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243winxb
August 31, 2013, 09:46 AM
Stevespages may harm your computer. My anti-virus program blocked a virus or something each time i went to the data page 2 days ago. I will no longer go there. I suggest you scan your computer for Malware, if you been there. Update- Problem resolved? See post number 11 below.

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Rule3
August 31, 2013, 10:35 AM
Bummer! One of the better sites around. Have used it a lot!

He took it down once as too many people copying stuff or something. Now someone hacked it??:(

About as bad as when the AFTE took away free access to head stamp gallery


(no its NOT BATFE)

http://www.afte.org/

mstreddy
August 31, 2013, 11:57 AM
The pages are not gone. For some reason, google and Firefox are reporting them as containing malware or being a threat.
If you press through or type the url directly then you should be able to get to them My AV is not reporting any issues, but Firefox is and it says it gets the blacklist information from Google. So, somehow Google is marking the site as being a threat. The google message stated that they had at least 2 reports of threats/malware from the site over x period of time.

I emailed Steve about it so he can either fix it or look into it.

But as in anything -- use at your own risk.

EM

Rule3
August 31, 2013, 01:19 PM
Yes, I live life on the edge and clicked on the page and FF warned me so I backed away slowly:D

I can wait until the problem is fixed.

Thanks for e mailing him

YZ
August 31, 2013, 03:39 PM
It can happen with no intentional wrongdoing by the owner. Indiscrete downloading if often the cause. Sometimes it is a targeted attack, when a trojan program is sent in disguise.

It happened to a LGS web site a couple of years ago. I knew it right away that those guys either had no clue, or had dipped in a digital turd disguised as a honey pot.

Rule3
August 31, 2013, 04:13 PM
Kind of OT but related

More of a computer geek question but how do these jerks infect a web site just by downloading stuff.?? I can understand (sort of) if something is uploaded to a site but does Steves pages allow uploads??

YZ
August 31, 2013, 04:32 PM
Probably by a limited number of users with administrative privileges, any of whom can make a mistake. The sites that deal with advertising may unintentionally get involved in snooping by placing tracking cookies in customers' computers. Google does not disclose, for the obvious reasons, what exactly it does to identify "malicious" sites. They used to do random testing for example.

P.S. Not a geek here, more like a former victim.

Rule3
August 31, 2013, 06:45 PM
Edit . more of a knowledgeable computer expert question.:D;)

Otto
August 31, 2013, 07:15 PM
Of the 15 pages Google tested on 'stevespages.com' over the past 90 days, 3 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2013-08-29, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2013-08-29.

Further reading....
http://safebrowsing.clients.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?client=Firefox&hl=en-US&site=http://stevespages.com/page8.htm

YZ
August 31, 2013, 07:57 PM
Good link I did not know existed. Says In some cases, third parties can add malicious code to legitimate sites, which would cause us to show the warning message A likely case with Steve's.

mstreddy
August 31, 2013, 10:41 PM
Steve emailed me back and told me that he had some issues, but that he thought they were resolved already. I sent him a screenshot of what google is reporting on his pages. I haven't heard back from him yet though.
I think that there is a Java applet on some of his pages and that might be what's triggering the alert. These days java, flash and firefox are being updated almost daily and if you don't have the latest then sites will report issues and threats.
I'm not saying that is the exact case with Steve's pages, but I am browsing around there without issues except for the applet that comes up with an unsafe warning and asks me if I want to run it or not.
I hope this helps for those looking to keep a valuable resource handy. As always, YMMV.
And, not an Expert, but a fairly knowledgeable IT dude.

UPDATE: Just heard from Steve:
Yup, some as***le managed to break into the server and placed a bug in my pages. It's easy to get rid of. It is a Java freak that attaches to HTM and HTML files. As far as I know, the problem has been resolved. But if they do it once, they'll do it again! Looks like he screwed-around with my website on the 29th of August...

Eddy

medalguy
September 1, 2013, 12:44 AM
I hope there's a special place in Hell for cretins who do things like that.

steve4102
September 1, 2013, 10:13 AM
Google Chrome still blocks it.

Apple does not.

Rule3
September 1, 2013, 03:02 PM
Google/FF still posts the warning???

YZ
September 1, 2013, 03:33 PM
Only Google. Bing and Yahoo, no tag. They likely have different screening policies, or Google may be lagging. It goes back 90 days.

Hondo 60
September 1, 2013, 05:27 PM
I have 3 browsers Firefox, Google chrome & Internet Explorer.
All 3 report the same thing.


Warning - visiting this web site may harm your computer!
Suggestions:

Return to the previous page and pick another result.
Try another search to find what you're looking for.

Or you can continue to http://stevespages.com/page8a.htm at your own risk. For detailed information about the problems we found, visit Google's Safe Browsing diagnostic page for this site.

For more information about how to protect yourself from harmful software online, you can visit StopBadware.org.

If you are the owner of this web site, you can request a review of your site using Google's Webmaster Tools. More information about the review process is available in Google's Webmaster Help Center.
Advisory provided by Google

YZ
September 1, 2013, 05:31 PM
It ain't the browser bud it's the Search Engine

Match10
September 2, 2013, 10:57 PM
The browsers will continue to report the page until the site owner goes through a bunch of stuff to get it off the blacklists. Been there, done that.

nix4me
September 2, 2013, 11:15 PM
Yes, he needs to remove himself from the RBLs.

ArchAngelCD
September 3, 2013, 06:44 AM
Bing is also reporting a problem:
Careful!
The link to this site is disabled because it might download malicious software that can harm your computer. Learn More
We suggest you choose another result, but if you want to risk it, visit the website.
My Anti-Virus software did a hard lock-up when I tried to view Steve's site. It completely blocked the site and would not let me connect. (which is a very good thing!) I'm using Avast.

splattergun
September 3, 2013, 08:53 PM
My security software let me onto the site, but it blocked a web attack attempt.

243winxb
September 6, 2013, 10:43 AM
Your may want to run "rootkit remover" for hidden malware. http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/how-to-use-rootkitremover.aspx This didnt find any on my computer, as the anti-virus program already removed or quarantine 5 items. Other tools- http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/free-tools/index.aspx

Otis2
September 12, 2013, 09:17 AM
Your may want to run "rootkit remover" for hidden malware. http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/f...itremover.aspx This didnt find any on my computer, as the anti-virus program already removed or quarantine 5 items. Other tools- http://www.mcafee.com/us/downloads/f...ols/index.aspx
You have more faith in malicious software removal tools than I! If something malicious is installed on your computer, the only safe and effective way to remove it is to format the hard drive and start over. Any thing less is an exercise in self deception.

Rule3
September 26, 2013, 03:37 PM
Has anyone used this site recently? It still shows there are evil things attached to it.

I would like to download a manual but am still ascared.:(

NCsmitty
October 1, 2013, 11:07 PM
I went on the site tonight and the warning is not there now. I downloaded some stuff and ran my AVG to check it, and it found nothing.

Rule3
October 2, 2013, 01:03 AM
Thanks, Google still states it may harm your computer??

Anyone have his e mail address??

mstreddy
October 2, 2013, 01:10 AM
steve-at-stevespages.com

fguffey
October 2, 2013, 02:39 PM
I have been reading this caution about Steve and the warnings on other forums, at the same time I have been using Steve’s pages. On occasions I use Internet Options to clean a computer, every time I clean the computer I get a WARNING! when using Steve’s pages. Then my computer says ‘WARNING! then it says dealt with/taken care of. If I do not clean the computer the warning does not appear again, and that is what happens when cookies are used.

I can train a computer to run, I can not train someone to use one. I have friends that get AMBUSHED/HIJACKED, it always starts with clicking on and approving changes without knowing the author/publisher. When the computer is ambushed by approval the problem does not show up as a virus. My advise when asked “are your sure you want to allow ‘blank’ to make changes to your computer?” the answer should always be “NO!”

I sent information to Windows/Microsoft, they responded with “We have seen that before”. It was a program that presented itself as a virus but was in fact a program the owner of the computer downloaded thinking ‘it was free’, they downloaded the program for free, they (the publisher/author) wanted money to remove the program.

F. Guffey

horseman1
October 29, 2013, 11:32 AM
Just a note to let you know that I did not receive any errors/warnings going to Steve's pages today. However, I did not go to all the pages, just a few as a test. It appears he is off list now. Let us know if you find differently.

Rule3
October 29, 2013, 11:38 AM
I just did a Google search and the warning on the page links is now gone.

There is hope:)

Potatohead
October 29, 2013, 07:37 PM
The page works fine for me. But our computer has probably been infected so many times that it has a high tolerance by now!

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