I didn’t find out about Hurricane Irene’s path until yesterday. I knew there was a hurricane coming, but I just thought hurricane + August = normal. I know it was headed to the eastern coast until yesterday. It’s a good thing my plan to go to Maryland didn’t come to fruition. Randy has vacation time right now, and my mom and I had wanted to go to Ocean City. Randy didn’t want to, and they went somewhere in PA instead. Thank God for that! My father’s side of the family lives in Maryland, so I got on Facebook for the first time in a while yesterday to see what was going on there. The hurricane isn’t affecting us much here, we’re just getting clouds from it, and it’s a little windy. Central and western PA are getting some storms and rain.

I had a bad night and morning on Thursday and Friday. I got two troubles from TFL saying my domain had been marked as an attack site. They didn’t say by who or give me any information about it. Google wasn’t blocking my domain, and I wasn’t getting any warnings from Norton. I spent 6 hours combing through every file and folder in my account and found nothing out of the ordinary. I submitted my sites to Norton and they marked them as clean. Finally, when Googling my domain I happened upon McAfee SiteAdvisor. McAfee itself didn’t mark the site as bad, but due to one bad rating by someone they consider to be a trusted, experienced reviewer (and who looks to me to be a spammer, due to the sheer volume of sites they review, and the fact they post the same review over and over again) they listed my site as risky. All the review said was “Reported http://www.malwaredomains.com/” I checked all of malwaredomains.com’s list and my site didn’t appear on any of them. And I don’t see how my domain could be mistaken for any on there because I didn’t find any similar ones. Maybe something I said pissed the reviewer off and they did that to get back at me.

I don’t think it’s right that McAfee let’s people ruin a sites reputation without confirming what they said is true. I also don’t think the kind of reviews that person leaves are appropriate. Doesn’t McAfee have rules for reviewing? Why are users allowed to leave one word reviews? Reviewers should be required to actually review. If they say something is wrong with the site they should have to say what is wrong, where it is, what they were doing. And all reviews should have to be unique. Users shouldn’t be able to post the same review for every site. McAfee is one of the worst anti-virus programs and their site is obviously unreliable. I don’t understand why anyone uses them, when there’s Kaspersky, and even Norton. Norton may not be wonderful, but it gets the job done.

I contacted McAfee to dispute my sites rating, explaining that no other sites had found any problems with my domain, and that my site didn’t appear on any of malwaredomains.com’s listed, and that it doesn’t seem like it ever did. When I got on later someone from McAfee had gotten back to me, and my sites rating was fixed. At least their reply was prompt, and they fixed the problem quickly, though it could have been avoided altogether with more stringent rules. People deserve to be protected from malware and bad sites, but site owners deserve to be protected from unjust attacks on their reputation as well.

I don’t know if McAfee was the problem or not, because TFL hasn’t gotten back to me (all the responsibility is on the webmasters to reply and get everything done quickly, not the staff). But hopefully all this is resolved now.