Does The Blue need a flu shot? October 20, 2010 8:28 AM   Subscribe

Is anyone else having trouble accessing The Blue? Kaspersky is telling me that it's infected with Virus.BAT.Tnse.

This is a work computer, but I've never had problems here before...
posted by jenny76 to MetaFilter-Related at 8:28 AM (26 comments total)



Works fine for me but I don't have any anti-virus installed on this PC.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 8:30 AM on October 20, 2010


Hmm. I tried for more than an hour and it didn't work. Of course, when I just checked, it was fine. Typical!
posted by jenny76 at 8:32 AM on October 20, 2010


Huh, I just got the same message, for the same virus, from ZoneAlarm. Coincidence?
posted by Curious Artificer at 8:33 AM on October 20, 2010


What urls exactly give this error? what browser/ plugins/ userscripts, etc?
posted by boo_radley at 8:37 AM on October 20, 2010


> Norton says no viruses of any kind on this server.

I believe the part about no viruses, but no "annoyance factors" on Metafilter? Who are they trying to fool?
posted by Burhanistan at 8:41 AM on October 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Doesn't the BAT part of the virus name mean that the virus is spread via batch file? I'm not sure how that could infect a website. I don't see anything out of the ordinary here, but as boo_radley noted it would be good to get more details. For those seeing this virus warning: does it happen in different browsers? Do you have any browser extensions installed?
posted by pb (staff) at 8:48 AM on October 20, 2010


McAfee didn't find anything. There aren't any recent entries in the StopBadware clearinghouse, either.
posted by jedicus at 8:55 AM on October 20, 2010


It was happening in FF, and the only add-on is AdBlock Plus. Kaspersky history has this:

10/20/2010 11:25:25 AM Malicious HTTP object http://www.metafilter.com///www.metafilter: detected: virus 'Virus.BAT.Tnse' (modification).
posted by jenny76 at 8:57 AM on October 20, 2010


I got a horrible virus at the time that MeFi was infected several years ago. Coincidence? Who knows, but that box got wiped and converted to Ubuntu and it was the best thing that ever happened to it.
posted by caddis at 9:04 AM on October 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


I got a horrible virus at the time that MeFi was infected several years ago. Coincidence? Who knows, but that box got wiped and converted to Ubuntu and it was the best thing that ever happened to it.
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posted by Salvor Hardin at 9:13 AM on October 20, 2010 [6 favorites]


Mine could actually have been a coincidence. ZoneAlarm did a regular scan and told me that the file had been quarantined and would be deleted on reboot, so I rebooted. I was reading MetaFilter at the time, though.
posted by Curious Artificer at 9:20 AM on October 20, 2010


Kapersky was serving a Trojan over the weekend. Perhaps you got infected by it.
posted by five fresh fish at 9:33 AM on October 20, 2010 [1 favorite]


Their website was, that is.
posted by five fresh fish at 9:34 AM on October 20, 2010


We're running Kaspersky here and Metafilter is loading fine. Maybe you've already got something?
posted by charred husk at 9:40 AM on October 20, 2010


McAfee's not throwing up any red flags, even with a few page refreshes. (just in case something went way wonkly with one of the Deck ads) ((Yeah don't judge McAfee, at work and I can't use anything else)) (((Norton-IST)))
posted by deezil at 9:48 AM on October 20, 2010


I dunno about virii but the evolving Thomas thread has me dizzy
posted by The Lady is a designer at 10:14 AM on October 20, 2010


For what it's worth, Kaspersky have practically no info on the supposed virus and a date from 2004, which in computer time is approximately Precambrian. It is also classed as a file virus, not a network-propagating one.

A false positive from the looks of it.
posted by Dr Dracator at 10:22 AM on October 20, 2010


My employer has a ridiculously over-sensitive virus scanner, and it doesn't show anything.
posted by valkyryn at 10:26 AM on October 20, 2010


My kid had a runny nose this morning, but no fever. I'm at work so I can't check right now but I am comfortable going with "opalescent split pea".
posted by dirtdirt at 10:28 AM on October 20, 2010


Maybe it has something to do with Java? Every time I try to favorite I get a "the page is still loading, please wait to add favorites" dialog box and a link to this error page. I'm thinking work disabled Java or something.
posted by JoanArkham at 11:22 AM on October 20, 2010


No, I don't think there's any relation there, JoanArkham. Java and JavaScript are completely different technologies. We use JavaScript here on the site for adding favorites, we don't do anything with Java. I know that's confusing if you don't work with these technologies, but there's really no connection between them.
posted by pb (staff) at 11:27 AM on October 20, 2010


You get the "page is still loading" message if the page is still loading. But if the page looks like it has loaded completely, it often means you can't load this background file. Try clicking that link—you should see a bunch of text. If not, you might not be able to reach that file for some reason. Sometimes it's a network issue, most often it's just intermittent network flakiness that clears itself up.
posted by pb (staff) at 11:33 AM on October 20, 2010


Blocked by our NetNanny. OMG, I can't favorite while at work now! *sobs*
posted by JoanArkham at 11:40 AM on October 20, 2010


Is anyone else having trouble accessing The Blue? Kaspersky is telling me that it's infected with Virus.BAT.Tnse.

Kaspersky has been spreading that kind of slander about the Blue ever since it beat him at chess six games in a row.

Now if you'll excuse me I'll just get back to editing Wikipedia.
posted by George_Spiggott at 3:58 PM on October 20, 2010 [2 favorites]


What happens, for example, if some random text ends up looking like a virus?

X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EICAR_test_file
posted by tiamat at 10:51 PM on October 20, 2010


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