PSA

August 16, 2011

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Just a public service announcement that if you arrived at our site from Google sometime in the past few days and got some ‘virus alert’ window, you may now have a virus – from that. Booooooooooooo Google virus.

Let me have Lloyd tell you some techno-babble that might help:

We were using an older version of WordPress, and that wasn’t a good idea. Anyway, if you have the site bookmarked, if you click on a link from another website or if you type the address into your address bar, then you don’t have anything to worry about. But there were a couple of days (well, at least one) where if you searched for our site on Google, you were redirected to one of those “fake virus removal” sites.

At that point, you probably wondered what was going on and clicked the back button or closed the browser window. Those are fine things to do in that case. But if, instead, you followed the instructions on your screen, there’s a chance that you might have a virus. But not if you have an Apple computer, and probably not if you keep your Windows computer updated.

In short, you’re probably fine, but we wanted to issue a general warning.

Lauren here again. Sorry everybody.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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5 Responses to “PSA”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Yikes! I’m using an older version of WordPress. But it’s probably older than the old version you had.

    How do you even know this was happening? Did somebody write you?

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  2. Lauren Said on:

    I found it at school on Saturday when I was waiting for some stuff to print, and yesterday my friend Kate asked me”What’s wrong with your website?” She is not happy.

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  3. Kristi Said on:

    Another good reason to own an Apple, I say.

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  4. Peggy Said on:

    Tell me more about the fake virus sites. I have had that happen to me & I’ve always just clicked out…but it happened to me the other day & I started following the prompts…then I clicked out. It was my work computer. And my work computer is working fine, so I should be good right?

    I always use the link in Brad’s site to go to yours. That’s safe right?

    Sorry you’re having this problem. 🙁

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    • Lloyd Said on:

      When I find a site that takes you to one of those “fake virus scans” I show it to my classes so that they can see an example of what to look for. I tell them it’s the most important thing they will learn that week.

      Yes, links from other sites were not effected. Just from search engines (and maybe social networking sites).

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