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And so everyone condemns someone for offering a solution. Sometimes sacrifices must be made, even if it means taking down the site temporarily. Can you people just put aside your petty differences and talk things out while you try and figure out how to solve this problem? Even if it's bad advice, ignore it in that case and continue focusing on the problem. Stop fighting.
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Here's the catch: We've received a couple of reports of a potential virus in one of our ads. We don't know for sure if it's one of our ads. We don't know for sure if the issue is in fact a virus or just a cookie that's freaking out a virus scanner. And for the time being, we don't think we're exposing anyone to significant risk by leaving the site up. As we said, you can take a number of precautions against viruses generally (use antivirus software) and a potential threat in this situation (log into Bulbapedia.)
As a practical matter, we can't and won't take down the site every time someone says they have a virus and it might be from Bulbapedia. Look at the way this thread started--someone had a cache issue that wasn't a virus at all. It'd be irresponsible of us to shut down the site at every virus report--nevermind the fact that such a policy would, I'm sure, have Joe posting over here much more often.
As Archaic mentioned, we are aggressively looking into the report and will take appropriate action if we determine such action is necessary. We will keep everyone updated as the situation progresses.
the simple solution is to use firefox and avast along with a good firewall avg is just pure crap and avira has failed to protect attacks from some things while avast will atch any viruses in ads and automatically block them
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well, the simple solution would be to sign in.
All I'm saying that it's irresponsible to ignore numerous reports of there being viruses and just have someone "look into it". I know what that means. When others tell me that, they typically never get back to me. Quite often, they just say it to get rid of you
This thread has turned into the classic "Joe posted. Lets twist his words and make him look like a twat" thread which used to be posted here. I thought you guys had matured. Guess I was wrong.
Originally Posted by ADMINISTRATOR EDIT
This ad-virus? Wait, why am I not getting this despite I'm logged out? Does it appear in specific pages? Was the ad kicked away or something? Or does the ad only appear to certain people based on country?
(Sorry if I'm not supposed to post this.)
This is not a place to fight over whose site is faster, better, harder, or stronger. If you really want to do that, go hire a billboard or something.
We don't know which ad it is, or even that it is an ad. We are just assuming it is one because that it the most likely possibility.
If someone doesn't want to sign up, they could always get Adblock Plus for Firefox. I never log out anyway, so for those who have signed up, make sure you stay logged in forever. Always have your anti-virus up to date. Malwarebytes is a godsend to have.
If you don't mind me putting in two things
1. While not being on anyone's side in the Joe/Serebii VS Liam/Archiac, I think it is a bit unfair to bully Joe just because he's making a few suggestions, however I think he should butt out a bit.
2. (About the Topic) I have a suggestion. Switch Ad Servers until the problem is solved, then switch back, or perhaps move servers to a different region or have a different host server. Or, if worst comes to worst, use Webstarts :(
Also keep your Adobe Acrobat and Flash always up to date. Better yet, uninstall the Acrobat and get an alternative, that's how most viruses hit these days.
Vundo's malware. Install CCleaner and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on your computers and run them once every few days until the issue is resolved. Don't anyone jump to such drastic measures as not going on Bulbagarden. :P
EDIT: I've been fishing around tech support forums) and in threads where people have posted the entirety of their malware scan results, an ads.bulbagarden cookie has popped up once or twice; not that it's conclusive proof that there's a problem with Bulbagarden's ads. Just poking around and hoping to help in any manner I can.
EDIT 2: Stop knocking your e-penis about up there. No need to fight publicly, doesn't give the best impression to bmgf or serebii members of our beloved staff. Quit trolling each other and focus on the issue at hand. :P
Last edited by Frenzy Plant; 9th December 2010 at 02:14 PM.
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