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MyAnimeList.net Unsafe?
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Posted 12/19/13
Hey there! I'm no computer tech but I have a few suggestions for you.

First off, I would recommend bookmarking this site to your toolbar: https://safeweb.norton.com/ It will tell you what sites it deems dangerous and/or suspicious and community reviews. It's free too which is nice. Also, I did a search on Safe Web on MyAnimeList.net and this is what it gave me: https://safeweb.norton.com/report/show?url=myanimelist.net. Says there are some threats but I never use that site.

Secondly, if you use Google Chrome or even Mozilla Firefox, I highly recommend Ad Blocker (free). A lot of sites make money off advertisements and it's their main source of income, yes, but many sites are vulnerable to hackers and viruses that can force ads to pop up and give you a virus with one wrong click and we don't want that. Some viruses are gateway viruses that help other nasty infections get into your computer. Hell, even a wrong e-mail can screw your PC up.

Lastly, I would download the free Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software. This virus protection has saved my PC many times and it catches things many mainstream, costly virus protection software can't catch.

And if all else fails, there are several good free tech support sites that will address your problem and have you follow a series of steps to fix whatever is wrong with you computer.

Good luck! Hope I could help.
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Posted 12/19/13
I don't know. I mainly use hummingbrid anyways.
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Posted 12/19/13
Personally I say the problem there is Norton. Never has Norton ever worked for me, in most cases it just makes problems worse.
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Posted 12/19/13

TheRealEscargotpudding wrote:

AdBlock is amazing


No it's not.

I'm not saying ad is good, but soon or later if they found out you using AdBlocker they will black you from accessing their website.
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Posted 12/19/13

Stonewolfe wrote:

Personally I say the problem there is Norton. Never has Norton ever worked for me, in most cases it just makes problems worse.


But the free services are useful If your computer comes with a 30 day Norton thing, you could uninstall it and reinstall it to get it back again or reset to your factory settings if you're that daring. I had to reset my PC to fix a problem with a corrupted mouse and my Norton came right back. May or may not work lol

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Posted 12/19/13

Thfelese wrote:


TheRealEscargotpudding wrote:

AdBlock is amazing


No it's not.

I'm not saying ad is good, but soon or later if they found out you using AdBlocker they will black you from accessing their website.


I've never heard of that or had that happen before .-.

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Norton is your biggest problem. I swear, they are the WORST pay-to-use antivirus software. Good luck removing their software, too - I had a hell of a time getting the last few partitions off of my harddrive; bugger's like a virus in itself. Blocking everything, moving everything, being generally annoying to remove...ugh.

It might be a bad ad. Your greatest friends in computing are Adblock with your own personal settings, Avast!, Bitdefender, and Malware Bytes. I avoid a lot of problems because no ads, wheee. I've got my settings so tight that I don't see any ads ever, except for when sites change their settings and I do as well. Boom.

But I'm on the site right now and nothing's up. Like everyone else said, you might want to run some scans. Maybe a boot-time scan. But definitely check into getting something else, if you don't want to deal with the craziness that is Norton.
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Posted 12/19/13

CoffeeGodEddy wrote:


Thfelese wrote:


TheRealEscargotpudding wrote:

AdBlock is amazing


No it's not.

I'm not saying ad is good, but soon or later if they found out you using AdBlocker they will black you from accessing their website.


I've never heard of that or had that happen before .-.



It happens to me last year. actually i didn't used adBlocker, but this is what happened. Last year I had very slow internet connection, so when a video ad come up when i watch YouTube video i scroll the page up and down very fast. I think that glitches the video ad or something the ad will disappear before it start playing when i do that. at that time It was worth it for me because if i late a video ad play it will take more then 3 minute to finish for a 30sec ad. Then a few month later i couldn't watch any YouTube. Every time i try it say flash player turned off, but it wasn't the true. The truth is i got blocked from watching YouTube video.
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hummingbird is better
Posted 12/19/13
OK...

The problem is not with Norton or my computer at all. The issue is with MyAnimeList.net itself and a process known as Heap Spraying that wes detected on the website itself. Heap Spraying essentially makes it easier to exploit vulnerabilities in the targets security. This was not a false positive or any other error from my security software.

It now looks like this Heap Spraying has been taken care of and my security software now says MyAnimeList.net is safe as the exploitative threat has been resolved; most likely by the web site.

The purpose of my topic was to see if anyone using the web site had run into a similar issue or have had to deal with security threats while using the site.
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Posted 12/20/13

Stonewolfe wrote:

Personally I say the problem there is Norton. Never has Norton ever worked for me, in most cases it just makes problems worse.





ohsostarryskyed wrote:

Norton is your biggest problem. I swear, they are the WORST pay-to-use antivirus software. Good luck removing their software, too - I had a hell of a time getting the last few partitions off of my harddrive; bugger's like a virus in itself. Blocking everything, moving everything, being generally annoying to remove...ugh.

It might be a bad ad. Your greatest friends in computing are Adblock with your own personal settings, Avast!, Bitdefender, and Malware Bytes. I avoid a lot of problems because no ads, wheee. I've got my settings so tight that I don't see any ads ever, except for when sites change their settings and I do as well. Boom.

But I'm on the site right now and nothing's up. Like everyone else said, you might want to run some scans. Maybe a boot-time scan. But definitely check into getting something else, if you don't want to deal with the craziness that is Norton.


I've had Norton for almost a year now and have had no problems w/ it. Norton uses a lot of resources, so if you have a low end PC, then yeah, you're going to have problems w/ it.
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Posted 12/20/13

CrimsonFinality wrote:

OK...

The problem is not with Norton or my computer at all. The issue is with MyAnimeList.net itself and a process known as Heap Spraying that wes detected on the website itself. Heap Spraying essentially makes it easier to exploit vulnerabilities in the targets security. This was not a false positive or any other error from my security software.

It now looks like this Heap Spraying has been taken care of and my security software now says MyAnimeList.net is safe as the exploitative threat has been resolved; most likely by the web site.

The purpose of my topic was to see if anyone using the web site had run into a similar issue or have had to deal with security threats while using the site.


Don't listen to the people telling you your problem is Norton. Lol.
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Posted 12/20/13 , edited 12/20/13
Sounds like it was coming off of an ad on the site. Not much to worry about, just recommend watching your browser / PC a bit more carefully for a few day for odd behavior.

That method is more of a gateway to let something/someone in by targeting vulnerable points (normally processes like svchost ... etc)

As to people say Norton is bad, i usually don't recommend it to people i do side work for because it's more of a "passive" AV then and "Active" one. But depending on your pc habits / use it can be fine.
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Posted 12/20/13
No offense... But why the **** are you using Norton, the worst security program out there? Get Avast, bullguard or eve AVG(even though that slows your pc down.. a lot..) Norton blocks everything that it thinks is a threat, which is good for a security program, but in this case Norton does that on a huge scale that doesn't help at all -.-

And after that rant, it hasn't happened for me
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Thfelese wrote:

It happens to me last year. actually i didn't used adBlocker, but this is what happened. Last year I had very slow internet connection, so when a video ad come up when i watch YouTube video i scroll the page up and down very fast. I think that glitches the video ad or something the ad will disappear before it start playing when i do that. at that time It was worth it for me because if i late a video ad play it will take more then 3 minute to finish for a 30sec ad. Then a few month later i couldn't watch any YouTube. Every time i try it say flash player turned off, but it wasn't the true. The truth is i got blocked from watching YouTube video.

Nope.

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