Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Full Member jazzylee77's Avatar
    Join Date
    February 19th, 2005
    Posts
    199
    Black hat activity, scraping and cloaking
    In Yahoo I've seen one of my sites possibly scraped; the title and description are duplicated in Yahoo serps, I can see their url on hover, then click and it redirects to one of those junk search pages that use search terms to pass a variable. (I guess that's how they do it)

    I just picked this up last night while going over referrer stats. Then just now I searched the term popshops in yahoo. And the first result is a similar scraped thing.

    Affiliate marketing with PopShops: Build an affiliate store
    Use your affiliate marketing skills to create your own affiliate ... PopShops account ... "Using PopShops has completely turned my webstore business around, ...
    security-antivirus[.]com - Cached

    second is

    PopShops Terms of Service
    PopShops Terms of Service, notices and copyright information. ... Which merchants are in PopShops? FAQs for Merchants. Creating a useful data feed ...
    antivirus2009[.]com - Cached

    Don't click on it. It is one of those popup virus installers.

    Any clue how we can fight this?

  2. #2
    ABW Ambassador Bob Lawrence's Avatar
    Join Date
    July 2nd, 2007
    Posts
    1,090
    Here is a starting point.
    http://badwarebusters.org/
    Where's the Great Life of Affiliate Marketing Hiding?

  3. #3
    ABW Ambassador joyaz's Avatar
    Join Date
    September 27th, 2007
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    516
    I'd say your computer is infected with Spyware or Adware. I searched Yahoo for "popshops" and I too see those first 2 results exactly as described, but they lead to actual Popshops.com pages.

    Do a Google search for "antivirus 2009 removal" and you'll see all kinds of info about this particular malware. And I think the other domain you mentioned is related to this one.

    "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

  4. #4
    Full Member jazzylee77's Avatar
    Join Date
    February 19th, 2005
    Posts
    199
    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Lawrence
    Here is a starting point.
    http://badwarebusters.org/
    Duh!

    Looks like the problem is in my computer. Something is changing search results for me. Actually that is a relief. Probably easier to fix.

  5. #5
    ABW Ambassador Bob Lawrence's Avatar
    Join Date
    July 2nd, 2007
    Posts
    1,090
    Yes I beleive it must be something on your computer, as I tried IE7 and didn't get the redirect like I do on the other thread that I reported on. That was does affect IE7 only for some reason.
    Where's the Great Life of Affiliate Marketing Hiding?

  6. #6
    2005 Linkshare Golden Link Award Winner  ecomcity's Avatar
    Join Date
    January 18th, 2005
    Location
    St Clair Shores MI.
    Posts
    17,328
    Gone Phishin ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UddjreNhMEA as some affiliates out there have hijacked your system to shove their referral cookies up where the sun don't shine.
    Webmaster's... Mike and Charlie

    "What have you done today to put real value into a referral click...from a shoppers viewpoint!"

  7. #7
    Full Member jazzylee77's Avatar
    Join Date
    February 19th, 2005
    Posts
    199
    I hadn't had anything show up in my various spyware, trojan, virus scans for so long, it didn't even occur to me I had a BHO causing those results.

  8. #8
    ABW Ambassador 2busy's Avatar
    Join Date
    January 17th, 2005
    Location
    Tropical Mountaintop
    Posts
    5,636
    The official place to report any of those virus installers is at http://www.stopbadware.org/home/badware that gets Google to lock their sites out of the serps. It is a joint project with many collaborators like M.I.T. and Google.
    If it is on your computer, there are 3 or 4 recent threads about similar infections.

  9. Newsletter Signup

+ Reply to Thread

Similar Threads

  1. White Hat vs. Black Hat
    By ProWebAddict in forum Midnight Cafe'
    Replies: 34
    Last Post: June 5th, 2008, 10:47 PM
  2. Replies: 57
    Last Post: March 29th, 2008, 06:19 PM
  3. A Black Hat Seo ?
    By OfferDepotAlan in forum Marketing Resources & Power Tools
    Replies: 96
    Last Post: April 28th, 2006, 07:34 PM
  4. White Hat vs Black Hat SEO
    By hungerformore in forum Newbie Affiliate FAQs & Helpful Articles
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: October 2nd, 2005, 04:03 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •