Off their feed

The death of Feedburner, hinted at a few months ago, can’t come too soon for Maggie:

I am beginning 2013 without a Feedburner account. My account was officially deleted this morning, January 1, 2013. A few days ago I explained in a post that an anti-virus program located in Moscow, Russia (Kaspersky) is telling readers that Maggie’s Notebook is a dangerous place to visit. Readers running Kaspersky on their computers received various messages from them, blaming some connection to Feedburner, my avatar (the Liberty Bell, no worries now a new version even though they look the same) and phishing (can you imagine my site a phishing site???). I know there were other concerned readers who abandoned ship and moved on. Some received a warning when visiting blogs which link to Maggie’s Notebook. Some took the time to tell the blog owner about it, and they alerted me.

This doesn’t seem to be Kaspersky’s fault. A comment by one of Maggie’s readers:

Kaspersky has a huge reputation in the AntiVirus market. They are at the top of the list for most geeks out there. I work as an IT person, and if I visit your [site] during the day, it has to go through not only a scan by our AntiVirus software (VIPRE), but also our firewall software (SonicWall) … neither has found anything. The firewall would have blocked the site totally if it found anything.

My guess is that it is pulling a false find. It does happen at one time or another … these companies are constantly updating their definitions, and sometimes they aren’t tested thoroughly.

We have installed SonicWall at 42nd and Treadmill, and among my regular reads, the site that it dislikes most is … um, mine. The firewall has since received slightly modified instructions.

The usual pattern has been that when Google buys a product line with the intention of killing it, they start upgrading their own competing product, and only then signal the demise of the product they acquired. I haven’t heard that any improvements have been made in Google Reader, so I’m guessing that they’re hoping that everyone will read feeds in Chrome. Good luck with that: at this writing, I have 206 subscribers using Safari (!), and 39 on Chrome.


  1. Maggie@MaggiesNotebook »

    1 January 2013 · 3:40 pm

    Maybe Kaspersky just needs to be more careful when condemnng a blog, because it’s serious stuff. The first time Kaspersky warned of my blog it was for phishing. That’s ridiculous and it came to down to someone reporting me. Really ridiculous.

    But Chrome does it too. You know how we right-wingers are: I think it’s a conspiracy :-) Thanks much for linking and happy New Year to you and yours.

  2. Maggie@MaggiesNotebook »

    1 January 2013 · 3:50 pm

    BTW, I just added you to my Outstanding Oklahoma Bloggers blogroll. I don’t think I realized you were one of us (Okies).

  3. CGHill »

    1 January 2013 · 4:45 pm

    There is indeed a ready supply of political griefers out there; I certainly have no reason to think myself immune to this sort of thing.

    Incidentally, the Incoming Links section of my WordPress admin, which is based on SimplePie attempting to grab from Google Blogsearch, is wonky again. Once again, the weak point seems to be the Big G.

  4. Charles Pergiel »

    2 January 2013 · 7:27 pm

    There was a good story about the anti-virus war in the local paper today. White-listing and behavior profiling seem to be the new techniques. I am using Chrome because it was installed by default on the machine I bought from the recycling shop. I am not sure I like it, but it hasn’t annoyed me enough to do anything about it.

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