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bblackmoor

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Hi, there. I am new to this site. I had a 260z years ago, and I am shopping around for another Z as we speak. Aside from ClassicZCars, I am also perusing a couple of other Z related sites, one of which is HybridZ.

I have only been perusing Z related sites for a couple of days. Yesterday, suddenly, the HybridZ site was blocked by Avast! as being infected. I followed up with AVG, which also said the site was infected. Thinking this is something the admin of HybridZ would want to know, I posted a message in the site support forum, like so:

Avast! shows this site as infected, and will not load it unless I deactivate my virus protection. AVG shows it to be infected with 'Invisible IFrame Injection'.

Hybridz.org | Safety: Surf With Caution. | AVG Threat Labs

A few minutes ago, I went to check HybridZ to see if the problem had been addressed, only to discover that my login had been banned and that the forum post reporting the problem had been deleted -- and the site is still infected.

I don't want to read too much into that. Perhaps it was just a misunderstanding. But at the least, the site is infected, and I thought I should warn people about that.

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I don't want to read too much into that. Perhaps it was just a misunderstanding. But at the least, the site is infected, and I thought I should warn people about that.

Another possibility is that the site is in fact NOT infected - and the security software is giving out false Positives. I've seen that happen a lot with different "security" software programs as well as SPAM filters.

I will say that if I were the Site Admin - for any site - I would have appreciated knowing of any possbile issue related to people getting to the site.

FWIW,

Carl B.

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I don't think shooting the messenger is fair game, or particularly smart.

If others get the same warning from AVAST!, a well respected piece of Antivirus software, the moderators of that site would do well to look into the problem rather than

simply kicking a new member off.

Even if it's a "false positive" the moderators of that site would do well to find out WHY their site is triggering AVAST. IMHO.

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In the interest of full disclosure, I *did* have every intention of buying a 240z (I have been looking for a local one for a couple of weeks), but after reading up on the restoration process here and elsewhere, I've decided it would be a mountain of work, and honestly, I just don't have the time for that kind of project. So you probably won't be seeing me around here anymore. But my virus report was legitimate (although it may well be a false positive), and my intentions were honorable.

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In the interest of full disclosure, I *did* have every intention of buying a 240z (I have been looking for a local one for a couple of weeks), but after reading up on the restoration process here and elsewhere, I've decided it would be a mountain of work, and honestly, I just don't have the time for that kind of project. So you probably won't be seeing me around here anymore.

Bye!

Dennis

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We checked, no virus. False warning from Avast which sometimes occurs for a few users after a board software update. The OP's post about the virus warning on Hybridz had a link to a site in Russia that was flagged by the anti-spam software and also manually by a couple other users. That's why he was banned.

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It's me who made a post about it. Very annoying and it still does it!

What I've got is a message from my browser telling me server has closed the connection.

Edited by Lazeum
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We checked, no virus. False warning from Avast which sometimes occurs for a few users after a board software update. The OP's post about the virus warning on Hybridz had a link to a site in Russia that was flagged by the anti-spam software and also manually by a couple other users. That's why he was banned.

Oh, for pete's sake. I was trying to report a virus warning, and in the process wound up pasting a link not to AVG, but to some other site masquerading as AVG. ...sigh...

Please accept my apologies.

Edited by bblackmoor
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To the OP, your computer is probably infected with spyware. Go to www.trendmicro.com or Internet Security - Antivirus - Online backup - Mobile Security - Anti-Virus for Mac - Free Antivirus | F-Secure and run some of the free antivirus scans and get rid of the garbage that is on your computer. Be warned that due to the garbage on your computer interfering with everything, the free online scans may not work as the spyware may stop them. Also, if they do work, the scans will take a loooong time...like half a day or more.

Greg

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Spamming is rampant and a big issue for folks that run web sites. This site and most others run various forms of anti-spam software and ISPs do the same. Every day the software used on Hybridz blocks hundreds of spam attempts. We also have checks on user signups, an authentication process, and blocking based on known spammer IPs. Even then, we get about a dozen spammers a day who get through all of this. We try not to ban legit users but sometimes that happens. Again, we all have days jobs and try to manage the site in our spare time.

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I just checked Hybridz and don't see a problem with their server. There are a LOT of factors that could be at play here.

- An ad that appears on a banner.

- Over-paranoid antivirus software (trying to upsell you to a paid version)

- Toolbars installed on your browser.

- A virus on your computer.

- Something buried in HybridZ that only appears on certain forums.

All-in-all, I highly suggest getting rid of Avast or AVG. These programs are free, but, they are packed full of warnings and false positives to scare you into buying their paid versions. If you want a good antivirus software package, fully supported by Microsoft, please try using Microsoft Security Essentials - Microsoft Windows . I use this program on my Windows clients and have never had a problem. The last of unwanted virus warnings and hardcore up-sell tactics.

Mike

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  • 3 weeks later...

Im on Windows 8. MSE is no longer a standalone security feature, but now built into Windows Defender.

The other day I was getting basically "Enter at your own risk" actually Google itself.

You could easily get to the forum main page, but trying to branch out anywhere was a no go.

So that should make out over-paranoid anti-virus. They have no active advertisements, so that is a no go. Not toolbars, or add-ons as my add-ons don't do that.

Could be something on my PC which I highly doubt.

If it is still on and off going, there might be something deep inside the forum somewhere. Could maybe even a virus on a picture, avatar or signature that was uploaded. Who knows. But I tend to not enter when that happens.

Now if the site is completely clean, Hybridz needs to pick some beef with Google because Google is only hurting that community if they keep randomly giving a warning page to users wanting to explore that website.

It isn't doing it now, but I should have drive it in IE and FF cause I was using Chrome.

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  • 2 months later...

I've been getting the Avast warning on HybridZ as well, running Avast on my Mac. This is probably only the second or third such warning I've gotten in 6 months or so of running Avast. I don't think that post #18 is correct, i.e. that the OP's computer is infected and that's why he's getting this result; whatever is in fact going on, I don't think that's what it is.

Steve.

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