A couple of months ago a financial blogger (and cyber friend) at GaltStock notified me that he received a warning from his Kaspersky anti-virus protection program when he came to Maggie’s Notebook. To make the long story short, this blog was (and is) absolutely clean, and yes I used various scans to make certain there was nothing awry with my site, along with professional help. I contacted Kaspersky. It appears a troll took exception to what I was saying and did something to throw up an alert. GlatStock, a Kaspersky customer, notified them on my behalf. I notified them and the alert went away. Now it’s back.
UPDATE 12-29-12 12:10 pm: All blogrolls mentioned below are back up in RSS mode. Waiting to see what develops next.
Two blogger friends, Proof at Proof Positive and MOTUS at Michelle Obama’s Mirror, as well as a reader and personal friend in Colorado, notified me of the latest intrusion on my blog’s web presence. If I understand correctly, MOTUS had reader’s tell her that a warning popped up for her site because she was linked to me.
My Colorado friend told me his Kaspersky warning said a link/links to Feedburner.com were the culprit. Proof got a warning on my “Favicon.” I’ve never had an account with Favicon. I do have an account with Gravatar, which has provided the little Liberty Bell that shows up when I comment on other blogs. I had more than one of the same Liberty Bell at Gravatar, and so changed to another. Maybe that will make things nice again.
30-day site report for: feedburner.com
Surf with caution
During the last 7 days potentially active threats were detected on a subdomain. However, no threats were detected on the main site.(updated Dec 28, 2012 GMT)
The SunAnt folks searched my entire site for anything malicious and found nada. A solution is to disable Feedburner – maybe? Google purchased Feedburner in 2007 and has now apparently abandoned any maintenance of the operation.
I have taken a few steps that my blogging friends need to know about, as well as readers:
1) If your blog is on the blogroll in my left sidebar, which is today titled Blogroll 1 (Previously RSS), your RSS feed has been disabled until I can get the problem resolved. Was this necessary? I don’t know.
2) If you were on one of my special blogrolls, i.e. Outstanding Oklahoma Bloggers or Topic Titans, you are now on Blogroll 1 until I fix the problem.
3) I have not deleted my Feedburner account and will not until I know doing so is my only remaining option. I’m in discussion with SunAnt about that now.
MOTUS, Proof, my advertiser and my Colorado friend have all told Kaspersky my site is fine with them. MOTUS and Proof are still up and running and haven’t had to deal with a rabid virus, malicious coding, spyware or phishing due to Maggie’s Notebook. I can’t tell you how very much I appreciate each one of them. Just an FYI, I have a Mac that is loaded with protection, even though it’s doubtful it’s needed.
MOTUS has asked her readers using Kaspersky to report the “false positive” through their registered profile. If you have had the same problem, please report it at the following link (given to me by Kaspersky), and I will be forever grateful:
Please remember that Kaspersky is the only anti-virus program warning away from my site – only Kaspersky, which is located in Russia. They forwarded their phone number, which I may have to utilize if the email dialog fails. Wish me luck.
I continue to believe many of these warnings are the result of assaults on conservative blogs. I’ve been through this with Google’s Chrome browser (which I love using). A year or so ago, for no reason, their big red warning came up when reader’s visited – for.no.reason – and it was tough to recover from it. Here I go again
Having said all that, Hubby and I have a great family, had a wonderful Christmas holiday with our son and other family visiting, and with my Mother regaining her health. I do not have cancer or any other dangerous malady that I know of, and I also DO NOT HAVE AN INFECTED BLOG.