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McAfee blocks Minimal Risk site

Wow - coming from the world of Linux ... I was informed by a Church member that is being blocked by McAfee Net Guard on Windows 10 using Edge Browser!  Just a little google exercised and finding the KB article about and how to dispute and add your site to a trusted list -- WOW!!  isn't this like a denial of service attack being perpetrated on our website by McAfee?  This is the EXACT reason I went to Linux...  to bad I could only drag a few Window users with me - but you guys just might be helping me convert more.  

Would you please help me help Window users stupid enough to use your product? 

Included in Mcafee ticket #2156475 on 
Although your database is showing this site as 'Minimal Risk' your software is blocking the site.  This site is located on a shared web hosting site through Arvixe and on server which is assigned by you as a phishing site ....   How do we resolve this? 
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Re: McAfee blocks Minimal Risk site

We regret for the inconvenience caused. We will review the submitted website and update the status.

Please refer the kb article for more details on Net Guard blocks connections to specific websites 


Re: McAfee blocks Minimal Risk site

I know this seems I am being very impatience ... basically because I am 🙂  but my ticket 2156475 just seemed to blow right by in a very cryptic email as open - followed by closed with feedback that anything changed.  My Domain had minimal risk .  However hosted on a server ( is ranked as phishing site.  There could be hundreds of websites on this server and I am sure a bad actor or more - but I opened a ticket on server's IP  .... ticket 2156647.   The ticket is open for review - but what is the solution here?   


Re: McAfee blocks Minimal Risk site

So let's recap how this process is going - My website is classed as a minimal risk site but was being blocked because my host provider's service IP was on the naughty list.  (NO HELP FROM MCAFEE TO DETERMINE THIS)  so request on my domain generated NO HELP FROM MCAFEE. This killed 24hrs

2.  I created a request to review my host provider server IP.  I have no way of knowing if there is one bad actor site on their shared hosting server.... could be hundreds....  it took two days and my site can be accessed if I go and manually removed the blocked IP from Net Guard. (it is in 'review status'  Wonder if bloked IP will automagicly get deleted during an update or any user blocked will remain blocked until NET GUARD is FLUSHED manually?  

3.  I understand the desire to build a trusted site database, but your bots, network analysis algorithms and AI is significantly flawed...  if you block legitimate sites how does this not class you as DoS (Denial-of-Service) attack?    


Re: McAfee blocks Minimal Risk site


Sorry for the inconvenience. Since because the ip address of the website is blocked by Net Guard, this has to be allowed in McAfee Net Guard. The below steps will help to fix the issue

  1. Open McAfee.
  2. Click Web and Email Protection or click the Gear icon at the top-right corner.
  3. Select Firewall, then scroll down and click Net Guard.
  4. Select the IP Address listed for the site that you want to access.

    NOTE: To identify the IP address by name, you need to use a DNS or IP address lookup tool.
  5. Click Edit, then change Block to Allow.
  6. Click Save, or Apply.



Re: McAfee blocks Minimal Risk site

Siva -

As for your solution- working around the problem is NOT A FIX.   As stated in the original comment - I have an open ticket on my web host's server and it is clear for now and holding in 'Review Status'....

I am pretty sure the best solution is uninstall McAfee (just for kicks) re-format the machine and install Linux :-)))  Best of Luck! 

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