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MyAnimeList.net Unsafe?
Posted 12/19/13 , edited 12/20/13
As of 12/19/13 @ 11:15 CST I tried going to www.myanimelist.net and I got a warning from Norton stating that this web site was now listed as malicious.

Is anyone else having trouble with this site such as security issues or have had their computers infected or damaged while using myanimlist.net? This is really unfortunate because I use MAL a lot and I'm sure a lot of other people do as well.

Does anyone know if MAL is doing anything to fix its security issues?

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Threat Report

small-warning Drive-By Downloads Threats found: 3
Here is a complete list: (for more information about a specific threat, click on the Threat Name below)

Threat Name: Web Attack: Malicious Javascript Heap Spray Generic
Location: http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=704551&redirect=1

Threat Name: Web Attack: Malicious Javascript Heap Spray Generic
Location: http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=702507&show=20

Threat Name: Direct link to Web Attack: Malicious Javascript Heap Spray Generic
Location: http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=70455
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Posted 12/19/13
It's working fine for me. I usually get messages like that when my computer gets a virus.
If you've had expericnces with viruses, you know what I'm talking about. How the virus is disguised as an antivirus

Although, if you yourself downloaded/purchased Norton, then I don't have an answer
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Posted 12/19/13
Oh God Norton.. ugh, I had nothing but trouble with that software.

I can access the site fine, no warnings.
Posted 12/19/13
I would imagine a new update for Norton has caused that site to trigger a false positive. Assuming of course that your computer is free of viruses.
Posted 12/19/13 , edited 12/19/13

MatthewLDay wrote:

It's working fine for me. I usually get messages like that when my computer gets a virus.
If you've had expericnces with viruses, you know what I'm talking about. How the virus is disguised as an antivirus

Although, if you yourself downloaded/purchased Norton, then I don't have an answer


I did have a virus on my old laptop. Got the blue screen of death, it was all over...

The warning is indeed from my Norton security software. My current computer is fine and free of viruses, guess norton just doesn't like MAL
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Posted 12/19/13 , edited 12/19/13
It could also be one of the many video advertisements that they now have on that page. The advertisement itself may be triggering the warning.
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Posted 12/19/13
Well you could always try for a second opinion. A lot of anti-virus programs are available that can install to and run directly from a pendrive and I would recommend you use a different company than what's installed on your computer. This should help clear up if its your computer that's already been infected. After all no anti-virus software is perfect and all can be beat. Sometimes it can simply be a new virus before the software was updated to block the attack, or it was designed to exploit the program you use.

Then there is the common factor of false positives, things that get flagged as dangerous even though they are harmless. Avoiding this is more common sense and knowing what your downloading and from where plus sticking to sites you trust. That said any site can be hacked or infected if people put the time and effort in to it, so asking around if your unsure like now is never a bad idea.

One option is MAL was flagged because of all those annoying ads the site is now plagued with, and some of ads were considered a risk factor and so blocked.

In my case, I tend to browse with "ad block" and "flash block", and sometimes even "no script" depending on the site. This helps me control what loads up, and even for CR means when "flash block" is on I can reload an episode just for the comments without having to worry about the video playing.

More extreme options.

*Get a Mac, avoid pretty much all viruses(still some can do you harm), or at least they won't harm you, though you may infect others(Windows users)
*Use linux, pretty much the same thing as getting a Mac without the huge costs. Though some what limited for everyday users, experts can pretty much get more out it than you can Windows or Mac.
*Run software to create a virtual environment, you may need a pretty decent system for this. Basically creates a virtual space in which you carry on as normal, but should the worse happen, once you close the program that's it, problem solved. Everything happened in the virtual space, and doesn't carry over to your system.
*Some paid Anti-Virus programs offer similar things, like Avast if you get Internet Security option. Then do everything worry free in the virtual protected space that the Anti-Virus made for you.
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Posted 12/19/13
AdBlock is amazing
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Posted 12/19/13

TheRealEscargotpudding wrote:

AdBlock is amazing

This. Also Avast! + Malware bytes combo ftw.

I remember avast once giving false warnings when opening Myanimelist, but that was only because some ad there matched something they had added to the dangerous list there at Avast. It went on for couple days and stopped.

No problem, you're good to go. Just don't click those ads.
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Posted 12/19/13 , edited 12/19/13
I saw this too last night since I have a Norton web filter attached to my Belkin router.

So yeah, if you choose to disable Norton to be able to visit that site, I would definitely make sure to use either Firefox or Chrome with Adblock Plus and/or Noscript extensions added. It's an issue with some bad ads infecting people via javascript so that's the best way to avoid this type of issue.

I haven't encountered a drive by download in ages on a popular site, I don't know what the hell they were thinking with whatever ads they put up there. I usually think that Norton is too heavy handed in blocking legitimate websites for no reason, but if they're worried about unsafe ads, I'd just assume that they do indeed block it.

I had gotten my World of Warcraft account hacked in 2010 due to this sort of thing. Since then I've been the most anal person ever with what scripts I allow to run
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Posted 12/19/13 , edited 12/19/13
It's not Myanimelist, it's you. I see these time to time, and tried to find a solution the other day to no avail. It's not a huge threat though, it seems to be purely adware. You should clean your registry, do a deep scan for malware and another for spyware, and uninstall any sketchy programs. I recommend getting Rkill, Malwarebytes & SuperAntiSpyware, and running them, in that order. But, i wouldn't worry about it too much. Also, don't use norton.

Oh, and yeah. Adblock+ might help.
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Posted 12/19/13
Nope, I access it fine everyday without any problems. Used to have that problem when I had Norton for many sites though, pissed me off continuously.
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Posted 12/19/13
If you're going to pay for a anti-virus subscription I recommend Webroot SecureAnywhere. I never have problems with it, scans extremely fast and uses so few resources you don't even notice its running.
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Posted 12/19/13
It happened to me some days ago. But now it works just fine.
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Posted 12/19/13
my Norton has no problem with the site.
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