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McAfee Says Metacafee isn't safe?

For the most part I've very much enjoyed using McAfee Free Siteadvisor. Although something its done lately does have me a bit baffled. I've many times in the past used Metacafee for all sorts of videos. Now however its saying that Metacafe is unsafe & has had 70 something unsafe downloads. It has never said this before & I was wondering is there some sort of glitch occuring or is Metacafee really unsafe lately?

My appologies if this is in the wrong catagory or has already been posted, I'm new to these forums so I'm still learning. However, if some one could please answer this I would greatly appreacate it.

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Re: McAfee Says Metacafee isn't safe?

You're in the right spot. I presume you mean metacafe with one 'e'?   The SiteAdvisor rating process is automated so it would be difficult to ascertain exactly what changed to cause it suddenly to warrant a red rating.

The website owner has some options open:  https://community.mcafee.com/message/68874#68874

However, if you have relied upon it in the past and trust it personally, you can simply override that warning and go to the site anyway.  

SiteAdvisor is merely a tool to warn of potential pitfalls.


Message was edited by: Ex_Brit on 24/04/11 10:05:46 EDT AM
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Re: McAfee Says Metacafee isn't safe?

Not sure about this one. SiteAdvisor's site page says that 77 downloads are infected with the PWS-OnlineGames Trojan. These downloads are all apparently games, as you might expect, although metacafe is mostly associated with video downloads.

Google SafeBrowsing gives it a clean bill of health, and so does Norton; but - mixed messages again - user reviews there complain of malware downloads. WOT rates it okay but marks it down on child safety grounds. One recent note of malware on the site, and an allegation that passwords are stored on the server in plain, ie unencrypted, format (which would not be secure).

The site contains a great deal of content from mcstatic.com, the website of Harvey Chahal, stage name Static, a hip-hop artist from Vancouver, BC.

As for SiteAdvisor, the red blocking page cannot be overridden in Chrome. In Internet Explorer and Firefox the SiteAdvisor button turns red but there is no attempt to block access.

The SA messages are confusing and inconsistent. In the red IEand Firefox SiteAdvisor balloons it refers to the downloads; in Chrome the blocking page (like all the blocking pages I have seen on Chrome) claims there is a browser exploit. This looks like a problem with the SA implementation for Chrome.

Re: McAfee Says Metacafee isn't safe?

Sorry, forgot that Chrome sees things differently often.

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Re: McAfee Says Metacafee isn't safe?

Thank you all for input, I think for the time being I will simply stay away from Metacafe since there are plenty of other sites I can use.

Message was edited by: sodapop on 4/24/11 5:01:59 PM CDT

Re: McAfee Says Metacafee isn't safe?

LOL, maybe a good idea...all the best 😉

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