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July 28, 2012 8:44 PM
I haven't been able to add selected foods to my different meals all day. I select the food item and it just twirls
July 28, 2012 9:19 PM
Kapersky detected 3 viruses: Trojan, Malware and I forget the 3rd. I was alerted when I tried to enter exercise and then my computer locked up. I did a complete security check and it was able to clear all 3 viruses. But then my computer also locked up after that - I'm hoping just a coincidence.
July 28, 2012 9:24 PM
I am using IE 8 and have had that pop up twice in the past three or four days.
July 29, 2012 5:40 AM

IE9...says it all

Actually I have seen the same thing come from other popular and legitimate websites using advertisement services, and happening to many users who do not use IE9.

It's a Fake AV trojan hijack where they try to trick users into downloading their software, they load a popup with a fake advertisement that claims the user has a virus.

Clicking "Ok" on the popup leads users to download their "Anti-Virus" program. After a "scan" that finds tons of trojans, they claim if users buy their software service they'll get rid of it for you.

Yea there will be a nasty cluster of virus/trojans found, they were all the ones that got downloaded with their software, and victims won't be able to use their PCs until they pay them off (if even then).

My most recent encounter was a few months ago on a friend's PC who never uses IE, only Firefox, and their PC was toasted by the time I saw it. The Fake AV came from another very popular website's advertisement service and he was tricked into clicking "Ok" and following it. It had disabled his own active, up-to-date, legitimate Firewall/AV service (won't name names but it was one of the commercial big boys that hadn't protected itself against the tampering)

It is not MFP website, it's a slimey blackmailing hijacker slipping through under the advertisements trying to trick users into their trap, it's a rampant problem everyone needs to be aware of and not just from MFP. It's just as bad or worse for other good websites.

I have a great deal of respect for MFP jumping on this and doing what they can to maintain a free service for us while working to protect us from it.
July 29, 2012 7:24 AM
Here's is all I was able to capture because I couldn't use F12 to display the developer tools while the clickable box displayed. However, below is what displays on the screen titled "Viruses were found on your compuer!"...

Edited to add the URL the page redirects to:

Incident: Looking up calories in the food database.

var as = 100 + Math.random() - 100;
var q = as + Math.random();
var logic = Math.random() + q * 2 + as;

var asr=["Virualabamae"+"alabama were found on your computer.\n"];
asr[0]+="You need to"+" clean your "+"comp"+"uter to pre"+"vent the alab"+"amayalabamatem craalabamah.";
var losk=1;
document.title="Vir"+"u"+"ses were f"+"ound on your"+" co"+"m"+"p"+"uter!";
<body topmargin=0 leftmargin=0 bgcolor='#FFFFFF'>
<table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0" width="100%" height="99%">
<tr valign="middle" align="center">
<img id="al" src="images/alert.png" width="617" height="345" border="0" usemap="#map">
<map name="map">
<area id="ala" shape="rect" coords="3,4,5,6" onmousedown='zila1()'/>
<area id="ali" shape="rect" coords="2,3,4,5" href='download/' style='cursor:point' onmousedown='losk=0;'>
var aaz = "546";
var bla=z1[0];
bla=bla.replace(/alabama/g, 's');

function force(){
if (losk==1){
return bla;

function zila(){
var zila1 = zila;
Edited by ElleFerguson On July 29, 2012 7:26 AM
July 29, 2012 10:56 AM
Microsoft support told me to inform the website where this popped up 3 times in the past 2 days, so I was about to inform Mike, when I found out MFP is way ahead of me! I was told NEVER to click on anything except Control, Alternate and Delete, and eliminate the task in TaskMaster. A soon as one clicks anything on or near the fake alert, the trojan or virus can enter. Mine looked very official, seemed to be from Microsoft Security Essentials, but looking closely there was one word misspelled! I took no chances, but contacted the Windows Forum and did 2 complete scans of my laptop! Only one new file was found and eliminated. so it was worth it fpr peace of mind. I recall clicking an ad by mistake when postin a reply and a new window opened. frustrating the heck out of me, as I lost my post! Then, when I went to FOOD, that little warning alert popped up and looked suspicious!
Glad to see we have an alert website here!
Edited by delraybuzz On July 29, 2012 10:57 AM
July 29, 2012 2:28 PM
OK. I just got the fake virus pop-up and tried to do the F12, copy add and paste thing and it didn't work. The page went blank when I clicked F12.

But I did notice that the ads that were showing when the pop-up happend were Saveology on the top of the page and Sage ACT! which was showing on the side of the page..... Sage ACT is showing now though and I'm getting the virus alert so my bet is that it's the SaveOlogy ad.
July 29, 2012 3:19 PM
Nice that MFP staff are collecting information on user experiences. It seems like the fastest way to find the bad ads would be for the staff to browse the MFP site themselves, using a PC that has default security settings and whatever developer tools are needed.
July 31, 2012 10:25 AM
I'm still getting the same pop-up I noted this weekend. This time it showed up moving between pages of the message board.
July 31, 2012 10:46 AM

I'm still getting the same pop-up I noted this weekend. This time it showed up moving between pages of the message board.


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August 2, 2012 12:28 PM
I have been getting these pop ups on 2 different computers since I joined on the 27th. Freaking me out a bit. Not sure this is a safe website.
August 2, 2012 7:55 PM
i sure hope its fixed now. our family computer is tosted! Im almost scared to log onto my acct.
August 3, 2012 11:19 AM

In late July we began to receive reports from some users of a virus or malware alert while using Internet Explorer to browse At that time, we checked to ensure that our own servers and systems were not compromised, and we are very confident that our own website remains safe and secure.

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August 3, 2012 1:02 PM
I work in a bank and had this happen today. It wasn't a link to buy anything, it just said potential virus threat and I ran the clean up and it quarantineed 3 files. I called our IT department and they had me clear the cookies and all that too. They are running a check tonight so I hope there really isn't anything! I'll let you know if they indeed have any cause for concern.
August 5, 2012 2:47 PM
My dad was able to fix our computer(phew, what a relief) I am not sure what he did exactly put it took him a while. Since then I have had 0 problems. We had IE9 as well. But this time I switched browsers to make sure it didnt happen again, I am currently using mozilla firefox. I have noticed a great difference in speed and performance. Those of you who are still having trouble consider a different browser.
August 22, 2012 9:01 PM
"Warning: Something's Not Right Here! contains content from, a site known to distribute malware. Your computer might catch a virus if you visit this site.
Google has found that malicious software may be installed onto your computer if you proceed. If you've visited this site in the past or you trust this site, it's possible that it has just recently been compromised by a hacker. You should not proceed. Why not try again tomorrow or go somewhere else?
We have already notified that we found malware on the site. For more about the problems found on, visit the Google Safe Browsing diagnostic page.

If you understand that visiting this site may harm your computer, proceed anyway."

Every time I try to go to page I get that pop up, which is sad, because apparently I'm on the list and can't figure out why haha
August 22, 2012 9:32 PM
i got the lattedaysaints warning too, but it seems to be due to the images that are linked in the thread.
Edited by Captain_Spatchcock On August 22, 2012 9:34 PM
March 15, 2013 10:12 AM
I have had this same problem last week on MFP. Unfortunately, it took me some time before I realized that this was a fake alert and it was thru MFP that I got this. I love MFP but seem to have virus issues and also from time to time the screens freeze and I have close the browser down.
March 15, 2013 10:55 AM

I have had this same problem last week on MFP. Unfortunately, it took me some time before I realized that this was a fake alert and it was thru MFP that I got this. I love MFP but seem to have virus issues and also from time to time the screens freeze and I have close the browser down.


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