Got this virus alert in the Throwdown forum...

Discussion in 'Forum Related Issues' started by 5lakes, Jun 15, 2010.

  1. 5lakes

    5lakes Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I was checking out the throwdowns and wanted to check out the rules, etc., for the June throwdown (spuds). I clicked on the image that appeared to be a link to the info. Instantly, Norton pops up with:


    I clicked on the Full Report and here's the URL for it:

    Here's the URL for the page with the throwdown banner:

    The link that is the image:

    It looks to me like it's a Photobucket problem, rather than SMF. Just wanted to get other's opinions on whether it is Photobucket and if I should report it to them?
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I just got that too after clicking on the banner and that tells me that Norton thinks something is wrong on the Photobucket side of it since it didn't want me to open it.
  3. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Photobucket uses a bazillion graphics based ads.  I recall a thread here a while back where several folks got viruses and whatnot while browsing Photobucket.

    My interpretation is, yes, it is a Photobucket issue.  I have not really noticed anything out of the ordinary here since the graphics ads were turned off.  [​IMG]

    Looks like these 3rd party ad networks need to do a little more security testing on their end.

    Last edited: Jun 15, 2010
  4. 5lakes

    5lakes Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Photobucket doesn't make it easy to report something to them. However, after lots of clicking, I finally found an actual feedback form. I reported it, with the links I posted above. If I get a response, I'll share it here.
  5. 5lakes

    5lakes Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    When I checked my email this morning, Photobucket had replied asking for more information. I sent them screenshots and the text of Norton's warning identifying the server and the album/file. Norton won't let me access the actual album, so I couldn't get the source code they asked for.

    To Photobucket's credit, they seem genuinely concerned. Now, we'll see if they are as committed and hardworking as Jeff and the others here.
  6. 5lakes

    5lakes Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    "Photobucket like other content heavy sites allows 3rd party ad networks to run rich-media banners and other advertising that use flash, animation, video,  and other dynamic code.  Norton is picking up on this and warning appropriately.  You may want to try adding an exception in the Anti-virus program's configuration or settings.

    So while we're not saying to ignore these warnings...

    Thank you


    Your Photobucket Support Team"

    Well, so much for that. A threat was identified on their server, reported to them and they want me to set my anti-virus program to allow an exception to it? The threat is identified as a trojan. If it were as they say, I think I would have had some of the problems others have had here with the ads.

    Thanx again, Jeff, for taking such great care of this site. You are a man of great class.
  7. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They said the warning was appropriate and then advised you to add an exception to your security software????

    Well, I guess that will make the warnings go away. [​IMG]

    I guess they're not that concerned about their users.

    A big [​IMG] to Jeff and all involved for dealing with the issue differently here.


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