2014     Game Controller: None detected    İnstalled software:  Non'ya Damn Buisness

Posted by Doc Penguin 3 years ago


Handmade for the Holidays

The winter holidays are upon us!  I can't seem to go anywhere without being accosted in several senses at once with a frantic plea to "BUY, BUY, BUY!"  Advertisements for various sales splash across my field of view, blaring pop versions of holiday songs reverberate against my eardrums, and obnoxious clouds of synthetic fragrances waft, uninvited, into my sinuses.  Maybe I'm an idealist, or maybe I'm just a curmudgeon... but I don't understand how a season of giving meshes with a season of commercial overconsumption. If I thought hard about it, perhaps my aunt Ida really wouldn't be thrilled with the box of assorted oversalted meats, plastic vials of suspiciously labeled "seasonings", and cheap imported mugs with images of football playing reindeer.  But if the tacky mug set is the only piece of kitsch in an entire department store that fits in my budget, how much choice do I have? Lots, it turns out.  Handmade gifts have become increasingly popular in recent years, and it's easy to see why.  They're individualized and unique, they tend to use fewer resources and produce far less pollution since they're not made in a factory, they can be created with attention to detail and quality, and can cost little more than time and thought.  In this economy, most of us have limited funds.  Even if you're fabulously wealthy, a thoughtful handmade gift from you can mean more than a pricey basket that took no more though than whipping out a credit card. If you're browsing Instructables, you probably already enjoy learning about other people's ideas and sharing your own.  Whether you're a long term author or haven't yet posted your own Instructable, now is the perfect time to show us something you can make!  Have you reclaimed wool from a thrift store sweater to make a set of mittens for your mom?  Have you made a small batch of scented homemade play dough, or perhaps melted old bits of crayons into chunky, swirly new ones for a child in your life?  Are you brainstorming a plywood and acrylic laser cut clock for a loved one?  Whatever it is that you've made as a gift, we'd love to see it!  If you haven't yet... there's still time to get started.  This year, we have some fabulous incentives (as if you needed more reasons to make something for someone else).  Win yourself or a loved one a new computer, iPad or camera to document future Instructables! We'll be posting the Holiday Gifts Contest page soon, so be sure to keep an eye out.   In the meantime, be sure to check out the Reuse and Sew Warm contests already running.  There's still time to enter, and while you're there, be sure to vote for your favorites! 

Posted by scoochmaroo 5 years ago


Stopping contest cheaters

I was casting my votes for projects in the Chirstmas Decorations Contest and noticed something strange. The project with the highest votes had a bunch of very brief and highly complimentary comments made by people with the generic avatar. It just looked funny to me. The author wasn't replying to any of the comments. Look at your instructables and i bet there is a sprinkling of generic avatars and also some actual conversations between you and your commenters. So i probed. And i noticed that a bunch of these seemingly generic profiles had been created just prior to the close of another contest. And guess what? They comment on (and i'm willing to bet - vote for) only the instructables of a single user. What are the chances? So i sent an email to TPTB and when the contest results were announced i felt better knowing that they hadn't gamed the system. So i was perusing the entries of the Craftsman contest to start casting votes and started with those with the most votes. And i found another project that had a bunch of generic avatars commenting - and on one case they messed up and replied to one of their fake compliments with a thank you but they used a profile that they complimented the project on instead of the profile that they submitted the project with. What is frustrating is that some of these projects are quite good and should stand on their own merit. The authors just ruin it by artificially creating conversation, inflating the registered user count, and seeming desperate. To prevent from seeming biased or hoping to have my project rank higher i have asked to have my project removed from the contest. (i have no expectation of even an honorable mention my project is so pale in comparison to the many great ones - the project i really wanted to do was impossible because of my Alaskan winter weather) I have a few suggestions... Instructables Staff: Perhaps a rule in the contest prohibiting the creation of multiple profiles for the purpose of voting for or increasing the comments (do they pop to the front page when recently commented on?) or hit count of their project. If you really have multiple personalities then this rule would not apply. (grin) Or maybe a "report this user" feature which browsers could use. Report as: possible duplicate, offensive, violating something or other... Instructables users: Perhaps the masses have a better chance of catching things like this. I don't think this problem will go away unless it is clear that it won't be tolerated. (Or am i just getting too grumpy and it should be tolerated?) We can post suspicious users or projects with comments that appear hokey. I guess the best question to ask right now is should this be dealt with quietly (the staff will ignore votes from the same IP address or use other non-public methods of dealing with it). Or should there be a public flogging? I'd hate to see a really great project with an honorable user bumped out of a prize or even have a lower vote tally than a project that has merits but an author cheating the system to boost their score.

Posted by zieak 9 years ago