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being blocked because bleepingcomputer might trick me into installing malware?


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#1 JDG123

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 04:44 PM

Im sure this is already covered somewhere but I cannot find it on the forum so I thought I would post the question...Sorry if this is an annoyingly old issue.

 

I was clicking on a link in the bleepingomputer forums for farbar and the download page was blocked by a red screen stating "The site ahead contains harmful programs"...it said that bleepingcomputer.com might attempt to trick me into installing malware/hijackers. There was a link for more details, and a link to notify Google and a link to a privacy policy. 

 

Of course, I didnt click the links in the page, but the link that got me to the page was from within the forums here, and the address where this was posted is: 

 

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/farbar-service-scanner/dl/62/

 

 

I dont believe this machine to be infected in any way and was only following some rabbit trails here while reading about windows 10's new update philosophy. 

 

Any ideas on the red screen???

 

 



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Posted 27 July 2015 - 08:09 PM

Hi JDG123 :)

Google Chrome is showing that page because the download on that page is detected by multiple Antivirus as being malicious. However, these are false positives and they Antivirus companies should remove it from their database soon. MiniToolBox is currently having the same issue. For now, we just need to wait until FSS gets removed from the Antivirus databases. For a more detailled explanation, see the one below by quietman.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/272337/false-positives-in-antivirus-programs/page-6#entry3772686

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 08:13 PM

Most of the well known specialized tools we use against malware are written by experts/Security Colleagues at various security forums like Bleeping Computer, TechSupport, GeeksToGo, SypwareInfo and other similar sites so they can be trusted...this includes any program hosted by BC for download. Unfortunately, many of these tools (or their embedded files) are repeatedly falsely detected by various anti-virus programs from time to time. This sometimes results in an inaccurate site rating/warning of potentially dangerous software when that is not the case.

Rest assured our Security Colleagues are trustworthy and all the programs hosted for downloading here at BleepingComputer are malware-free and perfectly safe to use.
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Posted 27 July 2015 - 08:37 PM

For what it's worth, I sent Farbar Service Scanner to several vendors detecting it as malware to get it resolved.

Funny how Google says that BC host 2 viruses and 3 exploits.

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 08:46 PM

They don't list the pages, so I don't know where they detect exploits :P

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 08:50 PM

Could be malvertising... registered members don't see ads, so it goes unseen. But then it would be helpful if someone contacts Google and asks where they got their information from.

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 08:52 PM

If it's from ads to be honest, BleepingComputer have no control on that. I think BC is using Google Adsense, so these ads are selected by Google, not BC. Quite ironic, tagging a website as dangerous with exploits, because it have ads from yourself that are malicious :P

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 10:28 PM

I was not signed in while I was reading through various posts here. The link is from within bc.com but was being blocked on chrome.

I generally don't have anything intelligent enough to add to the forum to merit signing in and posting, and I've been able to clear most of my relatives of messes up myself with what I learned from here so haven't needed to cry baby in a while either it seems!

Hope this red screen isn't causing too many people to lose out on the wealth of knowledge and utilities hosted here. If I recall correctly it was a microsoft forum that referred me here in the first place.

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 05:13 AM

Sponsored advertisements are shown on the Bleeping Computer web site if you are not logged on with your forum account as a registered member. These are Google AdSense Ads which is allowed in order to defray the cost (pay the bills) of maintaining the board. Although the site owner permits ads, we have no control over them and BC does not recommend or endorse any of the advertisements. If you are logged in with your member account, you should not see any advertisements or download links for them....that's one reason we encourage our members to always sign in first.
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Posted 28 July 2015 - 05:17 AM

Hope this red screen isn't causing too many people to lose out on the wealth of knowledge and utilities hosted here. If I recall correctly it was a microsoft forum that referred me here in the first place.


This red screen should be fixed soon :) Also, when you check the details of it, it tells you that in the last 90 days, BleepingComputer wasn't used to distribute malware and/or exploits, so the fact that Google "blocks" it now is just one big false positive.

On a side note, we are at 5 viruses and 2 exploits now according to Google. So 3 more downloads were probably flagged as malicious. I expect this to happen more often now with their new policies to fight against malicious downloads. I hope BleepingComputer can somehow get whitelisted.

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 05:23 AM

Many site rating vendors (i.e. McAfee SiteAdvisor, WOT, Google's Safe Browsing, avast! WebRep) use a system of volunteer testers that continually patrol the Internet to browse sites, download files, and submit information. All the results are documented and supplemented with feedback from users, Web site owners, and analysis from their own employees. The advising site vendor then summarizes the results. While these tools are useful, they are not foolproof and sometimes may provide misleading ratings. Just because you visit a risky site does not automatically mean the site is bad or that your system has been infected by going there. Thus, the use of such rating sites does not always guarantee an accurate rating of the results they provide. I do not put much trust in any of these site rating vendors. They are not foolproof, sometimes provide misleading ratings and can provide a false sense of security to those who rely on them. Even Bleeping Computer has been incorrectly rated before....see this discussion topic.
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