Norton SafeWeb rates WOT dangerous..?

phantazm
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Norton SafeWeb rates WOT dangerous..?

Post by phantazm » Tue Aug 26, 2008 4:00 pm

I recently noticed that Norton had also joined the advisor field.
But as I visited them today, I was quite surprised: WOT is RED!

16 threats are supposed to lurk here; "Severity: High".
Not just some nuisance factors, but directs threats
that surfers would catch as "Drive-By Downloads"....?

What the devil goes on here?!?
Somebody should take a closer look,
and resolve this absurd issue...

Here's the link: http://safeweb.norton.com/report/show?url=mywot.com&x=0&y=0

phantazm
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I forgot the details...

Post by phantazm » Tue Aug 26, 2008 4:28 pm

Norton found 16 instances. Here is a sample:

Threat Location on Site
C:\WINDOWS\system32\net.exe
http://www.mywot.com/.../ie
C:\WINDOWS\System32\WScript.exe
http://www.mywot.com/.../ie
C:\WINDOWS\system32\cmd.exe
http://www.mywot.com/.../ie
C:\WINDOWS\system32\net1.exe
http://www.mywot.com/.../ie
C:\WINDOWS\system32\attrib.exe
http://www.mywot.com/.../ie
VIRUS:[26637]Downloader
http://www.mywot.com/.../ie
VIRUS:[11027]Trojan.Dropper
http://www.mywot.com/.../ie
VIRUS:[40673]Infostealer.Gampass
http://www.mywot.com/.../ie
C:\WINDOWS\ydsi.exe
http://www.mywot.com/.../ie
C:\WINDOWS\tbyr.exe
http://www.mywot.com/.../ie

lordpake
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Wild guess from my part:

Post by lordpake » Tue Aug 26, 2008 4:28 pm

Wild guess from my part: people use active links when they post reports about malware?

instead of using stuff like hXXp://something(dot)sometoplevelhere

"Men make good pets."

phantazm
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You're probably right, but...

Post by phantazm » Tue Aug 26, 2008 4:45 pm

You're probably right, but the rating is still silly.
SiteAdvisor could be rated even more red, for the same reason.

I rather think this shows that robots have their limitations
compared to human reviewers... ;)

Guest

useless

Post by Guest » Tue Aug 26, 2008 5:02 pm

I think this new thing by Norton is useless, it shows safe sites as unsafe.

for example weebly.com where I have my site dim1319.weebly.com; it do not show subdomain and the safaty data are old maybe too old

http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2003-053013-5943-99

"W32.Spybot.Worm
Risk Level 2: Low

Discovered: April 16, 2003
Updated: November 30, 2007 10:19:46 AM
"
AntiVir Premium say that mywot.com and weebly.com are safe.

Finally I do not seen something better than WOT.

Greeting D.1319

lordpake
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Right you are about robots

Post by lordpake » Tue Aug 26, 2008 5:21 pm

Right you are about robots versus hunams :)

"Men make good pets."

Timo
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Re: Norton Safe Web rates WOT

Post by Timo » Tue Aug 26, 2008 6:52 pm

I just registered to Norton Safe Web and looked at the review for mywot.com. The review said that our IE-download page contains drive by downloads, which clearly is not true.

I asked Norton Safe Web to review our site again and correct the error in site rating. Let's see how long it takes them to change our rating.

phantazm
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Let us hope they correct things fast...

Post by phantazm » Tue Aug 26, 2008 7:07 pm

I also send a suggestion to them, after I discovered the feedback possibility.

Timo: "Let's see how long it takes them to change our rating."

Agree. It's a silly mistake, so it should be corrected soon. Let's hope so...

Sami
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Re: Download page

Post by Sami » Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:35 pm

If they're worried about malware links, why would they flag the download page? I mean, that's one of the few pages on this site where there's never been any user content. Must a bug in Norton's crawler or something.

Security_Wiz
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Rating

Post by Security_Wiz » Tue Aug 26, 2008 9:59 pm

They must have changed the rating yesterday, because two days ago it was clean and at 4.6/5.0.

I've been a member of their forum for three months now, I'll inform them of the issue. Hope they change the ratings soon!

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