This is a post I have dreaded doing, and that I’ve had to do more than once but not concerning McAfee. Months ago a few readers emailed to say they were getting a “Red X” warning from McAfee that my site, Maggie’s Notebook, is a risky place to visit. As you’ll see in the graphic from McAfee below, they were/are not familiar with “Blogads,” which was linked here. They have a big gray question mark, meaning they don’t have a clue, yet they flagged me, saying I MIGHT be a security risk. With the report you see below, wouldn’t you think they would show the problem, if the problem is not Blogads? And it is not Blogads – which unfortunately has not been on my site for months, but McAfee has done nothing to fix their problem which becomes my heartbreak. If you are not a customer, these companies will not talk to you. I have asked to be retested numerous times and have never received a response. I have a MAC and my computer is always updated. My hosts have checked my site over and over, have scanned everything possible including their own servers, installed additional and new malware detection, along with the three I already have, and came up with nothing while Blogads was on my site. I removed Blogads. The scans were re-run with nothing malicious found. If you are a McAfee customer, I need your help.
First, Blogads is a very reputable site that places specific ads on blogs that are requested by an advertiser. In otherwords, if an author wants to place an ad on my site, they might go through Blogads. I get paid. Most of my blogging buddies have Blogads on their sites and none of them have been targeted. Blogads are NOT the problem and they are being villified as well.
I have some information that trolls out there in the ether often submit a site as a danger, and some companies simply take their word for it and blacklist the site. That has happened to me twice in the past. It took a very aggressive blogging friend (and others) to get one of them resolved for me – namely, Michelle Obama’s Mirror, or MOTUS as we fondly refer to her. She and her staff used the service that was flagging me and kept the pressure on. The problem eventually went away. My traffic (readers, visitors) has never recovered and now this!
When a troll gets a blog flagged, it’s enough to make a blogger want to say, okay, I’ve had enough, I’ll spend my time doing something else. I’m close to being at that point. I don’t want them to win. I don’t want to give up but if I do, I won’t be the first blogger to move on to other endeavors for this very reason — liberals spreading their hate in hateful and damaging ways.
I’m not infected and have never been infected in soon-to-be seven years of blogging. I do not have a virus and have never had a virus (at least not on my blog site). I do not have malware. I am disgusted and understand that writing this article will likely scare-off others, but whats a girl to do? I ask you, how do I fix this?
If you are a McAfee customer and would be so kind as to let them know that my site is certainly not risky to any one other than Liberals and Progressives, I will be so grateful.