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December 31st, 2008, 10:21 AM #1Black 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
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?
December 31st, 2008, 10:31 AM #2Where's the Great Life of Affiliate Marketing Hiding?
December 31st, 2008, 10:37 AM #3
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."
December 31st, 2008, 10:41 AM #4Originally Posted by Bob Lawrence
Looks like the problem is in my computer. Something is changing search results for me. Actually that is a relief. Probably easier to fix.
December 31st, 2008, 10:59 AM #5
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?
December 31st, 2008, 10:59 AM #6
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December 31st, 2008, 01:16 PM #7
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.
December 31st, 2008, 03:07 PM #8
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.
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