Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Webroot warns on sites no one else objects to; Norton warns on the MacBook on an Apple subsite!

Recently I have noticed that Webroot Security (Spysweeper) also places site warnings on MSN and Google search results in Firefox and IE9 (not Google Chrome).  I have also noticed that once in a while Webroot provides a yellow level warning (that the site exhibits behaviors similar to other sites known to have spyware, malware or viruses) on some sites allowed by McAfee and MyWOT. For whatever reason, Webroot seems to be stricter than some other services.  It could be related to advertising accepted on the site. 

For now, I won’t give a link to a site warned by Webroot; if a reader finds this in one of my postings, he or she can search quickly in Firefox to get the warning and decide for the self.

When in Bing, Webroot will sometimes give me two icons, a green OK one, and a yellow warning in the same, in IE (but in Mozilla I just get the warning icon).

Kaspersky does not warn on these sites.

On the Apple MacBook, Norton had no objection to these sites under Safari browser.  But Norton warns on Apple’s own “Time11” app on the Steve Jobs page.

At more than one Best Buy store, Geek Squad employees have told me that both Webroot and Kaspersky catch many more threats than McAfee and Norton. 

Site rating services could gradually become a problem for "amateur" bloggers and other webmasters, because one's site can get downgraded by linking to other sites that someone has downgraded.

Update: It's not over for today. Now, Chrome and IE are warning on some security certificates from Twitter links, even without https.  Chrome talks about a domain name mismatch (like the 2008 "big problem" that caused a conference at Microsoft).  Maybe everybody is getting stricter. In one case, the Tweeter does everything on MacIntosh (I know the person) and may not even be getting the error.

Second update:  Webroot scan found (and quarantined) an unusually large number of spy cookies, but no viruses.  I have not heard of a lot of the cookies. It may well be that Webroot has tightened its standards for what it considers acceptable cookie behavior.  Probably the spam email in my in-basket will go down. 

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