Friday, May 4, 2012

I was Hacked by association!

Hey Friends!
I am not sure if any of you got a message from Google yesterday regarding my blog being blocked but if so I do apologize.  It said my blog was unsecure and possibly infected with a malware virus because I had linked to Shabby Blogs.  Here's the low down just in case you want to know.

I used them for my background and for a few quotes on my sidebar.  I googled all I could yesterday to see what was going on and how to fix it.  I found several other bloggers who had also been infected.  It appears someone must have hacked Shabby Blogs and therefore anyone using their codes was also infected.  I feel so bad for them!  I read if I got rid of everything from them I would be okay.  I did this and still had the block.  So then I read everything I could about how to get rid of the block.  I read about going to Webmaster tools, then diagnostics, then malware and checking for any virus's.  It showed my blog was clean according to that but for some reason the block was still there for me.

At this point I decided to run my own virus scan on my computer.  I have McAfee so it was time for a complete scan.  It takes several hours so you can plan on not using your computer for awhile.  It detected 2 virus's and deleted them.  They were listed as trojans, whatever that is.  After this test was completed I checked my blog again.  The block was still there!  Mercy!

I had one friend comment on my post yesterday (God Bless you Rondell!) and I emailed her to ask her if  she was seeing the block.  This morning I read her email and she had not seen a block and had even gone back to check again.  Well, this morning it, the warning block, was still there! 

Yall, I was about to give up when I decided to go back one more time through my layouts and see was there anything still on my blog from Shabby Blogs.  Low and behold there was!  Apparently, I had missed deleting a cute little quote on my sidebar that I had got from them.  It's not so cute anymore!  After deleting it and thoroughly checking out the rest of my blog I was able to view my blog without the warning.

So rest assured I do believe my blog to be secure again and you can come visit anytime.  Please excuse the funny background look but I decided to grab one from blogger for now.  I may customize things more later but am leaving it be for a bit.  I am feeling very wary about linking up to anyone now.  Mercy!


Have a beautiful day!


13 comments:

  1. I was just coming over to tell you this Mary. There was also a virus that came over from facebook on accounts, including mine. I changed all my passwords and such, deleted spam and I am OK now too.

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    1. Good greif! I am glad I didn't know about that one. Why do people have to do stuff like that? Glad you were able to resolve everything too. I know you must have really been freaking! Have a great weekend!

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  2. Glad to see this! I was going to email you right after checking blogs this morning, in fact. When I checked early this AM, it was still there. So glad you got it fixed.

    If you ever see that on my blog PLEASE let me know.

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    1. Thank you Debbie, I know you would have too! It was very annoying for sure. I will definitely let you know if I ever see anything like that on yours as well. Have a great weekend!

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  3. So very happy for you that you solved the problem, sometimes I want to take this laptop and throw it thur the window.lol It's usually not the laptop's fault but mine.:)

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    1. I know what you mean! Thanks again Rondell...very,very,very,much! You are such a sweetie! I hope you feeling fabulous today! Have a great weekend!

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  4. Didn't see yours yesterday, sorry, I was busy painting, but I did see another one today for DIY Design. This is really the pits. So glad you got yours all fixed. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Thank you Marty! Poor Pam! I hope she gets hers fixed quickly too. Sounds like you have been up to a few new changes. I can't wait to see! Have a great weekend!

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  5. I was concerned when I saw that warning! Sooooo glad things are fixed! I will go read yesterdays post now! It's kind of a scary world but at least you were able to figure it out and get your blog back working! Hugs, Linda

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    1. Thanks Linda! It is so scary isn't it? I just don't understand what someone would gain by hacking another account, Shabby blogs, in this case. I guess it's just pure evil. Thanks for your support! Have a great weekend!

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  6. Oh- Mary- I hate when this kind of things happen!!! I see that SweetTea is also infected and a couple of the other gals I visit. AWFUL...glad you got it figured out- xo Diana

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    1. Thanks so much Diana! It was not so annoying and I hope the other bloggers are able to fix theirs quickly too. It is such a shame isn't it? Urrghh! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. That is so frustrating! Why do people do that? What purpose does it serve in life? So glad that you were able to clean it up pretty easily for the most part!

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