KNOWN AVG ISSUE: False positive OpenSSL warning

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  1. Millionaire Tips profile image92
    Millionaire Tipsposted 4 years ago

    On every page that I go to on HubPages, I am getting a banner notice from my anti-virus software. It says:
    "This site might be vulnerable. Sharing personal information on this site is not advised. Learn more."

    The learn more takes me to this link, … ulnerable/
    which discusses a new threat called CCS Injection.

    I am still using the site, but it does make me nervous.  Is it possible for you to fix whatever is causing this warning?


    1. Matthew Meyer profile image74
      Matthew Meyerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      The message is related to OpenSSL.
      Perhaps you recall the Heartbleed news a while back.

      It appears they may be doing a very basic check and then reporting a false positive.

      While HubPages does use OpenSSL, we did not (and do not) use the specific versions that are vulnerable.

      Here is a more detailed response to a false a previous false positive related to OpenSSL.

      This, again, appears to be a false positive, so you can disregard it.

      Unfortunately, we have no ability to change how AVG reports this information.

  2. jimmythejock profile image87
    jimmythejockposted 4 years ago

    Double-click the AVG icon on the desktop.

    Click the option labeled "Components" on the menu bar. Next click the "LinkScanner" option on the drop-down menu.

    Uncheck the boxes next to "Enable AVG Active Surf-Shield" and "Enable AVG Active Search-Shield".

    Click the button labeled "Save Changes" to disable the AVG pop-up blocker.

    1. Millionaire Tips profile image92
      Millionaire Tipsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for that Jimmy.  That procedure would stop AVG from giving me warnings, but that wouldn't keep the site from being unsafe.

  3. Dolores Monet profile image97
    Dolores Monetposted 4 years ago

    And if people outside HP see this warning, they will not read, but move on to other sites.

  4. relache profile image85
    relacheposted 4 years ago

    Anti-virus software has been warning people about the site for a few years now, and as our web traffic has been slowly growing again over the last year, it's clear people are not moving on.

  5. Jayne Lancer profile image95
    Jayne Lancerposted 4 years ago

    Did I read somewhere that these warnings occur because Analytics is allowed on HubPages?

    @Relache: I just wonder if our traffic might grow a little faster if it weren't for the warnings.

    1. Matthew Meyer profile image74
      Matthew Meyerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      The warning is not related to Analytics.
      Please see the link above for more information.

      1. Jayne Lancer profile image95
        Jayne Lancerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, I saw your post.

        I saw the mention of Analytics on a similar thread about Avast.

  6. brakel2 profile image79
    brakel2posted 4 years ago

    McAfee used to give me warnings all the time. I got rid of that. I used to worry about it. No sense worrying. It is what it is


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