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AVG False warning on HubPages?: Update AVG Free 2014 & Windows

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    Prosperity66posted 3 years ago

    Hi there smile

    When I log into HubPages, there is an on going message from AVG that reads:

    "This site might be vulnerable. Sharing personal information on this site is not advised. Learn more"

    I've checked online and other forums also talk about that, though in Zazzle forums, HubPages name is automatically replaced with "software virus alert".

    Does this have an impact on how search engines see the site as a whole? Do you have plans for checking into this problem?

    Thanks for answering.

    Cheers,
    Dom.
    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/9210416_f248.jpg

    1. Matthew Meyer profile image74
      Matthew Meyerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I just signed up for an account with AVG and reported the incorrect classification.
      Can you let me know the following details so I can see if they can remove the incorrect notification?

      What specific AVG product you are using?
      Their site has a list of the products here.
      http://www.avg.com/us-en/homepage

      What version of the AVG software?
      Operating system used
      Web browser and version used

      Then check for an upgrade for the AVG software you are using.

      Please also include a screen shot of the exact message.

      This sticky thread explains how to find these details.
      http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/99079

      1. Millionaire Tips profile image95
        Millionaire Tipsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Matt,
        I still have this issue as well. It happens every time I view any page from HubPages.   I commented on their blog, but I never heard from them.

        I am using AVG 2014 Free Edition - the most updated version
        Using Firefox - also the most updated version
        Windows 8


        http://s2.hubimg.com/u/9216081_f248.jpg

        1. Matthew Meyer profile image74
          Matthew Meyerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks. I will do some further testing and hopefully I can get AVG to remove this false message.

          1. Millionaire Tips profile image95
            Millionaire Tipsposted 3 years agoin reply to this

            Thanks Matthew!  I just went to the homepage using Internet Explorer 10, and got the same error message.

        2. Matthew Meyer profile image74
          Matthew Meyerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          I just tested using Windows 8.1 and Firefox 31.0 with AVG Free Edition 2014 and I did not see a warning message of any kind. Please see my comments here.
          http://hubpages.com/forum/post/2628099

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        Prosperity66posted 3 years agoin reply to this

        AVG free edition - latest updated a few weeks ago.
        Windows 7
        Firefox - latest version.

        I must say that HubPages is NOT the only site for which I get the warning!

        The warning pic is already embedded on my previous post.

        1. Matthew Meyer profile image74
          Matthew Meyerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks. I will post any updates on this thread.

        2. Matthew Meyer profile image74
          Matthew Meyerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          I tested the main site and the exact URLs given as examples in Windows 7 with AVG 2014 Free Edition installed and Firefox 31.0
          http://s2.hubimg.com/u/9221571_f1024.jpg
          I did not see the warning message.
          Perhaps there is an update for the version if AVG you are using.
          Do you know the specific version?

          You may want to uninstall it, reboot, and then download and install the latest version of AVG Free Edition 2014.

          I'm going to test in Windows 8 as well, but I think I'll probably find the same thing there.
          UPDATE: Could not reproduce warning in Windows 8.

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            Prosperity66posted 3 years agoin reply to this

            Will try with uninstall... but later. As long as AVG confirms there's nothing wrong with most of these sites, it's fine for me. I was more worried about how search engines would see that message - if it was noticeable for them - than for me since I've never had any kind of problem with my HP account ever.

            Right now computer manipulations are a big no-no, with the transfer from Squidoo, the deleted lenses to relocate and the Halloween season on, I have no time for tech stuff unless my computer's at risk wink

            But thanks for the help, it's reassuring to see that help is soooooooooooo efficient on here, once again.

    2. LindaSmith1 profile image60
      LindaSmith1posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      I am consistently getting one of those messages repeatedly from AVG, especially when in hub pages.

    3. Matthew Meyer profile image74
      Matthew Meyerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Here is AVG's own site that shows Hubpages.com is safe.
      http://www.avgthreatlabs.com/website-sa … pages.com/

      I'm going to see if I can get this addressed, but the best advice would be to remove AVG and use another option for your malware and antivirus needs.

      If you are using Windows, then Microsoft Security Essentials is a great option and it is free.
      It is what I use on all my Windows 7 and 8 machines.
      http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/wind … s-download

      NOTE: Make sure you have only 1 antivirus program installed and uninstall and reboot before installing any new antivirus program.

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        Prosperity66posted 3 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for checking that out but I'd rather stay with AVG. I've used it for years and never been disappointed. Will just try to turn this warning off.

        ETA: succeeded in turning that warning off at least for now wink

        1. lobobrandon profile image92
          lobobrandonposted 3 years agoin reply to this

          Hey Prosperity, I'm not sure if it's a dumb question, but what do you mean by ETA? Estimated time to arrival is the only one I could think off and I'm sure that's not what you meant big_smile

          Btw did you manage to turn off the warning or are you saying the warning is gone for now (on its own which means it's probably fixed?). I don't use AVG so can't test it out for myself.

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            Prosperity66posted 3 years agoin reply to this

            LoboBrandon, ETA means "edited to add"...

            Er managed to turn it off for now since I didn't restart the computer to check as to whether it's long term effective or not. Nor did I cleaned up cookies today - will do before heading to bed in more or less 3 hours from now. Actually I deactivated the Web Shield... It's more irritating than anything and I have a good trojan checker that was given to me by my son who's a bit more tech smart than me wink

            1. lobobrandon profile image92
              lobobrandonposted 3 years agoin reply to this

              Hehehe I'd never guess that. Never seen it used here before. I just say, EDIT: "text"

              I'll probably use it now it's so much cooler lol. Hope Matthew manages to fix this issue.

  2. GypsyOwl profile image79
    GypsyOwlposted 3 years ago

    Hello Prosperity66,
    A related discussion in the forum has the answer to this question.

    Matthew Meyer
    7 days ago in reply to this
    "This is a false positive related to Heartbleed, an issue that never affected HubPages.
    The AVG warning is in error." then he referred to this forum discussion.
    http://hubpages.com/forum/post/2612470

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      Prosperity66posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      OK Thank you Gypsyowl. I searched for a previous thread before posting but didn't find any.
      If admin wants to delete this thread...

      1. GypsyOwl profile image79
        GypsyOwlposted 3 years agoin reply to this

        You are welcome. I did a google search and it sent me right back to hub forum discussions. ;-)

  3. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 3 years ago

    I don't use AVG anymore.  But, I have learned some of these messages could really be malware, trojan horses, even another company that is doing something that makes you think message is really from AVG when it isn't and they are trying to sell you something or get your information.

  4. George Nazareno profile image61
    George Nazarenoposted 3 years ago

    Pretty sure it's a virus infection issue.

  5. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 3 years ago

    Not AVG, I got rid of it.  I am getting them from AVAST.

    1. Matthew Meyer profile image74
      Matthew Meyerposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Try an upgrade and if that doesn't fix it, please provide the details listed in the forum thread above.
      http://hubpages.com/forum/post/2627189

  6. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 3 years ago

    My warning from Avast has been driving me nuts.  I was also having and issue with open site, go to my account, and another tab opens. When I went to go back to main page, another tab for same site opens.

    I finally cleaned everything out, cache rebooted but this did now solve anything.

    I have malawarebytes installed again, problem continues with the message from Avast.

    I purchased Trojan killer, cleaned out some things, but same message over and over.

    FINALLY, I clicked on my Microsoft updates and let it run to get new updates.  I haven't done this for about a year.

    Since doing the updates, I have not gotten any of the warning message from Avast.

  7. The Examiner-1 profile image74
    The Examiner-1posted 3 years ago

    I am using Avast! and it has only reported viruses and malwares.

    1. LindaSmith1 profile image60
      LindaSmith1posted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Examiner:  I was getting a malware/adware alert over and over and over again from AVAST until I did the Microsoft Updates.  Now it has stopped.

 
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