A kind reader has just let me know that when he visited Kitchen Retro recently there was some malware on one of the widgets. I am trying to fix this as quickly as I can and I really hope that no one else has has this problem. I am taking some of the widgets off the blog and am going to try to clean things up and find out what’s going on. My apologies to anyone who has had to deal with this and I’ll keep you as updated as possible…
UPDATE: I have just taken Statcounter off my sites, because I just ran a virus check on my computer and boy, was there a lot of malware coming from Statcounter – which I only just put on my sites a couple of weeks ago. Never again! Am going to keep checking but – fingers crossed – this may well have been the problem.
I’ve also cleaned my own computer of some malware stuff and put various ad and flash block add-ons onto Firefox. I will do more of this as I go, but am cleaned up as far as I can go, for now.
I am also thinking that maybe the malware came via an Entrecard blog. That is totally possible, as many people have had this problem in the past. Therefore, I will be limiting my EC drops in future (there’s a time element there, too, as you EC people know!) – I realize that this won’t necessarily solve the problem but should make things safer all around. I was returning everyone’s drops (as much as I could) but in the light of this issue that is not a good idea. If anyone on EC has advice on dealing with malware I’d be grateful to hear it. Am going to continue to monitor things and if you do have a problem please let me know (and apologies, as I’ve said, in advance).
ANOTHER UPDATE: I’ve put the Ad Block, Flash Block and No Script add-ons on and also something Firefox has called Web of Trust (WOT). Been on a bunch of news sites and blogs, everything checked out with the little WOT icon. BUT when I went to Entrecard it was yellow and rated it “Unsatisfactory”!! So I got off of there. I would like to e mail them but do not want to get back on the site. Just want to let people know – I mean, I never heard of WOT before today but it did not like the EC dashboard at all. Anyone have any experience with this?