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  • Hi folks. After much frustration, I’m posting here in search of help. A couple weeks ago, I began getting this message when visiting my site from Safari and a similar one with Firefox:

    This web site at has been reported as an attack site and has been blocked based on your security preferences.

    Attack sites try to install programs that steal private information, use your computer to attack others, or damage your system.

    Some attack sites intentionally distribute harmful software, but many are compromised without the knowledge or permission of their owners.

    It’s also red flagged in Google, which is obviously not good for traffic. After taking numerous steps, including checking with my host to see if things were secure on their side, downloading the entire site to my harddrive and running a scan, following suggestions at and manually going through the php looking for code that shouldn’t be there, I did a fresh install last night. I deleted all records and tables from the database and deleted everything from the directory containing the wordpress site. There was another directory which was running a Joomla test site, which may have also included bad code, but I deleted that entire directory too and put it on my harddrive for the time being. Now, I’ve got a fresh install, new database files, but am still getting the message.

    Does anyone know if the site could be flagged if there are files containing bad code sitting in the directory that don’t have anything to do with the wordpress site? For instance, I have a small page at that in theory could be affected by bad code somewhere (although it’s unlikely) but could that keep the root from opening correctly?

    Any other suggestions? Consequently after this debacle, I have now locked it up tighter than a drum using AskApache, but I’ve got to get the junk cleaned up before being able to use it again. Any help you guys can provide is appreciated.


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    have you looked into the flash here?
    It is the only thing on all of your links that excites my virus/firewall prog.

    Hmm, I haven’t. That’s interesting. I can easily delete it and check it out locally. Did you get the same message by any chance or do you use Firefox or Safari? Explorer hasn’t been giving me error messages. Thanks,

    I got the attack site warning everywhere I clicked but I did the “ignore warning” thing and was able to view all without virus/firewall complaining until I tried the flash file

    using FF 3.0.7

    Ok, that flash file and the whole directory for that matter is toast. I did find a couple things in that directory that looked suspicious (recent time stamps at March 7, when I haven’t touched anything in that folder in weeks). It seems like Google and Firefox and/or Safari are linked somehow so that if Google says the site is bad, the two browsers “know.” I’ve asked for a new review from Google, so hopefully that takes care of it.

    Dude, it looks like you tipped me off. Something in the lightshire directory may have been amiss, as Safari and Firefox no longer give me the warning and Google has updated my status that the website is indexed again. Kudos. Peace.

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