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Watch out for Malware - (tinypic.info)

Several days ago, I discovered malware on one of my most popular images. How I found it was by using Chrome and clicking on the image and then “show more comments” at the bottom of the page to reply to comments. What I got instead was a warning that img2.tinypic. was attached and going further would cause my computer to be “ATTACKED” by the malware. It seemed the only options I had was clicking on this site or doing nothing. I did nothing.

Needless to say, I ran my Vipre scan and nothing came up. Then I went to RB through Internet Explorer and the warning did not come up. Huh…so I took it into the shop where it remains. It was assumed that I picked up a virus from our travels down to florida and logging into hotel wireless but why would I get it and not my husband.

So, my kind husband lent me his laptop and low and behold he had the same warning through Chrome on my imager. It occured to me it had something to do with RB and that specific image.

I wrote to RB, having nothing else to do while my computer is at the shop and through our dialogue in summary the problem resulted in someone who commented on my image with either a comment or banner that they got from img2.tinypic..

Redbubble responded: “One of the comments, I think, on your work contains a link to img2.tinypic.info which is a picture hosting site that is also known for malware. It is not on RB. People sometimes link banners from img2.tinypic.info and that is when the malware alert pops up. If the banner is hosted by img2.tinypic.info it is best to remove it.The site, tinypic.info, is noted for malware, so be cautious.”

So, working backwards, I started to delete feature banners, people putting up my image in frames as a comment, then comments but it still had the warning. With 154 comments to go through, I decided to just delete the whole thing.

So, I’ll repost the image but wanted to alert you all so you don’t have to go through what I’ve been going through.

One last comment from Rebubble, who couldn’t have been more helpful:

“You needn’t host images off site, we can host them here on RB and avoid hot linking, malware, etc.”

I haven’t done this and please don’t use tinypic.info to post comments here on RB. Thanks for reading.
Susan

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