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Why Do Multiple Search Engines Flag HubPages as an Unsafe Site?

  1. Kylyssa profile image94
    Kylyssaposted 11 days ago

    Note the red circle in front of my hub in the Google search results below:


    Avira Safe Search in Mozilla produces this:


    Bing does exactly what Chrome does, as you can see below. Note that the PetHelpful hub is not flagged.


  2. Will Apse profile image90
    Will Apseposted 11 days ago

    It is a false flag from Avira. Probably HP had a malicious ad at some time and Avira has never got over it.

    1. Kylyssa profile image94
      Kylyssaposted 11 days ago in reply to this

      Thank you. I'm working on a different computer today so it was a bit of a shock.

  3. Glenn Stok profile image96
    Glenn Stokposted 11 days ago

    Google and Bing do not show those indicators. It's done by some add-on you have that may be taking data from places like Avira (as Will pointed out). Maybe your Chrome installation had add-ons included that are giving you those false flags.

    1. Kylyssa profile image94
      Kylyssaposted 11 days ago in reply to this

      Thank you. Hopefully no one else uses Avira.

  4. theraggededge profile image95
    theraggededgeposted 11 days ago

    I get no such warning either. You might be able to whitelist it in your anti-virus application, and then clear your browser cache.

    1. Kylyssa profile image94
      Kylyssaposted 11 days ago in reply to this

      Thank you. It's not my computer, so I won't be changing any settings, but I'll point out that their virus protection isn't accurate.

      1. jonnycomelately profile image86
        jonnycomelatelyposted 10 days ago in reply to this

        This is interesting reading and the sort of feed back I feel is very good within HubPages.  It's communicating for the benefit of all.

        Thank you.

  5. Kylyssa profile image94
    Kylyssaposted 10 days ago

    My main concern is that HubPages has to be added as an exception. If the Avira algorithm "sees" HubPages as a source of Malware, won't it hurt traffic?

    I didn't choose, buy, or install the software; it was just what was on my friend's computer.

  6. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image92
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 10 days ago

    Avira is a good product. I think this issue is why I uninstalled it though. If I remember correctly I messaged them about it to tell them why I was going to go with something else. I guess the 'good news' is more and more people are browsing with smart phones.