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If you like a tale with a happy ending, allow me to entertain you.
Back in 2012, I encountered a personal tragedy. A close personal friend had taken his own life, and he and I were sports fans who used to broadcast local high school sports. In the course of it, I started this site in 2006, and with his passing, I didn’t feel much like continuing.
So I left the site up, but I didn’t write anything for over a year. During that year I did no maintenance or updates on the site, and as a result, somebody in Russia exploited a security flaw that would have been stopped by regular updates. This earned the site a place on blacklists and all sorts of other warning places, and I quickly addressed it. I rebuilt the site from scratch and uploaded it, contacted Google, Norton and a bunch of other places to ask for a review, and the site was taken off all those lists.
But in the last 9 years I’d occasionally get a message saying the site still wasn’t safe. My host provider would assure me it was fine, and just about everyone I knew when I’d ask would say there was no problem.
During basketball season, however, it happened again. A few posters on Techsideline.com’s basketball board mentioned this, and I was getting tired of it. I went back to my host and we again scanned every file on the server. Everything was declared clean and safe, but I rebuilt the site again from scratch. There was no earthly way in my mind there could be an issue.
But this weekend we got huge traffic on our Virginia Tech coverage, and 3 or 4 people on Facebook noted a security warning. The host and I got into a very lively back and forth about this, where at one point I suggested just moving all my stuff to another company, and the host suggested I find out which antivirus program was doing this. I reached out to three people, and they all identified the same program: AVG, which among other things makes a free anti-virus program under the name AVAST.
I contacted them and made them aware of all this. This morning, I got this email:
Thank you for contacting AVG.
Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused. The detection by AVG was incorrect and was removed in a recent AVG update, please wait at least 24 hours.
Apparently the site has – for no good reason – been on one of their blacklists for quite some time. Which hopefully by now has been addressed.
So for all the tens of thousands of you who have started reading the site this year, I wanted to share this with you. We take security very seriously here.
So perhaps the long hunt to solve all this is over. I know I'm relieved.
After 9 years, the story has a happy ending.